Maurine L. Bovee, 93, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 in Shawnee Senior Living in Herrin, Illinois. She was born June 13, 1927 in Elgin, IL to Harry and Hazel (Bailey) Olsen. Maurine married Gene W. Bovee on February 9, 1946 in Dundee, Illinois. Together they shared 64 years of marriage. Gene passed away September 16, 2010.
She is survived by her daughter, Claudia Broom (Bill) of Carbondale, IL; son, Terry Bovee of Cobden, IL; daughter, Dawn Kittoe (Ken) of Waukesha, WI; son, Jeff Bovee (Terese) of Augusta, KS; daughter, Lynn Holmes (Ken) of Iowa City, IA; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Bovee of Springfield, IL. She is survived by 16 grandchildren: Jessica Jones, Matt Broom, and Sarah Pienkos; Travis Bovee and Whitney Perschbacher; Kurin and Keith Kittoe; Nick, Josh, Ryan and Kyle Bovee; Emma, Natalie and Adam Holmes; Sarah and Ben O’Brien and 9 great grandchildren: Dorian Miller; Mallory and Zachary Broom; Connor, Gracie and Evan Jones; and Vivian, Valerie, and Victor Pienkos.
A dedicated volunteer, she and her husband, Gene, served 1672 volunteer hours at the Marion VA Medical Center. She was President of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary from 1993-1996 and the 5th District Vice President of the Illinois Marine Corps League from 2000-2002.
Maurine loved God, her beloved family, and helping others. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who touched deeply those she knew and loved.
She will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned for next year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church, Carbondale. Huffman-Harker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the memorial guest book, visit: www.thesouthern.com/obituaries.