Today we celebrate the abundant life of
Lolita Ethel (Stevenson) Boyd who went to heaven peacefully in her home on July 18, 2019 surrounded by loving family.
Lolita was born in Harlem, New York. She attended high school and spent her early adult years in the Bronx, N.Y. Lolita and her husband Alfred moved their young family to Staten Island, N.Y. in 1953. Lolita will be missed so very dearly by her beloved husband and best friend of 70 years , Alfred C. Boyd , her eight adoring children, Lolita House(Randy), Alexis C. Boyd, Vicki Boyd-Jones, Tracey Boyd-Vega, Karol Canada, Alfred E. Boyd(Janet), Samuel J. Boyd and Sandra York (Darren) 18 Grandchildren (1 preceded) 25 great grandchildren , 4 nieces and nephews( 1 preceded) a host of grandnieces and grandnephews and many close friends and extended family. She will be reunited with her parents James and Elizabeth Stevenson, her sisters Edna Dickens and Mary Stevenson, her granddaughter Sonjia Baldwin, son-in law Jaime Vega and nephew Beau Dickens.
Before her marriage Lolita sang professionally and worked with friends in a production company. She then devoted her life to her husband, children and grandchildren. Lolita also had a hidden talent as a fashion designer. Her artistic abilities were passed down to several family members. She enjoyed music, reading, traveling, decorating, social events with family and friends, and later watching golf and her “story” with her husband.
Everyone in her neighborhood knew and respected “Mrs. Boyd “and many became extended family. They gathered on her front steps for many years for “good times” - until her serious health challenges began. Lolita liked to say that she was a tough cookie and a scrapper. She was also compassionate, generous, caring and always thought about the other person first. Family was everything to her. She always put them first and touched each of their lives in a special way. Along with her unwavering love for her husband -One of the last things she said was, “I love all of my children. “
As our role model for life we know whenever the road gets tough all we will need to do - is think -What Would Mommy Do?
Lolita’s loving spirit will forever be cherished in the hearts of all who knew her.
“If you feel sweetness or compunction at some word of your prayer, dwell on it; for then our Guardian Angel is praying with us.” St. John Climacus.