Elma Elizabeth Boyd, 92, of Parkersburg, passed away Monday (March 17, 2014) at Worthington Care and Rehabilitation.
She was born in Hockingport, Ohio, June 29, 1921, a daughter of the late Clyde Elwood and Wilma B. Taylor Emrick.
Elma was a 1939 graduate of Parkersburg High School, a 1944 graduate of Glennville State. She had taught school in West Virginia for twelve and a half years having taught at Kanawha County Schools, Wood County Schools and at Williamstown Elementary. In Ohio she had taught at Salem Liberty, Warren High School, Belpre High School and retired in 1988 from Morgan County High School where she had taught for eighteen years. She served as a substitute teacher for several years. She did not enjoy retirement and took a full time teaching position with the Word of Faith Christian Academy in Belpre, teaching for two years. She again served as a substitute teacher until 2004. Her sixty year teaching career touched many students and families.
Elma was a member of the Belpre VFW Axillary, Williamstown Eastern Star Chapter #58, where she has served as Worthy Matron, Member of the Ohio Education Association, National Education Association, Women of the Moose in Marietta and has sang with the Gospel Music Reunion Choir for several years. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown.
Surviving Elma are her children, Janet Boyd Rinehart (Michael), James Steven Boyd; grandchildren, Steven Richard Rinehart (April), Benjamin Scott Rinehart (Jamie), Charles Erick Boyd, Samuel Clifford Boyd II, Jazmine Elizabeth Boyd; great-grandchildren, Shiloh Clark Rinehart, Kyra Marie Rinehart, Mara Elizabeth Rinehart, Jaina Marie Rinehart, David Michael Rinehart, Steven Ray Rinehart, Julian Andrew Rinehart, Max Peyton Boyd, Lyric Boyd; great-great-grandchildren, Bentley Austin Dosch, Brancon Michale Rinehart; and special friend, Jeannie Offangber (Edward) and family.
In addition to her parents, Elma was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Clifford Boyd; and lifelong friend, Carol Shuman.
The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Steve Gedon officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 on Tuesday and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Memorials may be made in Elma's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.LeavittFuneralHome.