Mrs. LeNora K Boyle

May 15, 1924July 17, 2020

LeNora K. (Lee) Boyle, 96, of Columbia died Friday, July 17, 2020, at her Tiger Place residence in Columbia. She was born May 15, 1924, in North Platte, Nebraska. Her parents were H.E. and Milly Klinefelter.

Lee was proud to have attended the Bethel one-room school for seven years in Labadie, Missouri, then graduated from Hickman High School, Class of 1941, and in 1946 graduated from the University of Missouri. She taught in Columbia and in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Public Schools.

Lee married William Lyle Fitzgerald on Oct. 14, 1944. Lyle was a recipient of the Silver Star in the Philippines in World War II.

On March 16, 1974, Lee married George V. Boyle, who had seven children. She was proud to note she taught all the children to drive in her new Pontiac using the Strawn School area in west Columbia for the training ground.

Lee was active in Fortnightly, Extension Wives and Hazel Ebert Kings’ Daughters. She traveled in many countries but considered camping in the Rocky Mountains and sleeping on the ground in a tent by a mountain stream to be the most beautiful experience.

Lee had an affection for and understanding of all animals and was quick to assist an animal in trouble no matter where. Her little dog, Rags, provided her with wonderful companionship during her later years. Everyone will agree that Lee had a wonderful sense of humor. She could see the funny side of things, and we were all better for having a chuckle as a result.

Survivors include her sister, Ann Allen of Olathe, Kansas; son James Lyle Fitzgerald of Fort Mill, South Carolina; sister-in-law, Lola Tracy of Cameron, Missouri; and stepchildren David Boyle of Columbia, Joan Barnhill of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Elaine Basham of Kansas City, Catherine Basse of Leawood, Kansas, James Boyle of Denver and Judy McMahon of Columbia. Christine Gee is deceased.

Lee’s daughter, Nancy Lee Racey; son William Mark Fitzgerald; infant child; husband Lyle Fitzgerald; parents, H.E. and Milly Klinefelter; and brothers, James and Halmar Klinefelter, preceded her in death. George Boyle died Thanksgiving Day, 2007.

Memorials may be sent to the Central Missouri Humane Society, to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary or to an organization of your choice.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 25, 2020



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Terry Overfelt

July 22, 2020

Lee was a delightful and fascinating person. She welcomed visitors and was an engaging conversationalist. She had such stories to tell. Her life was shared in her candid memories. She welcomed our visits from Broadway Christian Church but really delighted when we'd bring our pets. Our dog Jake was best behaved when in Lee's apartment and she delighted in his extra tall, German Shepherd Ears. Thank you Lee, for your laughter and deep faith. Thank you for your friendship to those on two and four legs. Happy, Heavenly Reunions!
Terry Overfelt
Broadway Christian Church

Stephanie Markin

July 22, 2020

I work in the Outreach department at the Daniel Boone Regional Library and occasionally brought library materials to Lee to listen to on cd. She always had a welcoming smile and a great tidbit of an interesting story to share. Many were from her life's travels. What a wonderful lady! I'm sure she will be missed by many. My condolences to her family and friends.
Stephanie Markin

Mollie McGeehon

July 21, 2020

Spending time with Lee the last year as a caregiver was a gift. Her bravery and grace as she lost her sight was an inspiration. She found the joy in each moment in simple things like the birds singing and a ripe tomato grown out her back door. She brought kindness to each person whose path she crossed. Rest in Peace Lee.


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