Lenora Elizabeth Teichman Boyd, 98, passed into eternal rest Saturday, March 1, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. and Josephine Herchek Teichman; brother Hugo Teichman; sisters Gertie Schlebach and Justine Shafer; her husband. Hermon A. Boyd; daughters Mary Patrice Dean and Margaret Gera Boyd; and grandson Greg Ashley.
Lenora is survived by her children, Cecilia Ashley, Michael Boyd, Anna Claire Zawislak, Charles Boyd, Alan Boyd, Mark Boyd, Alfred Boyd and Jennifer Latimer, as well as 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
The rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Saint Boniface Catholic Church, Dodson Prairie, followed by the funeral Mass at 4 p.m. Burial will follow at Dodson Prairie Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church, in care of Charles Boyd, 1529 Teichman Road, Gordon, TX 76453.
Online visitation may be found at www.edwards-funeral-homes.com.
Lenora was born March 4, 1915, on the Dodson Prairie family farm as a quiet snow covered the yard and surrounding pastures. She loved the gently rolling land, and, even as a child, desired one day to build her own house on a knoll in the pasture where the milk cows grazed.
Lenora loved to study and learn new things and attended Dodson Prairie’s Springer Gap School through grade seven and continued her education at Strawn High School. She completed her college course work at Ranger Junior College and University of Texas at Austin.
She began teaching at Lake Creek School and then Robinson School, both one-room schoolhouses on Dodson Prairie. It was during a community play at Lake Creek School that she became reacquainted with Hermon Boyd, whom she later married on Christmas Day 1940.
Hermon and Lenora moved to New Mexico and then to West Texas towns Kermit and Goldsmith. Here they raised their family of nine children. After 33 years in West Texas, they retired to Dodson Prairie and built their home on the knoll of the Teichman farm that Lenora had selected during her youth.
Lenora’s grandfather, Joseph Teichman, was one of the first four German families to come from South Texas to settle and farm Dodson Prairie. The German community that settled there, including Lenora’s grandfather and father, shared their talents and constructed St. Boniface Catholic Church. Because of this deep heritage in the area, Lenora had a keen interest in the history of Dodson Prairie. She was an active member of the Palo Pinto Historical Society and contributed articles and photographs for two Palo Pinto historical books, as well as the Mineral Wells Index and the North Texas Catholic newspapers.
Lenora’s Catholic faith was central to her family and community involvement. As a child, she grew to love the church and its traditions. Upon retirement on Dodson Prairie, she became involved once again at St. Boniface Catholic Church, teaching children the tenets of the faith and preparing them for the sacraments. She also served as secretary/treasurer of St. Anne’s Altar Society of St. Boniface Church.
Lenora was commissioned to serve as lector, reading Holy Scripture at Mass, and was an active member of the Catholic charismatic movement. She shared her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, often praying her daily rosary, interceding for the needs of family and friends. In 2012, Lenora was present to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of St. Boniface Catholic Church. The celebration brought back to the prairie over 200 family members and former parishioners to celebrate this Catholic tradition, so central to Lenora’s life.
Lenora’s home on the knoll gathers together her grown children, their spouses and children for celebrations of family, especially at Thanksgiving and the annual Brazos River float trip. Baptisms, first communions, weddings and funerals at St. Boniface also bring family together in life-giving celebrations.
Lenora continues to live through her family.