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.