Helen McCarthy Boyd (1918 - 2012)

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Helen McCarthy Boyd passed peacefully from this world on April 15, 2012 at the Chalet at Highgate Senior Living.

Helen Erma McCarthy was born to John Edward and Erma Noble McCarthy on May 6, 1918 in Townsend, Mont. When she was three, her father joined the Army and Helen and her mother moved to Bozeman, where Helen lived the rest of her 93 years. After returning from the service, her father was employed by Kenyon Noble Lumber Company. Helen's grandfather, Thomas Noble was a co-founder of this company.

Helen graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1937 where she participated in the girls' rifle team. She then took two years of business correspondence courses. She first worked in attorneys' offices and later was employed by the Dairy Industry Department at MSC. In 1946 she took a position as secretary to the director of the Montana Extension Service and in 1956 she was named finance officer for the Extension Service, a job she held until she retired in 1978.

In 1977 she married James Cecil Boyd, whom she had first met in 1940 when he was a graduate student at MSC and she was the secretary for the Dairy Industry Department. They traveled extensively following their marriage. She was active in Soroptimists, made enameled jewelry and did exquisite cross-stitch and needlepoint. She had an extraordinary knowledge of the Bozeman community and the people who lived there in the 20th century. She and Jim were founding members of the Sourdough Volunteer Fire Department and she served as its secretary-treasurer for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jim, in 2009 and by her sister, Elizabeth, who died in 1998. She is survived by her sister, Jane McCarthy of Helena and cousin, Meredith Miller of East Helena (sons Michael and Ken McGuire); in addition to her stepchildren, Barb (Bill) Berg of Portland, Jim (Kate McAnally) of Winchester, Va., and Carolyn Boyd (John Berg) of Bozeman. She was grandmother to Victoria Lozano (Alex Viglakis) of Billings, Greg Lozano (Dana) of Bozeman, Weston Berg (Chelsey Plunkett) of Portland, Megan Boyd (Peter Stines) of Wilmington, Del., Ryan Boyd (Josette Newman) of Phoenix, Sam Berg (Colleen Rau) of Oakland, Calif. and Libby Berg (Dan Weiczorek) of Naperville, Ill. She also enjoyed being the great-grandmother of Isaiah and Gavin Pehringer, Davis and Braeden Lozano, Dominic Berg, Riley Grace Rau Berg, Jada Thompson and Jackson Stines.

The family would like to express their thanks to the caregivers at Highgate Senior Living who provided Helen with a loving home for many years.

Donations in Helen's name can be made to The Sourdough Volunteer Fire Department, 10200 Cottonwood Road, Bozeman 59718, or the .

A celebration of Helen's life will be held on June 2 at 2 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Internment of Helen's ashes and a reception will follow the service.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Funeral Home
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-3184
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 6, 2012