In memory of
Shirley H. Boundy
In memory of
Shirley H. Boundy
Boundy, Shirley H. 3/15/1937 - 3/31/2021 On March 31, 2021, Shirley Boundy died peacefully in Grand Rapids, and was awarded her wings. Shirley was born March 15, 1937 in Detroit to Katherine and James P. Hickey, the first of three children. After her primary education in Westland, she attended Olivet College and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in education. Shirley taught third and fourth graders in Wayne County, Michigan, before moving to Grand Rapids in 1965. In 1973, she and her first husband moved to Mount Pleasant, MI, to raise their three boys. When they returned to Grand Rapids in 1976, Shirley re-entered the workforce by volunteering as a publicist for Opera Grand Rapids, soon becoming the paid director of the education program. This led to her new position as head of public relations for the new Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids. It was during her time at the Marriot where Shirley's creativity and leadership skills began to shine. She led several high-profile events at the hotel, including the annual Freedom Run 10K race on July 4 and an annual Labor Day weekend event where as many as 20 hot air balloons were launched from the hotel grounds. Breaking down barriers in communication was important to Shirley which led to her most notable event. She directed a county-wide, massive emergency preparedness drill in which all Kent County emergency services mimicked a hotel fire, complete with hired victims, smoke machines, medevac 'copters, and blocked entrances – all in an effort to find gaps and improve communication between organizations. The event received national media attention and earned Shirley the highest award given by Marriott for community impact. Shirley quickly recognized her love and talent for communications and joined Westinghouse Furniture Systems in Grand Rapids where she received numerous marketing and community service awards. After seven years with Westinghouse, Shirley launched her own public relations and marketing firm, Hubers & Associates. It was in this role that Shirley became a force in the community, bringing visibility to many arts & cultural organizations of West Michigan, as well as office furniture manufacturers and educational institutions. Some of her clients included Kendall College of Art and Design, Teknion, Landscape Forms, Ferris State University, Aquinas College, the World Affairs Council and the Frey Foundation. Shirley's flair for event planning with a critical eye for detail became legendary, beginning with developing the format for the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra's annual Bravo Awards. For more than ten years, she organized trips for over 100 Kendall art students to attend Neocon in Chicago, the largest office furniture systems tradeshow. She also directed the production of many black-tie galas. If you saw Shirley at an event, you'd likely be greeted with her signature phrase, "Hey! I have someone you need to meet!" In addition, Shirley served on the boards of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, The University Club of Grand Rapids, Project Rehab and Friends of the Opera. She had been a member of First Congregational Church in Grand Rapids and the Public Relations Society of America. Shirley is deeply missed by her three sons, David Thompson and Robert Thompson of Grand Rapids and Jonathan Thompson (Selene) of Los Angeles; her husband of 24 years Bruce Boundy; her sister Joan Krause of Grand Rapids and brother James Hickey of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Above all, Shirley was a mentor to many – both young and seasoned professionals. She will be fondly remembered as a people connector, a community contributor, and always a teacher. Her stature, her smile, her confidence, and even her silver hair gave her a presence that made her both approachable and credible. A service to celebrate Shirley's life will be held when it is safer to gather. To read more of Shirley's story, or leave a memory or condolence please visit www.gerstfuneralhomes.com/obituary/shirley-h-boundy . In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by the Spondylitis Association of America, at www.spondylitis.org .
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In memory of
Shirley H. Boundy
Boundy, Shirley H. 3/15/1937 - 3/31/2021 On March 31, 2021, Shirley Boundy died peacefully in Grand Rapids, and was awarded her wings. Shirley was born March 15, 1937 in Detroit to Katherine and James P. Hickey, the first of three children. After her primary education in Westland, she attended Olivet College and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in education. Shirley taught third and fourth graders in Wayne County, Michigan, before moving to Grand Rapids in 1965. In 1973, she and her first husband moved to Mount Pleasant, MI, to raise their three boys. When they returned to Grand Rapids in 1976, Shirley re-entered the workforce by volunteering as a publicist for Opera Grand Rapids, soon becoming the paid director of the education program. This led to her new position as head of public relations for the new Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids. It was during her time at the Marriot where Shirley's creativity and leadership skills began to shine. She led several high-profile events at the hotel, including the annual Freedom Run 10K race on July 4 and an annual Labor Day weekend event where as many as 20 hot air balloons were launched from the hotel grounds. Breaking down barriers in communication was important to Shirley which led to her most notable event. She directed a county-wide, massive emergency preparedness drill in which all Kent County emergency services mimicked a hotel fire, complete with hired victims, smoke machines, medevac 'copters, and blocked entrances – all in an effort to find gaps and improve communication between organizations. The event received national media attention and earned Shirley the highest award given by Marriott for community impact. Shirley quickly recognized her love and talent for communications and joined Westinghouse Furniture Systems in Grand Rapids where she received numerous marketing and community service awards. After seven years with Westinghouse, Shirley launched her own public relations and marketing firm, Hubers & Associates. It was in this role that Shirley became a force in the community, bringing visibility to many arts & cultural organizations of West Michigan, as well as office furniture manufacturers and educational institutions. Some of her clients included Kendall College of Art and Design, Teknion, Landscape Forms, Ferris State University, Aquinas College, the World Affairs Council and the Frey Foundation. Shirley's flair for event planning with a critical eye for detail became legendary, beginning with developing the format for the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra's annual Bravo Awards. For more than ten years, she organized trips for over 100 Kendall art students to attend Neocon in Chicago, the largest office furniture systems tradeshow. She also directed the production of many black-tie galas. If you saw Shirley at an event, you'd likely be greeted with her signature phrase, "Hey! I have someone you need to meet!" In addition, Shirley served on the boards of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, The University Club of Grand Rapids, Project Rehab and Friends of the Opera. She had been a member of First Congregational Church in Grand Rapids and the Public Relations Society of America. Shirley is deeply missed by her three sons, David Thompson and Robert Thompson of Grand Rapids and Jonathan Thompson (Selene) of Los Angeles; her husband of 24 years Bruce Boundy; her sister Joan Krause of Grand Rapids and brother James Hickey of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Above all, Shirley was a mentor to many – both young and seasoned professionals. She will be fondly remembered as a people connector, a community contributor, and always a teacher. Her stature, her smile, her confidence, and even her silver hair gave her a presence that made her both approachable and credible. A service to celebrate Shirley's life will be held when it is safer to gather. To read more of Shirley's story, or leave a memory or condolence please visit www.gerstfuneralhomes.com/obituary/shirley-h-boundy . In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by the Spondylitis Association of America, at www.spondylitis.org .
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