Hilary Ruth Boram

hilary boram
Hilary Ruth Boram, 69, of Asheville, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Born in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, to the late John and Ruth McKleanan Burke, she was a Librarian for the Buncombe County Library System for 35 years, the last 15 years at the East Asheville Library. Ms. Boram was an avid reader, and a Bridge and Scrabble player. While in college she was a competitive tennis player . She tutored at Bell Elementary for 10 years and was a member of The Friends of The East Asheville Library. Survivors of Ms. Boram include two sons, Willie Boram of Phoenix, AZ and Louis Boram and his wife, Margo of Asheville; her granddaughters, Haley and Ally; one brother, Kenneth Burke of Madera, CA; two sisters, Eileen Gonzales of Fresno, CA and Sheila Bray of Madera, CA; also by her beloved dog, Fiona. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, at Groce United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Friends of The East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805, or to Care Partners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Louis,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family with the loss of your mother.
    Tim and Jamie Kelley

  2. My thought & prayers are with you & your entire family. There is nobody who loves you more than your mother & this void will be filled with fond memories to get you through.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and strength during this time. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask.


  4. Louis, please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Louis,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. I am sorry for your loss.

  6. Dear Borum Family, I mourn with you in your loss. I know your mother, Louis, was a big part of your lives and will be missed so much. I hope your fun memories of her will be a blessing. With love, Linda

  7. Louie & family: I extend to you my deepest sympathy & prayers in the passing of your precious mother. God bless

  8. Louie & family: my deepest sympathy in the passing of your precious mother.You are in my thoughts & prayers God bless

  9. Dear Louie,
    John and I are very sorry to hear that Hilary is gone. Unfortunately, previous commitments prevent us from attendint the Sunday memorial.
    Although we had been out of touch durig this decade, I remember her as a true friend and a hard-working theatre companion.
    May her heaven be, indeed, a kind of library. She is, and will be, missed.
    Hazel and John

  10. Hilary hired me at the North Asheville Library when I was 16 and applying for my very first part-time job. The work ethic I have today was largely formed through her supervision and example. Hilary was a fascinating person and always had something interesting to share from whatever she was reading at the time. And, of course, who can forget her Moped, which she rode to and from work many days? I can still see her heading down the hill as she left for home! We stayed in touch for years after I finished high school. Many of the letters she wrote me while I was in college were masterpieces of humor. My mother was a library patron, and Hilary befriended her as well. Hilary even came to my mother’s memorial service when she herself was recovering from surgery. Willie and Louis, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know you will miss her greatly. If I’d had a nickel for every time I heard her brag about you two, I would not have needed a job!

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Hilary was such a blessing to the students at Bell School.

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