Marilyn Klein Boyce

Marilyn Klein Boyce, 78, of Moore’s Store/Quicksburg, died Saturday, February 12, 2011 at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Mrs. Boyce was born February 5, 1933 in Missouri.

She was a graduate of St. Louis University, with a degree in Communications, with minors in Honors English, Philosophy, and Psychology.

She was a member of St. John Bosco, Blessed Sacrament, and Our Lady of the Shenandoah Catholic Churches.

Mrs. Boyce is survived by her children, Carrie Ryerse and husband Fred of Dillsburg, PA, Kelly Klein and fiancée Leslie Hardwick of Albuquerque, NM, Casey Klein and wife Marion of Middletown, Kitt Klein and husband Mike Miller of Mt. Jackson and Kerby Heflin and husband Jeff of Winchester; and 13 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Chris Klein.

Mrs. Boyce will be taken to her home at 3935 Flat Rock Road, Quicksburg where the family will receive friends Tuesday at 4 p.m. and going throughout the evening.

Funeral Mass will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock by Father Wilhelm Ettner.  Burial will follow at the Klein Family Cemetery in Quicksburg, and will be immediately followed by a Family and Friends Celebration of Life Gathering at the home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Church of your choice, Catholic Relief Services, or Little Sisters of the Poor.

Marilyn Boyce was an incredible woman whose life revolved around giving to others.  She was a constant advocate and volunteer in her churches and communities.

Marilyn was most recently project coordinator for four years for the Holman’s Creek Citizens Watershed Committee. She also founded the Shenandoah County Senior Center and severed as supervisor for 14 years.

She was devoted to her work with her parishes and served as Parish Council member for four years, was a lector and Eucharistic minister, a long-term member of The Legion of Mary, and was a regular part of the jailhouse ministries.  She also served for four years on the Diocese of Richmond’s Justice and Peace Commission.

In Fairfax County, Marilyn was highly active in human services and civic associations.  She was past president of the Northern Virginia Conservation Council, serving the counties of Arlington, Loudon, and Prince William, and the city of Alexandria.  She spearheaded the procurement of 1500 acres of Navy land for the Fairfax County Park Authority which is now Huntley Meadows Regional Park and Nature Center.  In Warren County she helped establish the Warren County Intermediate School PTA and served as its 1st president.

Mom has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 37 years and has considered Moore’s Store, and the valley, her beloved home. She was loved and will be missed beyond measure.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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11 Condolences to Marilyn Klein Boyce

  1. sheryl smith and the smith children says:

    you all are in our prayers the two mothers of moore store were janet smith and marilyn boyce
    God be with you all in this sad but happy time

  2. Peggy McHugh says:

    I was a lector with Marilyn at Blessed Sacrament Church for several years. She was a very caring person who was always concerned about everyone else. Even when it was obvious she was not feeling well she still had a smile on her face and it was so easy to see her faith. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family. She was a wonderful woman and so many people will miss her a lot.

  3. Alma Hale-Cooper says:

    I met Marilyn in 1989 when we were in the first SDI program. We immediately became friends. We also worked together as Eucharistic Ministers at Blessed Sacrament. Marilyn was a very special woman. She was always warm, friendly and positive no matter what was going on in her life. She always had a smile on her face and a song in her heart. I will miss her very much – as will many others.

  4. Anna Rose Geary says:

    Marilyn was a great symbol of love to many at Blessed Sacrament parish. Her devotion to Our Lady through St. Louis de Montfort brought joy not only to her but through her to others. I will miss Marilyn’s kindness, her smile and her strong faith. May she look down upon us now and pray for us.
    In gratitude for her life, Anna Rose Geary

  5. Michele Cavoto says:

    Marilyn was a caring and thoughtful woman – her laugh and smile were witness to her joy of life! And could this lady sing! Marilyn and I knew each other through Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. It was an honer and a pleasure to have known her. And I am forever blessed by having had even a small piece of this wonderful lady in my life. She will be missed.

  6. Josie Henning says:

    Marilyn’s presence at Blessed Sacrament was a blessing to all of us. A most vivid picture of her as lector comes to mind. Her poise, intelligence, and faith highlighted the wisdom of her God each time she shared the word. She will be missed and blessed in our memories.

  7. Marilyn Turner says:

    I was honored to know Marilyn as a fellow parishioner at Blessed Sacrament, and as a fellow Marilyn. It was always a joy and a special blessing to see Marilyn approach the alter to give a reading on a Sunday. Her strong faith came through with each word she shared. And that smile — always a reassurance that God loved us all, and so did she. Her gentle presence will be greatly missed. My sympathy to her family.

  8. Jane Meiser says:

    I have many wonderful memories of Marilyn. We were in a prayer group together, SDI and lectors at Blessed Sacrament. She always spoke with love and concern for her children. Faith and joy radiated from her and I always sensed God’s presence when I was with her. I am sure that God has welcomed her with open arms and I pray that family and friends may sense His love and comfort.

  9. Jean Petersen says:

    Although I didn’t know Marilyn personally, I loved having her as a lector.. Her smile will be missed at Blessed Sacrament by many. May the family find peace knowing she is with our Saviour.

  10. irma campbell says:

    God bless you at this moment. She is smiling at you from the kingdom of God. What a beautiful person she is indeed. Her body is no more to our eyes but her spirit is so alive. Thank you, Marilyn ,for your frienship. Irma

  11. Jackie Penney says:

    Marilyn was always so very sweet to me, she made me feel like she was a longtime friend. She was such a caring wonderful person. I know she will be missed by friends and family. I will always have fond thoughts of her and consider her one of my angels. Peace and Love to everyone who knew and loved her.