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Oneida Ahart Boyd

July 25, 1923 — March 23, 2021

Please join us in remembering Mrs. Oneida Ahart Boyd, longtime resident of Murray, Kentucky and most recently residing at Morrison Woods in Muncie, Indiana. She passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 23, 2021, after a long and truly wonderful life of 98 years.

The immediate days prior to her passing were spent on adventures with granddaughter, Angela, enjoying sunset drives to see spring in bloom, cuddling with sweet Macy pup, savoring her favorite root beer floats while listening to the sounds of Elvis and Louis Armstrong, and visiting dear friends.

Mrs. Boyd was born to John S. and Stella Ahart on July 25, 1923, in Model, Tennessee, and moved to Murray when she was three years old. She attended Murray State University and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

Mrs. Boyd and her late husband, Lloyd, to whom she was married for 58 years had one daughter, the late Linda Boyd Cortwright, husband, the late Mike Cortwright, most recently of Muncie, Indiana, and granddaughter, Angela Cortwright of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mrs. Boyd was the manager of the local Western Union office for many years, including throughout World War II, where she ultimately met the love of her life, Mr. Lloyd Boyd. Their union was the result of a chance meeting after Oneida had the harrowing task of delivering a telegram to Lloyd's family notifying them of his capture by the Germans, followed a few months later by a telegram informing the family of his release. Shortly after the end of the war, Lloyd visited the Western Union office to send a telegram to his unit, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Their 58 years together were spent in the company of friends, playing cards, dominoes, and traveling both domestically and abroad with friends and members of their Sunday school class.

Mrs. Boyd attended the First Baptist Church of Murray, Kentucky, where she was a founding member of the Pairs and Spares Sunday school class.

While in Murray, Mrs. Boyd was active in her community. In addition to being a respected member of the First Baptist Church, she graciously served the Murray Woman's Club, former President 1982-1984, Murray Tourism Commission, Murray-Calloway County Hospital Board, Murray-Calloway Community Theatre, Inc., and the Ladies Bridge Club.

Mrs. Boyd was most recently a resident of Morrison Woods Health Campus, Muncie, Indiana, where she was surrounded by a loving staff who became extended family. During her time at Morrison Woods, she enjoyed playing cards, crafts, serving the resident council, happy hours, and active trips within the community, including shows at Muncie Civic Theatre and a highlighted outing to the Colts Training Camp.

Known for her love of Kentucky and Murray State basketball, and her overall pride in Murray - she could usually be found wearing Kentucky blue!

Mrs. Boyd will be lovingly remembered by granddaughter, Angela Cortwright, Charlotte, NC; niece, Barbara Brown Goodwin (Dennis), Asheville, NC; grand puppies and regular visitors Macy Max and Calumet.

She is preceded in death by husband, Lloyd Boyd; daughter, Linda Boyd Cortwright; son-in-law Michael Cortwright; sister, Elaine Ahart Brown (James); and parents, John Ahart and Stella Ahart.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, April 8th, 2021, at J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The burial will follow at the Murray City Cemetery, and visitation will start at noon, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Mrs. Boyd through donations to the First Baptist Church of Murray, Kentucky. 203 S. 4th St., Murray, KY 42071. 270-753-1854 or to the Murray Woman's Club Memorial Contributions, P.O. Box 162, Murray, KY 42071.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, April 8, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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Funeral Service

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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