Phyllis Prigmore Boardman, founder of Children’s House
Phyllis Prigmore Boardman, of Dubois, Wyo., died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation in Riverton, Wyo. She was 89. She was born to John and Laura Prigmore in Oklahoma City in 1925. President of her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in education. Later, she earned her master’s degree in early childhood education from Oklahoma City University. Phyllis married John Edwin Boardman in Paris, France, in 1949. They raised their three sons, splitting their time between Oklahoma and the family ranch at Torrey Lake, near Dubois. They enjoyed entertaining friends and traveling, whether roughing it in the Wind River backcountry or touring the world in style. In her retirement, she divided her time between the ranch and Green Valley, Ariz. She was most proud of the Montessori school she started in Norman. Her school touched and enriched the lives of thousands. Children’s House is still thriving today, more than 45 years later. Phyllis was predeceased by her two sisters, Patricia Ozmun and Pamela Willis, as well as her husband, John. She is survived by her sons John, James and Joseph (Karen), and grandson, Eli (Joseph). Per Phyllis’ request, no public services will be hosted. A family service will be scheduled at a later date. Given her dual loves of early childhood education and Dubois, those wishing to honor Phyllis’ memory can make a donation to the American Montessori Society or the Dubois Museum.
From the Norman Transcript