Born Soon Ja Kwak in 1936 in South Korea, she left war-torn Korea and came to the United States to attend college. After two years at Pasadena College in California, she transferred to George Washington University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology.
She is survived by her son, Gary Boward; his wife Jill; and two grandchildren, Katherine and Matthew, all of Woodbridge, Va.
Inurnment will be at the Columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery. Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice.