June 27, 2013
Francis C. Boyd, a longtime resident of Nevada City, passed away quietly with family on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a long and eventful life.
She was born in Minneapolis Minn., on July 24, 1920, to George Gray and Rachel Cowie. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she made her way to California and to Honolulu to support the war effort. In 1945, while serving as a secretary to the commander of Hickam Field, the Army Air Corps Base at Pearl Harbor, she married Colonel George E. Boyd, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war they settled in Palo Alto, Calif., to raise a family. After retirement they moved to Nevada City to be close to family and friends.
A dedicated volunteer, (She had a bumper sticker that read, “Volunteers go to Heaven.”), Fran worked with the Palo Alto Stanford Hospital Auxiliary, eventually becoming president of the organization. After moving to Nevada City, she served for many years on the board of the Nevada Theater Commission and volunteered for Nevada City Chamber of Commerce events. She was active with the Empire Club, Gay Nineties and other social clubs.
She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Webber (Russ) of Rocklin, Calif.; sons David Boyd (Carole) of Fallbrook, Calif., and Bruce Boyd (Holly Tornheim) of Nevada City, Calif.; grandchildren Eva Boyd and Ian Boyd; and three great- grandchildren.
We all knew her as a very lively and strong force in our community. A beauty — social and stylish. She was a liberal to the end and dedicated to making this a better world. She was a great mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.
Fran requested not to have a memorial service. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed toward the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center and the Yuba Watershed Institute.