ODESSA Frances Arline Boyd passed away peacefully in Odessa, Texas, on 28 December 2012, at the age of 91.
Frances was born in Wooster City, Ohio, on July 2, 1921. She graduated from Creston High School in 1939. She earned a Degree in Elementary Education from Kent State University in 1942 and then taught 2nd grade in Ritman, Ohio. Frances attended Garret Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University
and later got a job with the Methodist Church in Ada, Oklahoma. After a stint as Director of Christian Education in Oklahoma City she moved to Lubbock, Texas, where she met her future husband, whom she would be married to for 54 years, during a youth retreat for the Methodist Church in Cita Canyon. She went on to become Director of Education at the First Methodist Church of Lubbock and University Methodist Church of Austin, Texas.
Frances was a devoted mother and wife who cared deeply about her family and always put them first. She was also a devoted follower of the Methodist Church. She had a kind heart and a sweet, calm spirit about her that inspired all people who met her. She made her plants flourish and thrive with her loving care of them and she was an avid bird watcher. Frances loved to write, producing many community journals and children's stories.
Frances married Claude in Austin, Texas, in 1955 and then went on to enjoy traveling, living and working all over the world with her
husband and family. She was a hard working, decorated servant leader, taking every possible opportunity to volunteer for charitable and impoverished community causes everywhere Claude was stationed, including Pakistan (where three of her children were born), Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Bolivia.
Frances is predeceased by husband, Dr. Claude Collins Boyd; father, Roy Haley; mother, Edith Dennis; brother, Leroy Haley; and granddaughter Germaine Surgeon.
Frances is lovingly remembered by sister, Althea Welling; daughters, Kimberly Ann Surgeon and Anese Nasim Forsyth; sons, Mark Kevin Boyd and David Chand Boyd; grandchildren, David and Elizabeth Forsyth, Arlene, Christopher and Danielle Surgeon, Haley Boyd, Stephen and Natalie Boyd; great-grandchildren, Camilla, Alyssa, Uli, and Josie; and numerous sons and daughters in-law, nieces, nephews and beloved extended family members and friends around the world.
Thank you mom for being there for us and loving us with all your heart and soul. We will love you always and forever.
A memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church, 415 N. Lee Avenue, Odessa, Texas (432-337-1526) on January 2nd, 2013, at 1:30PM with Terry Tamplen officiating.
Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.