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Pauline Francis Boyd


10/13/1925 - 03/04/2015 Obituary
Pauline Francis Boyd Obituary
Pauline Francis Boyd was born on October 13, 1925 in Oklahoma. Her parents were Claude & Opal Williams. She was preceded in death by siblings: Lee, Bill, D.M. Williams & Johnny Mayo. Surviving sister is Daisy Alton. She was married to Edwin (Bud) Boyd for over 72 years. They have two sons: Gene & Jerry, 4 grandchildren: Kim, Michael, Evan and Tatum, 6 great grandchildren: Candice, Jered, Peyton, Paige, Garrett, Emma, Cameron and Ethan, and 4 great, great grandchildren: Ryder, Hannah, Elijah and Dani Lynn.
Pauline grew up in Shafter, CA. However, Pauline met her sweetheart, Bud, in an onion patch in Sawyerville, CA. Her father was a foreman of an onion crew. One day Bud's friend took him out to visit Polly's brother, Bill. Bud took one look at Polly, who was helping in the fields, and told his buddy, "That beautiful girl is going to be mine!" It wasn't long before they were married.
Bud & Polly made a good life for themselves in Bakersfield, CA. While Bud worked for Smart & Final, PMT and CME, Polly worked for Lufkin, then as secretary to the Superintendent of Kern County Schools. She then worked for Social Security and, finally, retired after 14 years with the IRS.
Polly & Bud worked hard all their lives but they, also, knew how to have a good time. They took their boys camping and water skiing almost every weekend, usually with lots of friends and extended family. Their home was frequently a gathering place. Everyone was amazed at how Polly could throw together a delicious dinner for a whole crowd on the spur of the moment. It became her trademark with everyone that knew her. And she made sure each person had a 'care package' to take with them. They hosted many dances at their home and were a part of a Square Dance club called Arsenic & Old Laces. Later Bud & Polly became active in their CB club, (her handle was Gad About and his was Big Moose) and they frequently traveled with their camper club.
During their golden years they continued to enjoy the company of family and friends. Over 150 people celebrated and danced with them at their 50th, 60th & 70th wedding anniversaries. Channel 17 interviewed them on their 70th anniversary and the Kern County Board of Supervisors made a formal recognition of their amazing 70 years together.
Polly went home to be with the Lord on March 4, 2015. She will be remembered as a warm and loving lady who was always at Bud's side. Together, during their 72 years of marriage, they reached out to help many people. They opened their home and their hearts to all of us. And Polly, or Granny, as most referred to her, knew how to make us all feel we were welcome. We loved her and she will be greatly missed. We will try to remember the phrase she so often said, "We have so many blessings to be thankful for."
Pauline's Memorial Service will be held at N. Minster Presbyterian Church, 3700 Union Avenue in Bakersfield, CA, on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 11:00. A lunch and reception will be held there, also, in the Eisenhower Hall following the service.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 10, 2015
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