Mabel J. Boyd
January 11, 1930 – July 19, 2021
Age 91. Preceded in death by her husband of 44 years; Thomas L. Boyd; son, Douglas L. Boyd. Survived by sons; Bruce Boyd, Bob Boyd (Marla); daughters; Sue Boyd (Craig Lemke), Sandy O’Malley (Bill); daughter-in-law, Jody Boyd; sister; Norma Jean Lieb; brother-in-law, Phil Vandecar; sisters-in-law, Nancy Derickson, Chris Boyd; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many relatives and friends.
VISITATION: Thursday, July 22nd from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, July 23rd at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church, 216 S. 34th St. Private family burial. Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church.
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Mabel Jeanette (Derickson) Boyd was born on January 11, 1930, at the home of her parents at Steel Creek, near Dorsey, Holt County, Nebraska. She was the seventh of eight children of William and Cecile Mae (Throckmorton) Derickson. She passed away peacefully at home on July 19, 2021.
Mabel attended schools in rural Holt County. Following graduation from O’Neill High School in 1947, she taught in one-room schoolhouses in Holt and Knox Counties.
In 1950, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Boyles Business School. It was while she was studying at Boyles that she met and fell in love with Thomas Lee Boyd, also a student at Boyles.
Mabel and Tom were married in Clarinda, Iowa, on December 9, 1950. They made Omaha their home. To this union, five children were born: Bruce William, Robert Lynn, Susan Gail, Douglas Lee, and Sandra Nell.
In the late 1960’s, Mabel began working for the Omaha Public Schools. She served as School Secretary at both Mason and Henry Yates Elementary Schools. Mabel worked a number of years for OPS, until she retired in 1992.
Mabel was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Omaha for more than 50 years. She was active in the Women’s Program, served as a Deacon, and on a number of Committees at First Presbyterian.
Mabel kept active in her later years, including participating in a swimming group at the Downtown Omaha YMCA.
She touched the lives of many, many people.
Mabel enjoyed travelling, and she and her husband, Tom, travelled to the American Southwest, California, and to Washington State. She also travelled to Florida, New York State, Pennsylvania, New England, and Washington, DC. She loved to research family history – both her own family and that of her husband – and she enjoyed sharing the information she gained with other people. She loved attending athletic events and cheering on her children and grandchildren in whatever activities they participated in. Mabel also loved to take pictures of all the people who touched her life. No matter where she was, Mabel was always so happy to be there.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 45 years; one son, Douglas; three sisters; three brothers. She is survived by two daughters: Susan Boyd (Craig Lemke) of Omaha, NE, Sandra O’Malley (William) of Grand Island, NE; two sons, Bruce, of Arlington, Virginia, Robert (Marla) of Omaha, NE; one daughter-in-law, Jody Goldsberry-Boyd of Omaha, NE; sister, Norma Jean Lieb of Omaha, NE; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Derickson of O’Neill, Nebraska, Chris Boyd of New Braunfels, Texas; brother-in-law, Philip Vandecar of Omaha, NE; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a large group of dear friends.