Marie Walser Bozeman

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A former missionary dies. On Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, a very gracious lady, Marie Walser Bozeman, 88, quietly went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom she served much of her adult life. After her long struggle with Alzheimer's, Marie's children gladly release her into the hands of the One she loved so dearly. Her homecoming was a joyful reunion with her husband, daughter and a multitude of saints. Marie was a lover and appreciator of all beauty - in creation, literature, art and especially music. Her greatest delight, however, was in the 32 years she spent as a missionary to the people of South Korea. There she invested her time in encouraging and nurturing the lives of countless people, especially children. Whether in orphanages or on orphan delivery flights, in schools or hospitals, Marie simply loved children. Wife for 52 years, mother of five, no one who met Marie Bozeman was left untouched by her gracious, unconditional love. A quiet, gentle spirit and a great encourager, her life exemplified the words of Proverbs 31: "The law of kindness was on her tongue." A native of St. Louis, Marie served in the U.S. Navy in World War II in Hawaii, where she met her husband, Oscar K. Bozeman. A secretary by trade, she worked for the Korea Baptist Mission as secretary and hostess for many years. She received her B.S. from LSU and a master of science in education through the USC extension program. She is survived by her children, Laura Bozeman May and husband Doug, of Katy, Texas, Oscar "Konnie" Bozeman III and wife Cindy, of Jefferson, Wis., Gail Bozeman Compton and husband Kim, of Columbia, Tenn., and Randy Bozeman and wife Jesslyn, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; a son-in-law, Stewart Robinson, of Salt Springs, Fla.; plus 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren who called her Nana. In addition there are dozens of nieces and nephews, both related and unrelated, to whom she was "Aunt Marie," as well as numerous others on several continents who were touched by her thoughtful words, gifts or loving hospitality. She is also mourned by her loyal friend and caregiver of six years, Luisa Celaya. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar "Boze" Bozeman, who was of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Barbara Bozeman Robinson, who was of Salt Springs; and a brother, Herbert Walser, who was of St. Louis. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. with a viewing at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Greenoaks Cemetery following the service. Memorials in Marie's name may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, taken to support missionaries abroad, c/o International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230.
Published in from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2010
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