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Phyllis Maxine Elwell Boyd, 88, of Wilmington, passed away at her home following a lengthy illness on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

Phyllis was born on Sept. 6, 1927, in Tampa, Florida, to the late Max and Iris Elwell. She was married to Ronald H. Boyd on Dec. 15, 1950.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Ronnie M. Boyd; and sisters, Phoebe Peterson, Yvonne Raynor, and Amelia Collins.

Although she has been retired for many years, Phyllis was well-known as the “red-headed” school bus driver on Masonboro Sound in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as working at Sears for many years when it first opened at Hanover Shopping Center.

As a member of Masonboro Baptist Church, she loved talking about Jesus and telling stories about the “older folks” who lived on the sound. Phyllis enjoyed talking about her children and grandchildren to anyone she met. She was also a very proud American who would be the first to stand and salute the flag.

She is survived by a son, Wayne H. Boyd and wife Marianne of Lexington, Michigan and children Giancarlo (Jelennie) Pinterpe (children, Josh and Marcello) and Patrick Pinterpe; daughter, Pamela L. Christian and husband Al of Dayton, Ohio and children Scott Christian and Erin (Leroy) Hamp (children, Scarlett and Tristan); granddaughter, Chris (Rick) Johnson and great-granddaughter, Laura Johnson both of Wilmington; sisters, Patricia Cox (Jerry) of Alabama, and Alice Outlaw of Georgia; as well as many other special nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 at the Masonboro Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Masonboro Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1501 Beasley Road, Wilmington, NC 28409.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

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