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Jan. 12, 1939 – June 5, 2013

Dorothy A. Boyd, of Amherst, a retired teacher, died June 5 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. She was 74.

Born in Batavia, she grew up in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood and was a 1956 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. She attended Antioch College and received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. She earned a master’s degree in education from Buffalo State College. Ms. Boyd began teaching in Buffalo inner-city schools under a Ford Foundation program and was an elementary teacher in the city schools for more than 30 years. She retired in 1994.

A longtime Parkside resident, she was a dedicated gardener who was noted for her giant delphiniums and sprawling clematis. She took numerous road trips throughout the U.S. and was an expert card player, attaining life master status in duplicate bridge. An avid reader of mystery novels, she had an encyclopedic knowledge of the field.

Surviving are a daughter, Georgiana “Genny” Pickett; and three sisters, Sally Tatnall, Eleanor Paris and Florence.

A memorial service will be private.