Bothilda Cleveland Obituary

Bothilda  Cleveland
Bothilda Cleveland

July 6, 1910 - October 3, 2004
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA


Bothilda "Bo" Cleveland, 94, died Sunday, October 3, 2004 at Wesley Acres where she resided. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2004 at Wesley Acres Community Room, 3520 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Private burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Bothilda was born the daughter of Max and Ella (Martin) Mahler on July 6, 1910 in Des Moines where she lived all her life. She received her B.A. degree from Drake University and taught English and Speech for ten years. Bothilda was active at the Des Moines Community Theatre for many years, both as an actress and as a past president of the board. She was also a member of the Drake Theatre Alumni Board.

Bothilda served on many municipal and county boards including the Des Moines Human Rights Commission, where she was chairman when the city's Fair Housing Ordinance was passed, the Des Moines Recreation Commission, the Polk County Health Facilities Board and chairman of the Polk County Mental Health Commission.

She also served on the Planned Parenthood Board, the Legal Aid Society of Des Moines where she was chairman when it first became a United Way Agency, the Family Counseling Service as chairman, the Council of Social Agencies and the United Way.

Bothilda was a co-founder of the Des Moines Herb Study Group, past member of the Des Moines Founders Garden Club, member of "Herb Society of America" and a lecturer on Herbs, Wild Flowers and Perennials. Her love of gardening was reflected in the extensive plantings she cultivated with great care at Meadowlark Acres, the hobby farm she shared with her late husband.

Other activities included running for City Council as a candidate for the Good Government Association in 1955, defeated in a hotly contested election centering on retention of the City Manager and the City Manager form of government. She recorded books for the blind and was the first white woman to become a member of the Booklovers Club. In recognition of her many services to the community, she received the Y.W.C.A. Woman of Achievement award in 1993.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackson Putnam Cleveland in 1996.

She is survived by her son, William Cleveland of West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund.




Wesley Acres Community Room
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, October 15, 2004
2:00 PM


Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312