Claire L. (Rancourt) Boyd,
a longtime resident of Malden, passed away on Saturday, June 8th,
in Melrose. Claire was born in Somerville in 1932, the daughter
of Raymond and Marion (Lorgeree) Rancourt. At an early age she
moved to Worcester, before moving back to Malden. She later moved
to Middletown, CT, to attend Medical School. Claire also
studied music and voice at Julliard School of Music. Upon her
return to the area, she worked at a Doctors office in Saugus’s Cliftondale Square. She later worked for Stone and Webster as a
Secretary for 8 years, and at the Community Workshop in Boston
for 10 years, retiring in 1997.
In November of 1952, she
married her sweetheart, John C. Boyd, and the two settled down
in Malden to raise their family. The two shared nearly 40
years of marriage together until Johns passing in 1989.
Claire was active with the
Girl Scouts for many years, first joining at the age of 8. She
spent of 30 years with the Girl Scouts as a Scout Leader and Den
Mother with the Boy Scouts in Malden. Claire also
volunteered her time with the Bread of Life.
She was a longtime member of
Sacred Hearts Church in Malden, where she was a member of the
Women’s Sodality, sang with the Choir, and volunteered as a CCD
teacher in Sacred Hearts in Malden and St. Marys in Revere. In
addition, she enjoyed crocheting, rug making, and making doll
She is survived by her
children, Diane L. Lanouette of Malden, John J. Boyd of OR,
Dennis J. Boyd of Stoneham, and Stephen M. Boyd of Stoneham,
her son-in-law Paul Bennett, as well as 16 grandchildren and
38 great grandchildren.
Claire was preceded in death
by her husband John C. Boyd, her children, Debra E. Bennett,
William A. Boyd, and Robert A. Boyd, and her siblings, Elaine
Burgess, Robert A. Rancourt, and Raymond A. Rancourt.
Funeral services will be
held from the Weir – MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144
Salem St, Malden on Wed, June 12th, at 8:45 AM
followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Immaculate Conception
Church, 600 Pleasant Street, Malden, at 10 AM. Interment to
follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visitation will be held
at the funeral home on Tues, Jun 11th, from 4 – 8