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Kate Elizabeth Boyd

Memphis, TN

Kate Elizabeth Field Boyd passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, after a long illness at the age of 72.

Elizabeth attended Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College) and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

She started in the Executive Management Program of First Tennessee Bank in 1974 eventually working as the Manager of the Germantown Branch. Later in her career, she was in charge of the Debit Card division, retiring in 2003 as Senior Vice President of Deposit Services.

Elizabeth served on the Board of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy for 10 years. Prior to that, she also served as a board member of Friends of Shelby Farms. She fought to protect the park, dreamed and planned it's future, and saw it through to implementation. Shelby Farms is part of her legacy. She also worked with the American Heart Association, Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue, and held various positions for the City of Germantown including, Germantown Planning Commission (1993-2002), Board of Zoning Appeals (2003-2012) and a member of the Germantown Chamber of Commerce representing First Tennessee Bank. She was also in the Leadership Germantown class of 2000.

Elizabeth was a member and volunteer at Germantown Presbyterian Church. She was actively involved in the Hand Bell Choir, Paula's Hearts and Hands (a knitting ministry), an usher and a number of other activities at the church.

A world traveler, lover of good food and good wine, knitter, avid reader, prolific photographer, community activist, and devoted friend – she lit up the world around her and was the ultimate connector of people.

Her causes were many: the rescue and care of abandoned dogs, the desire to make the natural world a joy to many through her work with Shelby Farms Park, her service to the city of Germantown and her devotion to her family. Her greatest loves were her family and her friends.

She had a knack for bringing people together in various activities and groups such as book clubs, dinner groups and the like. Her many friends will always have her near with a photo album she made for them, a pair of socks she knit or a frequent toast of Prosecco to a memory that brings a smile.

Her blessings and inspiration live on in the lives of her son Will Boyd and his children Beth and Charles; her daughter Kara Nunn (Nick) and their children Megan, Kristin and William, along with her sister Anna Field Ellis (Cato) and their children Erin Ellis Avery (Chris) and Bear Ellis (Paige). She had a wonderful relationship with her ex-husband Bill Boyd, his wife Joyce and their two children Catherine and Kenneth.

Elizabeth was preceded by her loving parents Jennings Pemble Field, Jr and Elizabeth Durley Field.

Services will be at 1:30 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Germantown Presbyterian Church, with visitation to begin at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers send memorials to: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 17, 2018
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