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Lynn E. (Phillips) Boyd

May 2, 1957 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Lynn Boyd Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, sister and friend, Lynn (Phillips) Boyd, who left us on December 23, 2023 at the age of 66, following a long and strong battle with cancer.  She went peacefully, surrounded by loved ones.        

Lynnie, as she was fondly known, was born on May 2, 1957 in Bartlesville, Okla. to Nan and Dudley C. Phillips.  As the youngest child of three, she had a brother, Dudley Jr. (now deceased) and sister, Claire.  She spent the first seven years of her life in Independence, Kans., followed by a move to New York, but retained her unpretentious Midwest outlook throughout life.  

She attended Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, and later New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn.   She graduated from Tufts University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Lynn worked as a Human Resources executive at General Electric (GE) for many years in multiple GE businesses, and proudly served as a mentor and coach for staff. That mentorship continued upon her retirement from GE where she served as a certified life coach helping people of all walks of life to achieve their full potential. Her husband Steve reaped the benefits of her coaching training as she supported him in all his endeavors.

While working in Boston, but on a trip to Hawaii in 1993, she reconnected with an old friend from Tufts, Steve Boyd. Love ensued, and Lynnie and Steve married in 2000. They lived together in Swampscott and then West Newbury where she loved to kayak on the Merrimack, walk the dog in the beautiful parks nearby and work in her award-winning gardens. She was a lover of nature and animals and would move heaven and earth to take care of any little creature in her charge -- truly a testament to the warm, loving soul she was.  

Lynnie loved to dance all her life.   She was a born ballerina, loving all things pink and pretty from an early age.  She developed her talent through instruction and performance to the end of her life.  She danced with the Dance Energy group from Marblehead for more than 30 years where she learned choreography for more than 100 songs.  That was her community. She also got a chance to dance with Voices of Hope who raise funds for cancer research through theatrical performances. She loved the movement and the audience response, but was just as joyful dancing alone, relishing the emotional expression dance affords.  It was a constant touchstone for her throughout her life.  

She was very active in her community - a Board member for both the Newburyport Society for the Relief of Aged Women (NSRAW) and the West Newbury Garden Club.  

As her older sister Claire notes, “I watched Lynnie grow from a charming, funny little girl into the beautiful, intelligent and caring woman she would become.   She never lost her charm and was a beam of light to everyone she encountered.”  Lynn was a loving, caring friend, highly intelligent and with an optimism that inspired many and a sense of humor that kept those around her smiling and laughing out loud, even as she struggled with strength and dignity through the last years of her life. 

Lynn is survived by her husband Stephen Boyd in West Newbury, her sister Claire Lucas near Santa Fe, N.M., her stepdaughter Kristin Weatherford and granddaughter Olivia of Marblehead.

There will be a Celebration of Life held January 20, 2024 at the Mission Oak Grill’s 2nd floor, 21 Green Street in Newburyport.  Friends are welcome to attend.  The service will start promptly at 1:00, so be sure to allow ample time for parking. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950 is assisting Mrs. Boyd’s family with her arrangements.

The Celebration of life will be live streamed online at fusion

Memorial contributions may be made in Lynn's name to the Maudslay Arts Center, a tax deductible, non profit organization.

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Celebration of Life
January 20, 2024

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mission Oak Grill
26 Green Street
Newburyport, MA 01950


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