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Leigh Carlton Boyce, age 28, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at her residence in Wilmington.

A native of Greensboro, Leigh was born on September 20, 1984 along with her twin sister, Kelli and with her big sister Kristin close by. Leigh will always be remembered as the free spirit, the one who marched to a different drummer and the precocious child who grew into a happy, fun and free-spirited adult.

Leigh was currently enrolled in the radiology program at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, NC. She was working as a server at the Copper Penny in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Leigh lived all over the country. She grew up in Greensboro, NC, but also lived in Roanoke, Virginia, Asheville, NC, Seattle, Washington, and then she finally resided in Wilmington, NC for the past two years. She was a free spirit and lived her life to the fullest every day.

Leigh played Roller Derby for The Blue Ridge Roller girls in Asheville, NC for years and she also played for the Jet City Roller Girls in Wilmington, NC. Her roller derby name was "Disorderlee Conduct." She was a valuable team player and won many awards.

Leigh loved taking her dog Chloe for long walks on the beach or in the park. Chloe was the love of Leigh's life. They went everywhere together. Chloe loved to snuggle under the covers with Leigh. Leigh was a beloved sister, daughter and friend and will be forever remembered for her infectious laugh, sweet nature and gregarious spirit.

Leigh is preceded in death by her brother, Michael Earl Boyce, and grandparents Earl and Blanche Hodges and Claire and Mike Boyce.

Leigh is survived by her parents, father Barry Russell Boyce, of Wilmington NC, mother Jan Hodges Boyce, of Greensboro NC, sister Kristin Boyce and twin-sister Kelli Boyce of Greensboro, brothers Nick Boyce and Ryan Bennett of Wilmington; and sister-friend Rebecca Dodson; aunt and uncles Marc and Su Hodges of Marietta GA, and Joan Boyce and Lynn Purdie of Greensboro; cousins Luke and Katy Hodges of Marietta GA, and John, Charles and David Purdie of Greensboro. Also surviving are second mothers June Dodson and Laura Lee of Greensboro and a host of friends all over the United States.

Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Please share memories and condolences with the family at

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from May 13 to May 14, 2013
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