Stella Bivens Boland

September 24, 1951February 22, 2014
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Beloved Martin County School District teacher Stella Bivens Boland passed away at home on Saturday, February 22, 2014. She had been a Sewall's Point resident for the past 33 years, having moved from Atlanta, Georgia in 1981. She fought a long courageous battle against lung cancer.

Visitation will be held 5-7 PM Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Aycock's Funeral Home in Stuart, 505 S. Federal Hwy. Stella's Celebration of Life Ceremony will be at the First United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL at 4 PM on February 28, 2014. A private family burial committal will follow later.

Survivors include husband Dr. Neil C. Boland and two sons, Jonathan B. Boland of Stuart and Neil C. Boland III of West Palm Beach. She was predeceased by a daughter Lauren Elizabeth Boland. Additional survivors are sister Beth McDonald and husband Scott of Oldsmar, Florida; two nephews, Andrew McDonald and wife Linda of Raleigh, N.C., and Tony McDonald of Tampa, Florida; three nieces, Amy E. Boland of Tallahassee, Florida, Britney Boland Barnes, and Dr. Whitney Boland Bond, both of Columbus, Georgia; brother-in-law Dale Boland and wife Linda and a sister-in-law Lisa Boland Watson, all of Thomasville, Georgia.

Stella was born September 24, 1951 in Logan, West Virginia. She was an intern in the U.S. Congress while attending the School of International Politics at American University in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974. She later earned her Master's degree in Education from the University of Georgia with further Graduate Studies at FSU, GSU, and FAU. She taught in the inner city Atlanta Public Schools, Dekalb Community College, Indian River State College, Martin County High, and Jensen Beach High. Later she taught AP Human Geography at South Fork High in its International Baccalaureate program until June, 2013. Stella was honored as Martin District's High School Teacher of the Year for 2012. She was selected a National AP College Board Reader, as well as ACT/ SAT proctor.

In 2007 Mrs. Boland was named Head Coach of Martin District's highly regarded Academic Team comprised of exceptionally talented students from all four Martin District High Schools. Her teams won Divisional First Place Florida State Championships in 2008 and 2013 in Orlando at the Commissioner's Academic Challenge.

Stella's lifelong contributions leave behind a legacy of remarkable community achievements for improved quality of life locally for both young and old. In 1983 she envisioned a need for starting a local hospice for the care of terminally sick patients. She and two healthcare professionals founded Hospice of Martin, which became the second hospice in Florida at that time. She served on the Hospice Board for years as Board Chairperson and Education Coordinator.

Mrs. Boland helped found the Project Graduation Foundation for local students to insure their safety the night after graduation. She also started the Treasure Coast Youth in Government program at the YMCA, allowing our county to participate in the Florida State Legislature in Tallahassee every year. She chaired the Sewall's Point Planning Agency for 15 years, as well as Chairperson of the St. Lucie River Initiative. She was honored in 1993 as Martin County Woman of Distinction.

In recognition of the admiration and love of her family, students, fellow teachers, and administrators, the non-profit Stella Boland Educational Foundation has been founded in order to provide educational grants to needy high school students. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Stella Boland of the Treasure Coast, 1700 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida, 34996. Contact Mr. Don Welch for further details 772-418-0261.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Ceremony Friday, February 28, 2014

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Linda Smith

March 4, 2014

What a wonderful lady and great teacher, we have shared many laughs, tears and I met her as a teacher many years ago. She was dedicated to all her passions. You will be missed so much.....Linda

Shelley Dodt

March 4, 2014

Our daughter received the gift of having Mrs. Boland as her teacher. She was dedicated beyond compare and very few people would give the last months of their lives to their"kids" . She truly cared and the difference she made will last a lifetime. Thank you Stella Boland

Susan Smith

March 4, 2014

Stella touched my life after I met her at a Bible Study held at the Methodist Church. She made a difference in my life and I will miss her words of wisdom and her kindness. She is now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is whole and well making a difference in Heaven. Thank you letting me know Stella.

Jeff, Lisa (Landis) & Jordan Schulz

March 3, 2014

Our family knew Stella as a great lady and an incredible teacher- gifted with the talent to inspire… She touched many… Loving Stella in her passing, and holding her family, friends, and all dear to her, close at heart.

March 2, 2014

Sorry to hear about your sister Stella, our thoughts
And prayers are with you and your family.
You and Scott are thought of often.
Carolyn and Charles McCann (Hamlin,WV)

Connie Burmeister

March 2, 2014

We only met Stella once. It was in a parking lot as the Academic Games team was loading into vans heading for a competition. Her impact on our grandson is profound. She took him under her wing and afforded him opportunities far beyond the scope of the usual teacher/coach. She was his mentor. She broadened his horizons, stretched him as a person, encouraged him academically, and challenged him to be a leader.. Our grandson is graduating this year from South Fork and has applied to top notch colleges. Who would have thought it possible? Mrs. Boland did. Thank you Stella.
Connie and Randy Burmeister
Grandparents of Mitch Price.

Mike Payne

March 1, 2014

My daughter graduated from the IB program at South Fork and I remember her talking so fondly about Ms she was working like mad on something from her class. I would marvel at how my daughter could be so crazy about such an obviously demanding teacher. Later, I would become a substitute teacher at South Fork and get to know Stella a bit for myself and would see the Boland magic at work. She just had "it". Somehow, she knew how to inspire students to do the best they could at whatever they did. The world of Education has lost one of the best but we can know that she left behind her positive mark on so many. Thank you, Stella Boland for being there for so many.

Kristin Buskey

March 1, 2014

I was one of Mrs. Boland's students and she was one of the best teachers I've ever had. She was always quick to help us whenever we needed it, and she wasn't afraid to kick us in the butt if that was what we needed, but she always did it lovingly because she wanted us to succeed. Every time I went to class it was always obvious that she loved teaching, and she loved what she was teaching. The world lost a great teacher, but we lost an even greater person with the loss of Mrs. Boland. She was loved by many, and she will be missed by all.

With love, Kristin Buskey

March 1, 2014

March 1, 2014

Thanks so much for Stella Boland...