July 20, 1948 ~ August 20, 2011

Born in: Freehold, NJ,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Dayle Smith Boyd, 63, of Asheville, NC died Saturday, 20 August 2011 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC after a valiant struggle with cancer. Dayle was born July 20, 1948, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Smith of Freehold, New Jersey. She graduated from Manasquan High School, Manasquan, NJ and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hood College, Frederick, MD. She also held a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with honors from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She was a professional Museum Educator specializing in European Art History and had worked at the Smithsonian Institution and the Navy Museum in Washington, DC. She also worked at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in London, England as well as working as a consultant for many other organizations. Dayle is survived by her husband of 36 years, Captain W. L. "Chip" Boyd, US Navy (Ret.), by her son, Jay Boyd and his wife Anne and granddaughters Sydney and Addison of Charlotte, NC; by her son, Charles Boyd and his wife Angelica of Baltimore, MD; and by her brothers Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) Steve Smith of Fairfax Station, VA and Craig Smith of Tucson, AZ and their families. She will also be remembered by her sweet Dalmatians, Gypsy and Riga. In addition to her professional life, Dayle was an amazing wife, Mom and friend. She raised two sons nearly singlehandedly while her husband was at sea for months on end, she served with distinction as the crewmembers' families representative and problem solver for numerous Navy ships, and she was her husband's best friend through thick and thin. An intelligent, charming, capable, tough lady who knew more about more things than most people, she will be remembered with love and reverence. A memorial service will be held At Groce Funeral Home, 856 Tunnel Road, Asheville at 2:00 pm on Saturday, 27 August. In lieu of flowers or other memorials, the family asks that those wishing to remember Dayle do so by having a nice meal together and raising a glass in her honor. She would have liked that.

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  1. Chip, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Dayle will be sorely missed by the entire Navy community for whom she did so much.

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  2. Although I never met Mrs. Boyd, who was a fellow ‘Hood Girl’, I just wanted to express my condolences to her family. From reading her obituary, it is apparent that she was quite a lady, and I am truly sorry for your loss.

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  3. I am saddened to hear of Dayle’s passing. I knew Dayle as an outgoing, positive, ‘take charge’ women and am honored to be her friend and neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  4. Dayle Boyd just might be the most amazing woman I ever met. Nothing was impossible for her. She made life a true adventure and more fun than you can imagine. She was blessed beyond measure with a wonderful family and a husband who adored her. I met her MANY moons ago and will always have wonderful memories of her.

    Love to Chip and the family from a couple out of the past…Linda and Greg Hansen

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  5. Dayle Boyd just might be the most amazing woman I ever met. Nothing was impossible for her. She made life a true adventure and more fun than you can imagine. She was blessed beyond measure with a wonderful family and a husband who adored her. I met her MANY moons ago and will always have wonderful memories of her.

    Love to Chip and the family from a couple out of the past…Linda and Greg Hansen

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  6. I’m sorry to say, I just found out about Dayle’s passing. I met Dayle while I was stationed with Chip onboard the USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51). I remember her as an fun, happy and amazingly talented women. My condolences to my friend Chip and all those new and loved Dayle.

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