Bessie Boyd

September 16, 1918April 14, 2019

Bessie E. Boyd Bessie E. Kellogg Boyd, 100, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019, at her home at Fairwind's- Sandcreek Assisted Living in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Bessie was born on September 16, 1918, in Watertown, SD, to Clarence and Bessie Kellogg. She and her 4 siblings grew up and attended schools in South Dakota. She continued her education in Brookings, SD, working toward earning a teaching certificate, which required only one year to teach in the rural schools. However, her father encouraged her to attend school one more year so she could teach in the town schools. On May 14, 1944, Bessie married Ronald C. Boyd. They were loving partners for 63 years and raised four children:Douglas Boyd (Sheryl) Portland, OR, Stuart Boyd (Irene) Los Angeles, CA, Lyndell Bradshaw (Craig) Idaho Falls, ID, and Ronald Boyd (Laurene) Arvada, CO. Bessie and Ron lived in many places during their years together, including several places in SD, Massena, NY, Idaho Falls, ID, Leadville, CO, and Lakewood, CO. Everywhere they lived Bessie was a dedicated Elementary school teacher. She taught for over 30 years in many schools including Bel Air Elementary in Idaho Falls and Mitchell Elementary in Golden, CO. Bessie returned to Idaho Falls, ID in 2016 to be closer to her daughter, Lyndell. Bessie and Ron enjoyed traveling with family and friends. They traveled to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, and many different places in the US. After Bessie retired, she enjoyed being a volunteer tour guide at the Denver State Capital Building. She made many friends and loved sharing her knowledge of Colorado. Bessie enjoyed playing tennis, reading books, playing Yahtzee or bridge. She was always ready for a good game of bridge or chatting with her friends over a cup of hot coffee. A highlight for Bessie was the celebration her family held for her 100th birthday in September 2018 in Idaho Falls. It astonished her that she had lived "to be that old" in such excellent health. Her family and many friends spent the day celebrating her amazing long life. Bessie's husband, parents, and siblings preceded her in death. She is survived and will be missed by her four children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27th at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St. Golden, CO. Burial will be in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice or a local elementary school library.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 27, 2019


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Linda Card

April 21, 2019

Bessie was an amazing friend and neighbor to my mother, Jacquie Haughton. She was part of our family and always loved knowing all that was happening with Jacquie, her children and her grandchildren. We have so many wonderful memories of Bessie telling stories and caring so much for us. Mom and Bessie shared many meals, played many card and board games and even enjoyed going to Vail together! We will miss her! Linda Card