Molly Broadfoot Vinzant Boa
Published 9:41 am Thursday, January 5, 2017
Molly Broadfoot Vinzant Boa quietly passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 76.
Mrs. Boa was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Laurel, to the late George Walton “G.W” and Dorothy Cunningham Vinzant. Following the example of her parents, she joined in, volunteered, and gave back to everyone she met. At Carr Central High School she was a cheerleader, a member of the basketball team, the Y-Teens, in the Hall of Fame, and a member of the student council.
After graduating in 1958, she attended and graduated from Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW). While there, she was president of her graduating class, Miss MSCW, a member of The Wesley Foundation, a member of the Lockhearts, on the President’s Council, in the Hall of Fame and Who’s Who.
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A lifelong member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, she shared her strong faith with others through service in the MYF in high school, later as president of the United Methodist Women, and years as a Sunday school teacher.
A strong advocate for superior education pushed Mrs. Boa to run for election on the Warren County School Board, where she was a member for over a decade and served as its president. She never tired of service to others, sharing with everyone her infectious laugh, her grace, her enthusiasm, and her deep spirituality.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Boa was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Elizabeth “Betty” Vinzant Stacy; a brother, George Walton “Buddy” Vinzant; a sister, Dorothy Lorena “Dot” Vinzant Schneider; and a brother, Thomas Carey Vinzant.
She is survived by her husband, John Alexander Boa Jr.; a daughter, Molly Rodman Boa Procell of Vicksburg; two sons, John Alexander Boa III of Boulder, Colo. and Drayton Hunt Boa (Amy) of Whitinsville, Mass.; nine grandchildren, Madalyne Grace Boa, Alexandra Rodman Boa, John Harlan “Jack” Boa, Drayton James Boa, William Hunter Boa, Mary Bay Broadfoot Procell, Mary Elizabeth Boa, Lyla Becton Jones, and Molly Street Jones; two brothers, Douglas Hunt Vinzant of Raymond and William Chalmers “Bill” Vinzant of Vicksburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Crawford Street United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Carey Vinzant, nephew of Mrs. Boa, will be officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the hour of service.
The family would like to thank the nurses, caretakers and staff of St. Joseph Hospice for their gentle care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to one of the following or a charity of the individual’s choosing: Crawford Street United Methodist Church, Children’s Ministry & Education, 900 Crawford St., Vicksburg, MS 39180; The National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131; or the US Soccer Foundation at ussoccerfoundation.org/programs/passback.