Phyllis Elwell Boyd

September 6, 1927 - December 10, 2015
Phyllis Elwell Boyd


Phyllis Maxine Elwell Boyd, 88, of Wilmington, passed away at her home following a lengthy illness on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

Phyllis was born on September 6, 1927, in Tampa, FL, to the late Max and Iris Elwell. Phyllis was married for 58 years to the late Ronald H. Boyd on December 15, 1950. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ronnie M. Boyd; sisters, Phoebe Peterson, Yvonne Raynor, and Amelia Collins.

Although she has been retired for many years, Phyllis was well known as the “red headed” school bus driver on Masonboro Sound in the late 1950’s/early1960’s, as well as working at Sears for many years when it first opened at Hanover Shopping Center.

As a member of Masonboro Baptist Church, she loved talking about Jesus and telling stories about the “older folks” who lived on the Sound. Phyllis enjoyed talking about her children and grandchildren to anyone she met. She was also a very proud American who would be the first to stand and salute the flag.

She is survived by a son, Wayne H. Boyd and wife Marianne of Lexington, MI, daughter, Pamela L. Christian and husband Al of Dayton, OH, sisters, Patricia Cox and husband Jerry of AL, and Alice Outlaw of GA, five grandchildren Chris Boyd Johnson (Rick), Giancarlo Pinterpe (Jelennie), Patrick Pinterpe, Scott Christian, Erin Hamp (Leroy), five great-grandchildren Laura Johnson, Josh Bering, Marcello Pinterpe, Scarlett and Tristan Hamp, as well as many other special nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Monday, December 14, 2015 at the Masonboro Baptist Church cemetery. Reverend Gordon Wright will officiate the service.

The family will receive friends 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Sunday at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Masonboro Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1501 Beasley Road, Wilmington, NC 28409.

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  • December 12, 2015
    Marcie Campion says:
    Dear Pam and Family, We know your Mom was a wonderful person, because she raised such a wonderful daughter, that I have been blessed to know for several years. We are keeping you all in our prayers and sending you many virtual hugs. With our sympathies, Marcie, Jim, Gabe, Ben and Sam Campion

  • December 12, 2015
    Sandra Whidden and Edwena Cagle says:
    Mom told us constantly that Phyllis was her oldest and dearest friend. They would talk on the phone for an hour reminiscing about the good old days. Mom already misses her and is planning on their reunion in Heaven. We love you and you are in our hearts and prayers.

  • December 12, 2015
    Lee & Lena Pate lit a candle:
    Lit since December 12, 2015 at 12:33:06 AM

  • December 12, 2015
    Linda Benson says:
    Sorry for your loss Chris. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • December 12, 2015
    Sharon Kavanaugh Day says:
    Thinking of you Wayne and family as you say goodbye to your lovely Mom.