Frances Arline Boyd

July 2, 1921December 28, 2012

Frances Arline Boyd passed away peacefully in Odessa, Texas on 28 December 2012 at the age of 91. Frances was born in Wooster City, Ohio, on July 2, 1921. She graduated from Creston High School in 1939. She earned a Degree in Elementary Education from Kent State University in 1942 and then taught 2nd grade in Ritman, Ohio. Frances attended Garret Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University and later got a job with the Methodist Church in Ada, Oklahoma. After a stint as Director of Christian Education in Oklahoma City she moved to Lubbock, Texas where she met her future husband whom she would be married to for 54 years during a youth retreat for the Methodist Church in Cita Canyon. She went on to become Director of Education at the First Methodist Church of Lubbock and University Methodist Church of Austin, Texas. Frances was a devoted mother and wife who cared deeply about her family and always put them first. She was also a devoted follower of the Methodist Church. She had a kind heart and a sweet, calm spirit about her that inspired all people who met her. She made her plants flourish and thrive with her loving care of them and she was an avid bird watcher. Frances loved to write, producing many community journals and children’s stories. Frances married Claude in Austin, Texas in 1955 and then went on to enjoy traveling, living and working all over the world with her husband and family. She was a hard working decorated servant leader taking every possible opportunity to volunteer for charitable and impoverished community causes everywhere Claude was stationed including Pakistan (where three of her children were born), Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Bolivia. Frances is predeceased by husband Dr. Claude Collins Boyd, father Roy Haley, mother Edith Dennis, brother Leroy Haley, and granddaughter Germaine Surgeon. Frances is lovingly remembered by sister Althea Welling, daughters Kimberly Ann Surgeon and Anese Nasim Forsyth, sons Mark Kevin Boyd and David Chand Boyd, grandchildren David and Elizabeth Forsyth, Arlene, Christopher and Danielle Surgeon, Haley Boyd, Stephen and Natalie Boyd, great-grandchildren Camilla, Alyssa, Uli, and Josie, and numerous sons and daughters in-law, nieces, nephews and beloved extended family members and friends around the world.Thank you mom for being there for us and loving us with all your heart and soul. We will love you always and forever. A memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church,415 N. Lee Avenue, Odessa, Texas (432-337-1526) on January 2nd, 2013 at 1:30PM with Terry Tamplen officiating. Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Kimberly Surgeon

May 21, 2013

I think of you everyday. Your guide me in my teaching and in my everyday life. I do miss calling you when I need your intelectual guidance but I think really hard and dig and I do find an answer so I know you are there with me always. I love you mom.

Libby Bernard

March 13, 2013

The Christmas card was just returned today and I knew the possibility of Frances' passing was probably a reality.
What a wonderful life to celebrate, along with your dad. Since we lived across the hall in Panama, we have kept in touch.
My thoughts are with all of you. Meade and I send our condolences.
Libby Bernard

Adolfo & Mary Covarrubias

January 10, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Heather Cedillo

January 2, 2013

what a wonderful woman. I send so much love to your family and hope they smile and cheer that you are home now. To my best friend Arlene Surgeon: i love you and will always be here for you. love yall!

Robbie Icaza

January 2, 2013

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Diane A. Huerta

January 2, 2013

I had the privelege of meeting mrs. Frances Arline Boyd, and i could see how loving and intelligent she was, now i know why her daughter Kim is just the same, may God Bless Your family Kim, and may ya find peace and comfort during this difficult time. love Diane A. Huerta

Pearl Hennig

January 2, 2013

I had the privledge to visit Frances at Sherwood several times and enjoyed her knowledge of many subjects. I learned to accept whatever life turns are in store for me. Hope I will accept it as good as she did.

Cynthia Wotring

January 1, 2013

I had the privilege to meet my husbands Aunt Frances over 20 years ago at my husbands family reunion. She had a wonderful big smile and was always so sweet to talk to. We corresponded over the years and I always looked forward to her Christmas letters. She love life, Claude and her family. France's you truly will be missed.

Julia (Hanes) Morris

January 1, 2013

When I think of family friends, first to mind are always Claude and Frances Boyd, who, truth be told always felt a lot more like family than friends. It's quite a blessing to have the memory of a recent conversation with Frances - still the sweet, loving woman that I first met 50 years ago. Thank you Kim.

Allen&Shawna Walters

January 1, 2013

much love and many prayers..