Obituary: Deon Woolfolk Boe — Darien fashion designer, invented the wrap-around skirt
Deon Woolfolk Boe, a resident of Darien, CT, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Norwalk, CT. Born on December 11, 1930 in Cincinnati, OH, she was the daughter of the late Richard H. and Helen (Hughes) Woolfolk. She was 85.
Deon was a graduate of Barnard College and Parsons School of Design where she received the Golden Thimble and was a top student. Deon had an extraordinary career in fashion design from the 1950’s to the 1990’s while being a devoted mother to five children. She was founder of Boe Jests, Inc. in New York, NY, a women’s classic sportswear manufacturer. She invented the “wrap around” skirt, launched Sea Weeds, a swimsuit line and Sally Forth, a children’s clothing line in the 1960’s. She was head of design for Point of View in Stamford, CT, a women’s classic sportswear manufacturer. She was a designer for Tanner, Inc. in New York, NY, a women’s sportswear manufacturer.
Deon was chairman of the Darien Art Show and volunteered her many creative and culinary talents for fundraising for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Low Heywood School. She was also a member of Wee Burn County Club. She was highly creative, a gourmet cook, was known for her quick wit, strong intellect and had a wellspring of creativity and wisdom.
She is survived by her four children, Susan “Tinker” Boe of New York, NY; Roy “Sam” Boe, Jr. and his wife, Karol, of Bedford, NY; Amanda Boe Faulkner of Rowayton, CT and Todd Erling Boe of Darien; and six grandchildren, Tyler Boe Drexler and her husband, Eric; Bradford Faulkner; Matthew Faulkner; Caroline Faulkner; Lillian Boe and Andrew Boe. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Janet Marie Boe of New York, NY. She was predeceased by her former husband, Roy L. M. Boe and a daughter, Jeremy Clark Boe.
A Memorial Service was held at the Rowayton United Methodist Church, 5 Pennoyer Street, Rowayton on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM with Rev. Karen Eiler. Interment will be private.
— by the Family