Rebecca Charlotte Conner Boyd

Rebecca Charlotte Conner Boyd was born on May 10, 1928 in Graves County, KY, and died on November 27, 2018 at her home in Athens, GA.

She graduated in a class of 25 from Sedalia High School and attended Murray State College for her freshman year. On June 12, 1948, she married Louis J. Boyd, and they began a journey through life together that lasted an amazing, beautiful, love-filled 70 years. That journey included becoming the mother to four children who each will happily and eagerly tell you they won the lottery when it came to mothers.

Becky’s life was one of contrasts. From her small rural farm childhood, she lived in five different states, plus England. Becky and Louie’s adventures included trips with their children in a borrowed tent camper throughout the U.S., travel to four continents, as well as ocean and river cruises. Wherever they lived and wherever they went, Becky’s southern charm, genuine personality, beautiful smile and twinkling eyes attracted people to her. She collected friends everywhere, and her tremendous gift for hospitality served her well as the “hostess with the mostest.”

A product of the Great Depression, Becky early on learned the lesson of frugality, and never forgot it! As much as she could squeeze a dollar, she was also extremely generous with her time, talent, and treasure, and served as a wonderful role model for faithful servanthood. Over the years she served as a volunteer at her children’s schools and their activities, in each of the churches she called home, and as a partner to her husband in his professional role as a university faculty member. She earned her Ph.T degree (Putting Hubby Through) in 1951 at the University of Kentucky. A woman of many talents, including business skills, cooking, sewing, and shopping (always for a bargain), she was also proud to work part-time to contribute to her children’s college educations.

Becky is predeceased by her parents Walter and Gladys Conner and her five siblings. Her legacy will live on through her partner in life and love, Louie Boyd, her four children: Beverly (Tim) Gallagher – Carmel, IN; Beda (Andy) Cain – Athens, GA; Garth (Maria) Boyd – Vail, CO; Tina (John) Duckett – Gainesville, GA; her 12 grandchildren: Meghan Lentz, Caitlin Gallagher, Travis Gallagher, Jeremiah Smith, David Cain, Brandon Cain, Levi Boyd, Kristin Boyd, Cody Boyd, Garrett Boyd, Cameren Wilson and Joshua Mize; her 16 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. We will continue to love her like crazy, miss her every day, and enjoy telling stories about her for generations to come.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29 from 5-8 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens, GA.

The memorial service is Friday, November 30 at 1 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Athens. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Central Presbyterian Church PCUSA, P.O. Box 48224, Athens, GA 30604 or the Rebecca Conner Boyd Scholarship Fund, Murray State University, Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Walter Conner, Father
  • Gladys Conner, Mother
  • Louis J. Boyd, Husband
  • Beverly Gallagher, Daughter
  • Tim Gallagher, Son-in-law
  • Beda Cain, Daughter
  • Andy Cain, Son-in-law
  • Garth Boyd, Son
  • Maria Boyd, Daughter-in-law
  • Tina Duckett, Daughter
  • John Duckett, Son-in-law
  • Mrs. Boyd is also survived by her 12 grandchildren: Meghan Lentz, Caitlin Gallagher, Travis Gallagher, Jeremiah Smith, David Cain, Brandon Cain, Levi Boyd, Kristin Boyd, Cody Boyd, Garrett Boyd, Cameren Wilson and Joshua Mize; her 16 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

  • Central Presbyterian Church PCUSA
  • Rebecca Conner Boyd Scholarship Fund


  • Visitation Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 30, 2018

Rebecca Charlotte Conner Boyd

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Beda (Boyd) Cain

December 2, 2018

Each morning since you passed, I have heard your loving voice in my head..the same as it has been every single time that you called me or left a message on my answering machine: "Hey Sweetie, It's Mom.." I miss you so very much BJC

Chris Butterworth

November 30, 2018

Uncle Louie,
Thanks to you and Aunt Becky for living a life worthy of a lasting legacy. I'll always remember her as a woman of presence while humble in spirit, a woman who loved her roots, her husband, and her family. What a life together! May God grant you comfort in your bereavement. When you are afraid, may He give you courage,
when afflicted, give you patience,
when dejected, afford you hope,
and when alone, assure you of the support of your family and your brothers and sisters in Christ. We love you and your family.

Chris & Susan Butterworth

Jarred Crow

November 29, 2018


I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you and Becky loved each other. I will be praying for you over the coming days, weeks and months. Please know that we love you and often reminisce fondly on our trip to Athens.

May God give you a sense of peace and flood you with great memories of a beautiful love story lived out over many decades as a witness to many. May He help you navigate this time of grief in a healthy manner. May He comfort you with thoughts of Becky playing the back nine in heaven with Charles and Linda and with the spot that they have reserved for you whenever that day comes.

Much love and deepest condolences,

Jarred and Jennifer

Tina Skinner

November 28, 2018

I will always remember my Aunt Becky fondly. She had a smile and a laugh so big that reflected her big heart! She lived life large and I just remember her love and compassion for me when my mom, her sister, passed away. I will always remember Aunt Becky because she taught me how to fold a fitted sheet. I think of her every time I fold one 😍. I will always hold the friendship and sisterhood she and my mom shared together. I love you Aunt Becky, I will miss you but will hold your memory close in my heart. Tina