Lillian Lou Ann Boland
Lillian Lou Ann Boland
  • December 10, 1919 - January 25, 2018
  • Oklahoma

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Lillian Lou Ann Canon Boland of Oklahoma City, departed this life to join her heavenly father on January 25, 2018. She was born December 10, 1919, in Hinton, Oklahoma.

Lillian graduated from El Reno High School at the age of 16, and won first place in the State for Interpretive Prose. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech from the Oklahoma College for Women (now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma). Lillian was president of her class all four years and was selected Miss Oklahoma College for Women in 1939. She was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at USAO, and served on their Board of Regents. She went on to earn her Masters in Speech Pathology at the University of Michigan.

Lillian was drawn to the theatre at an early age. While living in Charleston, South Carolina she acted, wrote scripts, and directed plays. She met the love of her life Dr. John L. Boland, Jr. in South Carolina. Lillian and John married and moved to Oklahoma City. Together they raised two children, Annie and Michael Boland.

Lillian taught special education at Willard Elementary, and second grade at Britton Elementary. She was a college professor at the University of Central Oklahoma for thirty years teaching speech and humanities.

Lillian was active in multiple book clubs, Town Hall, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and a regular at the OKC Philharmonic. She was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Lillian loved the theatre and the arts, and was an avid supporter and volunteer of many charitable organizations. She enjoyed reading and followed activities in the El Reno newspaper as well as the Friday publication.

She was driven to achieve and had an inquisitive mind. She was extremely intelligent, personable and good-natured. She loved socializing and was very involved with the community. Lillian was a charming and special lady.

Lillian showed her strong will and spirit following losing both of her children within weeks of each other. She loved her family with a special passion. Lillian was an inspiration and charismatic individual.

Lillian was preceded in death by her father, Charles G. Canon; mother, Ruth Lowry Canon; husband, Dr. John L. Boland, Jr.; daughter, Annie Boland; son, Michael Boland; brother, James W. Canon; and, sister in law, Alice Davis Canon.
She is survived by loving nephews, nieces and cousins.