JEFFERSON — Belva Jean Boone, age 72, Hickory Ct., Jefferson, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2013, during emergency transport to UH-Geneva Medical Center.
Belva was born in Jefferson, Ohio, on Dec. 18, 1941, to the late Belden Lewis Gilbert and Dora May (Wortman) Gilbert. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1959.
She worked at the Ashtabula County Health Department for 4 years (1959 to 1963). She married Daniel Boone of Colebrook, Ohio, on Dec. 16, 1961, at the First Congregational Church in Jefferson by the Rev. Vance Frank. They had two children; Shelly Lynne (Boone) Magda of Jefferson and Todd (Corri) Daniel Boone of Westerville. They have one grandson, Cody Tyler Magda serving with the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Fla. and one granddaughter, Nicolette Alexis Boone of Westerville. She also has a brother, Neil (Connie) Gilbert of Harpersfield Township.
Belva was the Jefferson Elementary School Secretary for 34 years from 1974 until retiring in 2007. When her children were young, she was a Girl Scout Leader for 4 years and helped with Little League and JAGS. She helped start, and played in, the Jefferson Women’s Softball League. She bowled in the JALS Teachers and Friends Bowling League for several years. In her youth, she was very active in 4-H and was the 1955 Junior Fair Queen. She competed with the Ashtabula County Junior 4-H Leaders Square Dance Team at the State Fair several times and served as a Camp Whitewood Junior Counselor for many summers. She currently was working for the Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes as their videographer.
Belva had been involved with the Jefferson Area Falcon Follies since its start in 1976. She started the Falcon Follies Board of Directors in 1981, remained on the Board for the next 22 years, and resigned in 2003. She directed the Follies in 1980, 1981, 1996 and was the General Chairman in 1983, 1992, 1999. She also participated in the Ashtabula Green Door Follies in 1980 and 1981. Belva took great delight in dancing in the kick line for most of the years she was involved in the Falcon Follies. She also enjoyed doing choreography, comedy and novelty solos. Belva received the “2002 Jefferson Community Service Award” at the Jefferson Citizen of the Year Banquet in 2003 for her work with the Falcon Follies. She refers to it as her “15 minutes of fame”.