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Published on October 18, 2019

Foundation gift honors twins who died on the same day

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Foundation gift honors twin sisters.

Marcella Gardner and Maxine Boughton entered the world together minutes apart and left it within hours of one another.

Better known as the McDowell twins, Maxine worked at Boscobel Area Hospital, now known as Gundersen Boscobel Hospital, for 45 years. Her identical sister Marcella worked there for 41 years.

They were living together at Boscobel Care and Rehab when they fell ill and died hours apart in May 2018.

"Both women were devoted to their families and their work at the hospital, providing care and compassion to both," says Gary Boughton, son of Maxine.

The families of the McDowell twins honored their legacy with a gift to the Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics Foundation. Outside the Emergency Department, patients can find an engraved bench in their memory.

A gift to the Foundation can serve as a lasting tribute in memory of a loved one or to honor the difference someone has made in your life. We can help plan a specific gift or direct your donation to where it’s most needed.

To learn more, visit or contact Foundation Director Natalie Tollefson at (608) 375-6300 or by e-mail

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