Hazel “Marie” (Goff) Boaz

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Hazel “Marie” (Goff) Boaz, 92, formerly of Topeka, KS; passed away on July 25, 2020 at her home in Lenexa, her husband Don was at her side.

Marie was born in October 1927 in Topeka, KS to George E. Goff and Hazel C. (Worthington) Goff. She graduated from Berryton High School. On April 23, 1945, Marie married Floyd R. Rumsey who preceded her in death on June 10, 1953. Don Allen Boaz married Marie on June 30, 1956 and became her lifelong partner.

Marie retired from Washburn University where she served as Executive Secretary to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She loved her years at Washburn where she kept the Dean’s office running like a top, thoroughly enjoying her interactions with students and faculty. Marie was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Topeka, where she had many friends who shared her love of Christ and his teachings. Marie had a great appreciation for travel and took many wonderful trips with Don. She delighted in sharing stories of their adventures, particularly the food they enjoyed.

Marie had a passion for life and all who met her became part of her circle of extended family. She was beautiful, gentle, caring and thoughtful. Marie faithfully wrote cards and letters, never missed an important date, and always took the opportunity to say, “I love you.”

Marie is survived by her husband Don; children, Jeanette (Rumsey) Edwards of Van Buren, AR, Joyce (Rumsey) Bell of Overland Park, KS, Floyd Rumsey and his wife, Judy of Mission, TX and Donetta (Boaz) Colboch and her husband, Kent of Topeka, KS. In addition, Marie leaves six beloved grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Charles E. Goff.

A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church in Topeka, when family and friends can safely gather. Contributions may be given in her memory to First Baptist Church of Topeka, 3033 SW McVicar Ave., Topeka, KS 66611.


  1. Duane and Dorothy Wulfkuhle on July 23, 2021 at 10:16 am

    So sorry to see that Hazel has passed. I had wondered recently how Hazel and Don were doing.

  2. Rita Ferguson on November 4, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Marie was such a wonderful friend and support when I worked with her in the College of Arts and Sciences office at Washburn University. It was a particularly difficult time in my personal life and she was such a blessing and support to me.

  3. Shawn Harding on August 9, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Condolences to the Rumsey and Boaz families.

  4. Charles and Carol Middleton on July 29, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Marie was a Berryton High School class mate of mine and a devoted christian lady who was loved by everyone who knew her. I have been an e-mail buddy with Don for many years and
    always enjoyed seeing her and Don at many HS reunions. We extend our sympathies to Don and their family for her loss and we praise God for the life she lead in Christian service.

  5. Kathie and Jerry Wallentine on July 27, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    She was such a lovely lady and so personable. I am so sorry for this loss here on Earth. Heaven is rejoicing!

  6. Constance K Fralick on July 27, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Marie was a wonderful, loving Aunt to me. I have so many memories of special things she did, and many long ‘phone conversations we had. I will truly miss her.

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