Marietta Hervatin Boswell

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Marietta Hervatin Boswell

February 07, 1932 - August 20, 2018

Marietta (Mary) Hervatin Boswell passed away Monday (Aug. 20, 2018). She resided in Damascus, Maryland for 52 years.
She is survived by two children, Nancy Long (David) of Rockville, Maryland and Jane Boswell of Mt. Airy, Maryland; and daughter-in-law Deidre Lewis Boswell of Frederick, Maryland. Other survivors include sisters-in-law Dottie Boswell of Morgantown and Nancy Hervatin of Akron, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Boswell, son, Robert Alan Boswell, and by five brothers, Dominick, Joseph, Tony and Sam Aloi, and Larry Hervatin.
Marietta was born Feb. 7, 1932 in Rivesville to Grace Verdura and Joe Hervatin. She was a graduate of Rivesville Senior High School.
Graduating from Fairmont State College in 1953, she was an accomplished athlete, lettering in tennis by playing on the men's varsity team and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Physical Education at West Virginia University in 1954. Later she was inducted into Fairmont State University's Sports Hall of Fame for being the first woman to letter in a sport at the University and for her other achievements throughout her life: obtaining #1 status both nationally and internationally for her age group, winning two Golden Grand Slams in both singles and doubles which was awarded at the US Open, was a member of United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tennis Cup Teams representing the US in international competition for 10 years, two USTA national titles for Senior Mother/Daughter tournaments and several Senior Olympics championships. In 2012, she was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame.
In 1954, she married Robert Boswell, also a physical education teacher with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Their life together included teaching in West Virginia, Florida and Maryland, from 1962-1990 in Montgomery County, the last 24 years at Damascus High School until her retirement. For 20 years she and her husband owned and operated Great Meadows Day Camp.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and were inspired by her.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Fairmont State Foundation at fsufoundation.org for Student Athlete Scholarships, or you can mail your donation to: Fairmont State Foundation, Student Athlete Scholarships, 1300 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.
Published on September 26, 2018
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