Betty Louise Troutman Boyd was born to Janet Troutman-Simmons and Willie Troutman in Springfield, on May 9, 1952. She died on Jan. 15, in Boston. Betty called Martha's Vineyard home for the past 10 years, a beautiful place she loved dearly.
Betty was well known throughout Martha's Vineyard for her volunteer work at local churches, schools, and food pantries. Betty was a unique vibrant spirit known for her exciting smile. Betty was blessed with an eye for beauty and expressed this through her artwork, which can be seen throughout Martha's Vineyard. Betty felt blessed that she was known for her art, which was recently displayed at the Cinderella art show.
Many Martha's Vineyard residents also knew Betty as a true green thumb. She could be seen in different gardens around the Island, and it seemed that anything she touched came alive. She will always and forever be remembered as a strong woman, friend, artist, daughter, loving mother, and grandmother. She was a true child of God.
Betty leaves a family including her loving daughter, Christa Boyd-Hardy and her husband Mathias; her stepson, Paul Bun; and loving son, Robert Henderson and his wife Lanevea, both of Boston; two grandchildren, Mathias Alexander and Imani Jai. She also leaves her mother, Janet Troutman-Simmons (Hinson); stepfather, Donald P. Simmons; sisters Linda Berrian and her husband Joe, of Atlanta, Ga.; and Wilhelmina and Billie Brown of St. Paul, Minn.; brother, Brian (Tony) Troutman (Dianne) of Woodbury, Minn. Betty also leaves her extended family the Boyds of Boston, which she truly loved and felt very passionate about. Betty loved and always spoke highly of all her nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends
The first service took place in Boston at Davis Funeral Home in Mattapan on Jan. 26. There also will be a service taking place within a month's time on Martha's Vineyard and the family plans to have a spring service for all family and friends to attend, also on the Island.
All donations can be sent to; Christa Boyd or Robert Henderson at 135 Brown Avenue, Boston, MA 02131.