Eva Marie Boscamp, 94, of Waelder, went to her heavenly home Monday, September 20, 2021. Eva was born October 1, 1926 in Temple, Texas, the third youngest child of Stephen Charles and Eva Marie Deason. Her father was an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad and her mother a homemaker. She grew up in Temple and graduated from Temple High School in 1943. She attended Temple Junior College, North Texas State College, and finally graduated from Texas A&I College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She was a classroom teacher for 31 years, teaching 15 years in Sinton and 16 years teaching 2nd and 3rd grade in Gonzales. During that time, she was active in national, state, and local Teacher’s Associations. Upon retirement in 1981 she became a life Member of Gonzales County Retired Teachers Association.
At the time of her passing, she was a member of Gonzales First United Methodist Church. From 1979 until 2012 she served as a faithful and active member of the Thompsonville United Methodist Church and Waelder United Methodist Church. Receiving Christian Witness and Service Awards through those years from the United Methodist Church, Victoria District.
She began her teaching career in Sinton in 1946. During her first year there she met Clinton Boscamp, who had just been discharged from the Army Air Corps after having served in WWII. He was the manager of a Ford Tractor Dealership. They were married on July 19, 1947 in Raymondville. At that time, they had no idea they would share 63 years as husband and wife. Son, Clay Boscamp was born in 1952. The following year they purchased two G-I Tracts of land in northern Gonzales County through the Texas Veteran’s Land Program. This began a lifelong love affair with the area. Spending weekends and holidays staying in a small travel trailer, they worked to improve the property. Thirteen years passed before Eva, Clinton and their son, Clay, were able to move to the land in 1966. That same year she began teaching at East Avenue Elementary in Gonzales, in addition she assisted in the family’s purebred Charolais Ranch and poultry operation, keeping accurate and detailed records which proved to be quite helpful through the years.
After retiring from GISD, she enjoyed her retirement to the fullest. She was an accomplished seamstress and took pleasure in doing all kinds of needlework. For several years she was a Weather Watcher for KMOL Channel 4 in San Antonio. She helped to organize the Thompsonville Neighborhood Crime Watch. She took pride in canning or freezing the vegetables and fruits Clinton produced. For years she was the official “birthday cake baker” for her family and her cookie jar usually held a ready treat for anyone interested. In 2007 she was named “Outstanding Homemaker” by the Gonzales County Soil and Water Conservation District. The following year she was named “Conservation Homemaker” for 2008 by the Texas Soil and Water Conservation District Three. Though she was please with these honors, she considered them undeserved as she was just doing what she loved to do.
For 15 years she and Clinton were members of HitchHikers of America, an RV Travel Club. She helped organize the Austin area branch of HitchHikers of Texas. When traveling, she served as the Devotional Leader of the group. They visited Canada and twenty-five of the fifty states in their 5th wheel trailer. She was a member of the Saturn Friendship Club serving as reporter. She especially enjoyed writing about the club activities for the local newspaper.
But her greatest love was her family. She often commented how blessed she was to have all her immediate family living nearby and the joy of seeing them so often. Because of her love of writing, and because her grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoy hearing her stories, she recorded for them what it was like growing up as a child during the Great Depression, attending high school and college during the years of WWII, and experiences she had as a city girl learning to live in the country and helping to start a cattle ranch.
Eva Marie Boscamp is survived by her loving and adoring family, daughter-in-law, Julie Boscamp (wife of the late Clay Boscamp), grandson, Caleb Boscamp (Heather), granddaughter, Caitlyn Boscamp, great-grandchildren, Caleigh Boscamp, Coda Boscamp, and Kylan Kistler. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, sons, Clay Deason Boscamp, Cody Blake Boscamp, parents, sister, Margaret Bruce, brother, Monsignor Maurice Deason and infant son, Cody Blake Boscamp.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 am Thursday, September 23, 2021 in the Thompsonville Cemetery with a memorial service following at 11 am in the Gonzales First United Methodist Church with Rev. Eradio Valverde officiating. Honorary Pallbearers: Emmitt Currie, Billy Boothe, Dickie White, Bill Mayer, Ronnie Menking and Justin Johnson. Memorials may be made to the Gonzales First United Methodist Church or the GISD Education Foundation. Friends may leave their condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com.
Due to the present uptick in reported Covid-19 illnesses, protective measures regarding social distancing, and use of personal protective masks are recommended for the visitation, graveside service, and the memorial service. Those remotely symptomatic of COVID-19 are politely asked not to attend. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.