Family of ‘loving’ former mayoress pay tribute to ‘caring’ mother and grandmother

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2018

Joyce Boyd.

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A ‘caring’ former mayoress has died at the age of 90.

Joyce Boyd moved to Weston from London when she was 13 years old and jumped right in, getting involved in projects and community groups.

Her granddaughter Natalie Crennell described her as a ‘pleasant’ woman who was ‘loved by everybody’.

She added: “She did not have a bad bone in her body.”

Her daughter Jacqui recalled her childhood with her parents, who were happily married for almost 60 years before her father Francis died seven years ago.

Joyce and her husband met in 1954 at a dance group held at the Co-op Hall in Weston. They married one year later at St John The Baptist Church in Montpelier and became Mayor and Mayoress of Weston from 1965-1966.

Jacqui said: “She really supported my dad through his year of office, especially during election times. They opened various businesses together, including most famously Weston’s Crematorium in 1966.

“She was just a caring and loving mum. People at the nursing home she was at said she was one of the nicest residents they had ever had.”

Joyce worked for a number of Weston businesses during her life, mainly focussing on retail and hospitality.

She worked at Spar Greengrocers before moving on to work at Westhaven School, in Uphill, in laundry.

She later went on to work at the Richmond Hotel on the seafront alongside her husband who was the manager.

Jacqui said: “When I was about 16 I remember my mum setting up a community open group called Broken Wings Trust.

“It was for women who have been abused.”

The family celebrated Joyce’s 90th birthday at The Blitz Tearoom in Waterloo Street in September where they said she was ‘looking really well’.

Joyce, who died in her nursing home after living with dementia, leaves behind a daughter, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

She also leaves four nieces and a nephew.

Jacqui said: “For us as a family it was a release for mum.

“It was what she had wanted seven years ago after losing my dad and now she can finally be with him.”

The family are still finalising the funeral arrangements.

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