BOYER, Phyllis Boyd Oct 30, 1914 Jun 28, 2014 Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother Phyllis Boyd Boyer passed away at home on June 28, 2014, at the age of 99. She was born in Stafford, Kansas to Robert and Ida Boyd on October 30, 1914. Raised in Topeka, Kansas, Phyllis graduated from Topeka High School in 1932. She attended Washburn University, where she was the prom queen in her senior year, graduated with honors in 1936, and was inducted into the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society. While attending Washburn, she worked as a part-time stenographer at the Kansas State Attorney General’s Office and at The Menninger Clinic in Topeka. She was the wife of Kenneth Reed Boyer, whom she married in 1938, and preceded her in death in 1987. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Harold and Leonard Boyd. She is survived by her daughter Rebecca Hansen (James) of Omaha, and their children Jeffrey (Stephanie), of Omaha, and their children Eleanor and Rebecca; Elizabeth Hansen, of Omaha, and her children Jonathan, Saunders and William; son John K. Boyer (Lynne), of Omaha, and their children David (Rolando Garcia), of Palo Alto, CA; and Michael (Holly), of Omaha, and their children Luke and Mia; daughter Jane Hadler (Richard) of Lake Forest, IL, and their children Eric, of Bluffton, IN; and William (Megan), of Lake Bluff, IL, and their son Matthew; and nephew Robert Boyd (Mary Jane), of Hutchinson, KS. Phyllis worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Topeka, KS, taught humanities at the University of Nebraska Omaha and enjoyed traveling, reading, golf, bridge, and playing the piano. She also spent countless hours volunteering for activities in which her children were involved including Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts, PTA, choir mother, Sunday school teacher, and many more. In her Benson neighborhood she was the “neighborhood mom” and always had a yard full of kids. Phyllis was the second oldest member of Dundee Presbyterian Church where she was a member for 75 years and an active leader in the Dundee Womens Association. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta since 1932 and long-term member of PEO. The family traveled throughout the United States with Phyllis educating her children on history, geography, and culture; interests that have been passed on to, and embraced by, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Kenneth and Phyllis also traveled extensively throughout Europe. Her intelligence, independence, humility, faith, love of family, strength of character, and optimism were an inspiration to all who knew her. Phyllis was a devoted wife, a loving and supportive mother, grandmother and great grandmother, trusted confidant, and a lovely and gracious friend. She said her family was her greatest blessing. Her family has wonderful memories of all the cherished times spent together. There will be a private family service at Dundee Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Washburn University Foundation, Attn: Kenneth R. and Phyllis Boyd Boyer Scholarship Fund, 1729 SW MacVicar Ave., Topeka, KS 66604-3128.
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