Artie Marilyn Mashburn Boswell was born Nov. 22, 1929, to Art E. Mashburn and Susie Anna Glover Mashburn. She passed from her earthly life on Dec. 8, 2020, to spend Christmas with her husband James L Boswell, who preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 2008, after 61 years, 5 months, and 24 days of marriage. They are now dancing and singing together:
"Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars . . . ."
Artie was born in Shawnee, where she spent her school years, graduating from Shawnee High School in 1948. She was the track queen at Harrison Elementary school. In high school she played clarinet in the SHS band and was a band majorette.
Along with her sisters, Louise and Betty Sue, they spent many summers playing with their cousins on the Mashburn side of the family in which they created many special memories.
In 1946 Artie and Jim decided they wanted to get married, so they eloped to El Reno on Aug. 1. They drove back to Shawnee, but did not tell their parents until many weeks later when Jim invited Artie on a family trip to California. Both sets of parents insisted they have a church wedding, so they had a second ceremony at Immanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 28, 1946. Artie and Jim had a daughter, Chris Lynn in 1948 and son Randy Martin in 1952.
They lived in Shawnee except for a couple of winters when they went to Palm Springs, California, with Jim’s parents to work and enjoy the wonderful California weather. In the winter of 1955, they moved to Midwest City. Artie took on the roll of Girl Scout leader, census taker, medical technician, and PTA mom.
She was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church and the Dorcas Circle of the Methodist Women’s Group. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi International Women’s Organization, where she and Jim made many good friends.
In 1976 Artie and Jim moved to Chickasha, where they lived until 1986, returning to their beloved Shawnee. Being back in Shawnee, she was able to reunite with her old school friends. Artie and her friends would celebrate their birthdays with dinner out usually at Van’s Pig Stand downstairs. There seemed to be a table at Van’s where Jim’s and Artie’s initials had been carved back in the late 1940s. Artie moved to Norman in 2012 to be closer to her family. She and her friend Margie phoned each other every day and read through the entire Bible over the phone.
This mother, grandma, great-grandma, aunt, cousin, friend will be sorely missed. She was strong, stubborn, but mostly sweet and leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, caring, and faith.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Chris L. and Tommy Bishop, grandchildren, John Boswell McFarland and wife Heidi and his mother Frances Linn Powers, Darcy Pippins, Kayla Schoelen and husband Paul, Neil Boswell and fiancée, Alicia Lonelodge and daughter Azlin; great-grandchildren, Jack, Jake, Josh, and James McFarland, Shelby and Lucy Pippins, and Andrew Schoelen.
Artie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James, her son Randy, her grandson Jesse Boswell, and her sisters Ethel Louise Webster and Betty Sue Ford, and step-father Gerald B. Stockton.
A family celebration of Artie’s life will take place in the Spring of 2021.
Memorial contributions may be made in Artie’s name to Wesley United Methodist Church, 302 E. Independence, Shawnee, OK 74804
Artie Boswell is under the care of Resthaven Funeral Home, Shawnee.
Posted online on December 18, 2020