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Catherine J. Boyd
Lights Funeral Home
1428 State St
Schenectady, NY
Boyd, Catherine J. SCHENECTADY Catherine J. Boyd, 91 of Schenectady, passed away on April 16, 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Born in Sumpter, S.C. and raised in Schenectady, Catherine was the daughter of Magdalene E. (nee Jackson) Cox and the Reverend Lafayette Clinton Cox. She graduated from Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady and attended New York University in New York City for two years. She went on to serve students for nearly three decades as a dedicated teacher and library aide for the Schenectady Public Schools, many of those years at the Woodlawn Middle School. Throughout her adult life, Catherine was deeply committed to her faith, family, and community. She was an active member of Friendship Baptist Church, and subsequently the First Baptist Church of Schenectady where she taught Sunday school and served on several committees of the church, including as chair of missions and outreach. Along with her husband, Ralph Sr., and other close colleagues, she helped co-found the Schenectady Branch of the NAACP, and was active for many years in the Schenectady Community Action Program, the Interfaith Community of Schenectady, and the Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SCIM). In 2010, she received a Community Service Award from the Baptist Health Systems in Scotia, a senior care facility co-founded in 1977 by her husband and the Reverend Bernard N. Morris. As recently as 2018, she was a regular participant in the annual CROP Walk for Hunger in Schenectady. Catherine was predeceased by Ralph Boyd, Sr., her husband of almost 70 years; her brother, Clinton Cox; her sister, Carolyn Cox; and her granddaughter, Jamie Boyd. She is survived by her sister, Paulyn Cox of Rotterdam Junction; her son, Ralph Boyd Jr. and his wife Angela, of Washington, D.C. and Denver, N.C.; her nephew, Len Parker of Pittsford, N.Y.; and her grandchildren, Kaitlin Boyd of Arlington, Va., Jessica Boyd Andrews and her husband, Brendan Andrews, of Charlotte, N.C., Magdalene "Maggie" Tovsky (nee Boyd), her husband, Capt. Aaron Tovsky, U.S.M.C. and their daughter Noa Jamie Tovsky of Swansboro, N.C., Kimberly Webster and her husband, Robert Webster, of Covington, Wash., and Jeremy Boyd of Denver, N.C. She also is survived by several great-grandchildren in the state of Washington, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and godchildren in Rensselaer and Schenectady, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. Catherine had a deep and abiding love for her family, friends, and community. They will miss her love, dignity, and elegance, along with her irrepressible wit, humor, playfulness, and basket full of practical jokes. A Christian service celebrating the life of Catherine Boyd will be held in the Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, on Saturday, October the 9, at 11 a.m. Interment will take place the preceding day, Friday, October 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Donations in Catherine Boyd's name may be made to: SCIM (Schenectady Inner City Ministry), 1055 Wendell Ave., Schenectady, NY, 12308 or at; The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala. at; Another Hope Children's Ministry in Kampala, Uganda via Global Giving at; and SOME (So Others Might Eat) at

Published by Albany Times Union on Oct. 3, 2021.
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Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Schuylerville
Emmanuel Friedens Church
218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY
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