After leaving teaching, she wrote news and feature articles for Stephenville’s Empire Tribune. She later became a published author with two best-selling novels. Personally, she loved crafts, reading, writing, and once commented she possibly paid for a wing at one of the casinos. She had several business ventures outside her career, including a gift basket service and being a graphics artist.Mrs. Boardman is survived by son, Michael Roy Sheppard, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Lyndie, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Ryan Sheppard, and fiancé, Ashley Bailey, of Beaumont, Cody Sheppard, of Spurger, Corey Tucker, and wife, Miranda Files, and William Tucker; sister, Sandra Jean Chambers, and brother-in-law, Eugene, of Lingleville; nephews, Chet Chambers, and wife Korissa, of Stephenville, and Quenton Chambers, and wife Katie, of Stephenville; and extended family, Jamie Moorehead, and husband, Robbie, and Millie Wise, and husband Rodney. She will also be remembered be numerous students who kept in touch through the years.
She was preceded in death by father, Paul H. Kilgore; step mother, Elizabeth Kilgore; husband, Bill B. Boardman, Ed. D., sister, Brenda Joy Knouse; daughter, Christi Lynn Boardman; and nephew, Jon D. Knouse.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Lung Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.