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Muriel C. (Anderson) Boyd, 89, of Roscoe, lost her battle against ALS on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Muriel was born December 6, 1927; in Rockford to Floyd "Vic" and Mildred (Johnson) Anderson. She was a 1945 graduate of East High School. After a lifelong member of Bethesda Covenant Church, she chaired the Bethesda Missionary Society and was a member of the choir for 60 years. Muriel was an extraordinary artist sharing her talent to all including as an arts and craft volunteer at the Goldie Floberg Children's Center, and sending individual hand-painted Christmas cards every year. Her specialty was capturing nature in water colors and she hand carved and painted decoys. Muriel married Gene R. Boyd on August 28, 1948 and enjoyed a loving, caring relationship for 69 years. She was the central communication hub of a very large extended family and researched and created genealogies dating beyond 200 years.
She is survived by her loving husband, Gene; sisters, Gloria Meli of Rockford and Jennine Derix of Sarasota, FL and her children. Bennett (Lisa) Boyd of Paducah, KY, Bradley (Debbie) Boyd of Argyle, IL, and Bonnie (Hank Kornelius) Boyd of Lake Sherwood, MO; grandchildren, Dylan Boyd, Derek Boyd, Collin Boyd and Shannon Daily; great-grandchildren, Annika Boyd, Bailey Boyd, Blake Daily and Ethan Daily; along with 8 nephews and 3 nieces. Predeceased by her parents; and granddaughter, Hannah Leigh Boyd.
Come and celebrate Muriel's life with the family. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., 1001 Second Ave. Rockford. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Bethesda Covenant Church 2104 E. State St. Rockford with Rev. David Lindfors officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethesda Covenant Church or ALS Association, 1275 K. St. NW Ste. 250, Washington, DC 20005.

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  1. Jerry Scharfenberg

    It was always a joy receiving Muriel's individual hand-painted Christmas card every year. Though I haven't seen her in years, we have been in online contact and recently I received the updated genealogical report. What an effort this was. She was always wonderful to my mother, Lucy, and I know she will be missed by everyone. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  2. JoAnne Bonnell

    I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful wife and mother. The whole Boyd family is in my thoughts at this time.

  3. Carol Cedarleaf Hightower

    I so remember Muriel's guidance and leadership with I joined the choir at Bethesda when I was a teenager. Muriel had always been a part of my life as a child. We re-connected many years later after I had gone to college and relocated. She was a beautiful person - loving, caring. I think of her with fond memories, and am thankful for our oneness in Christ. Continued prayers for her lovely family. Carol Cedarleaf Hightower

  4. Robb and Kae

    We are very saddened with the passing of Muriel. Her smile and wonderful disposition will be missed. Heart felt condolences to family.

  5. Karin Nelson Ropp

    I'm so sorry to learn of Muriel's illness and home going. I can never remember her without her beautiful smile. She was a blessing to me, and, I know, to many others at Bethesda.

  6. Phil & Linda Meli

    Gene and family, We are truly sad for your loss. Muriel was a remarkable woman in many ways. We celebrate the many wonderful years together and hope and pray for loved ones and friends to console you at this time.

  7. Billy Berkheimer

    Gene and Brad. You all are in my thought's and prayer's. So sorry I can't be there. The years we spent together at Sjostrom, so many years ago. Your generosity in bringing me home from Northern Wisconsin following a snowmobile accident. Please except my deepest sympathy.

  8. Sally Vogt

    Dear Boyd family, I am sorry for your loss. May your love, prayers and memories provide comfort to you during this time. My condolences.

  9. Bob and Diane Boyd

    We were saddened to hear of aunt Muriel's passing. She was a great lady. Unfortunately we are out of the area and will not be making the services.God bless you. Bob and Diane

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