Ethel Alexan­der Boyd “Miss Buddy”

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Ethel Boyd passed away on May 3, 2019, af­ter a pe­riod of de­clin­ing health, sur­rounded by fam­ily, at peace, thank­ful for a life rich with sim­ple bless­ings. She was 91. Talk about a sweet soul, when­ever any­one came to visit, she’d greet them with “Come in the house!” And she was known to all as Buddy, named by her fa­ther be­cause the two went ev­ery­where to­gether. “Come on my lit­tle buddy,” he’d say to her. “Let’s go.” The term of en­dear­ment stuck.

Buddy was born on Nov. 23, 1927, the old­est of Fred and Kath­leen Alexan­der’s two daugh­ters. A Char­lotte na­tive, she grad­u­ated from Thomas­boro High School, where she of­fered a hint of her up­beat spirit. She was a cheer­leader for three years. Years later, she helped or­ga­nize a re­u­nion of the grad­u­at­ing class from 1945, which met reg­u­larly at the old Bar­clay Cafe­te­ria at SouthPark. She was the pres­i­dent of the neigh­bor­hood gar­den club and in­stru­men­tal in the land­scap­ing of the newly built Pinewood Ele­men­tary School in the mid- 50’s Buddy worked for a time as a sec­re­tary, but de­voted the best part of her life to keep­ing house and tend­ing to their two sons af­ter mar­ry­ing Howard Boyd in 1946. Howard, an Exxon/ Mobil re­tiree and Buddy were mar­ried for 67 years be­fore he died in 2014 at age 87.

Life for Buddy was as sweet as her soul. They were ac­tive in the Exxon/ Mobil retirees group and at A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church. She en­joyed lis­ten­ing to all kinds of mu­sic and tend­ing to flow­ers. She spent the last five years in nurs­ing homes, her grace and good cheer brightenin­g ev­ery place she went. Near the end, when­ever any­one would do any­thing for her, she would whis­per “Thank you.”

Buddy is sur­vived by two sons, Don­ald Boyd and his wife, Diane (whom she con­sid­ered a daugh­ter), and Jeff Boyd and his wife, Karen; two grand­sons, Bryan Boyd and his wife, Lynn, and Hamil­ton Boyd and his wife, Amanda; and two great- grand­chil­dren - Allison and Lan­don Boyd She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, Fred and Kath­leen Alexan­der; her hus­band, Howard Boyd; and her sis­ter, Nancy Klas­sette.

A ser­vice to cel­e­brate her life will be at 2 p. m. Tues­day, May 7, in the Fran­cis Chapel of Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road. Vis­i­ta­tion fol­lows at the church. Burial will be in For­est Lawn West Ceme­tery

A gift in her mem­ory can be made to St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Mem­phis, Tenn. 38105.

The fam­ily is deeply grate­ful for the love and care shown by ev­ery­one at the last place she called home, White Oak of Wax­haw, espe­cially Ter­essa and Zhanna.

Just as Buddy wel­comed ev­ery­one by say­ing “Come in the house!” her fam­ily takes comfort in know­ing that when it was her time, God ex­tended her the same sweet in­vi­ta­tion.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Funeral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 6417606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www. ken­neth­poe­ser­vices.com.

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