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Ansley, Boyce - Atlanta  
Boyce Lineberger Ansley ATLANTA, GA - The family and friends of Boyce Lineberger Ansley mourn the loss of a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Boyce died on June 20, 2016 from heart failure. The daughter of the late Anna Boyce Rankin and Joseph Lineberger, she was born on May 31, 1946 and lived her early life in Belmont, NC, spending glorious summers in Blowing Rock, NC where she solidified her love of nature and wildlife. She graduated from Chatham Hall preparatory school and from Hollins College in 1968, after which she moved to Atlanta, GA. She met Atlanta native Shepard Bryan Ansley and married him in May 1970, making Atlanta her permanent home. Daughters Anna and "Poncie" were born in 1972 and 1976. Everything that Boyce touched was the beneficiary of her enormous heart. She was a firm believer in philanthropy and in "giving back" of her time, her energy, her funds and her wisdom, and she raised the bar for all. She was a natural leader and instinctive fund-raiser; as a consequence, she was in demand by the many organizations whose purposes were aligned with her varied interests. She was the Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union and was chair of the Atlanta Opera, the Georgia Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land (founding member), the Atlanta Preservation Center, the Roosevelt/Vanderbilt Conservancy in Hyde Park New York, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Frazer Center, Chatham Hall and the Davison School. She also served on the boards of Hollins College (now University), the Board of Visitors of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the National Society to Prevent Blindness, the Atlanta Girls' School, the Washington National Cathedral, the Junior League of Atlanta, the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center and the Center for Puppetry Arts. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Boyce was awarded the American Historic Preservation Award from the Garden Club of America and the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award by both the Georgia and National Societies of Fundraising Executives. The Trust for Public Land recently named Boyce as the 2016 Conservation Champion. Boyce was charming and relentless as she raised funds for the important causes she championed. It was well known that an invitation for lunch with Boyce could be very expensive; one could expect a delightful conversation plus a compelling solicitation for a contribution. She was a member and President of the Cherokee Garden Club and Nineteenth Century History Class, and a member of the Piedmont Driving Club, the Colonial Dames of America, the Forward Arts Foundation of Atlanta and a founding member of the Hollins College Garden Club. A devout Episcopalian, Boyce was a member of the Vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, serving two terms as Senior Warden, and on the board of its Training and Counseling Center (TACC). While her achievements as a civic leader are legion, she was even more outstanding as a loyal, caring, and hysterically entertaining wife, mother and friend. She lived her life to the fullest with integrity, grace, courage and tremendous humor, as well a little known penchant for writing poetry. She will be missed. In addition to her husband Shepard, she is survived by daughters Anna Ansley Davis (Arch) and Florence ("Poncie") Bryan Ansley, both of Atlanta; granddaughter Anna Boyce Davis and grandson Archibald Hilliard Davis II; sister Anna Lineberger Stanley (Verner) of Charlotte, NC; three nephews and a host of friends. A service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, June 23, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the Parish Hall at St. Luke's. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Atlanta Opera (1575 Northside Drive NW - Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30318); George Washington's Mount Vernon (P.O. Box 10, Mount Vernon VA 22121); Hollins University (P.O. Box 9629, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24020); Chatham Hall (800 Chatham Hall Circle, Chatham, VA 24531-3085); the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514), St. Luke's Episcopal Church (435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308) or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on June 23, 2016
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