Maysville Woman Named "Senior Star"

Contact: Amanda Nelson




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 17, 2004) -- Ethel Marie Boulden-Foley, of Maysville, has been named the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging 2004 “Senior Star.” The award, established in 2002 by the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation, honors a senior who exemplifies aging gracefully while continuing to contribute to his or her community or family.

Boulden-Foley, who was 90 years old on Sept. 9, taught in the Maysville City School System for 41 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kentucky State College and did graduate work at Morehead State University and Eastern Kentucky University.

Boulden-Foley received her education during a time when it was uncommon for women, especially African-American women, to achieve such goals. She remains an active volunteer in her community and continues to manage her family tobacco and cattle farm.

Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. appointed Boulden-Foley to the Board of Regents in 1980 and she served until 1984. She is active in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, and Methodist Women at her church, where she plays the piano.

The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation board members and judge executives throughout Kentucky nominate candidates for the senior star award. Previous awardees are Thomas D. Clark of Lexington and Dr. William Becknell of Manchester.

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