Diane Clare Lobb-Boyce, 71, Hyde Park Resident

HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Diane Clare Lobb-Boyce, died Monday, March 7. She was 71.

She was born Nov. 8, 1944, at her grandparents' home on South Cross Road, Staatsburg.

She enjoyed a lifelong interest in her family's genealogy, and was a direct descendant of several Mayflower passengers. 

She was a lifelong Episcopalian. Raised in Saint James' Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, she was a lay minister, former Sunday School teacher, member of the vestry and youth group leader at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Staatsburg and, most recently, a member of Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.

She was a 1962 graduate of Staatsburg Union Free School and a 1965 graduate of Dutchess Community College. She worked at the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Dutchess County Council, Boy Scouts of America, where she met her husband, Roy A. Boyce, of Wappingers Falls. They were married at St. James' Episcopal Church on June 10, 1967. She was hired in 1981 by the National Park Service for the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Sites. 

In addition to her husband, Roy, she is survived by her sons, Shaun R. Boyce Sr. and his wife, Deborah, of Salt Point, and Kevin A. Boyce and his wife, Jennifer, of Yonkers; her grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth and Shaun R. Boyce Jr. and Emma Catherine Boyce; her brother, Jeffrey Rosencrans and his wife, Theresa, of Wappingers Falls; special friends, Karen Ginny, Ellen and Peggy; and her National Park Service friends, Michelle, Cathy, Tara, Bill and Fran.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lois M. Crittenden and Col. Anthony William Lobb, U.S. Army Retired.

Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Sweets Funeral Home Inc., Route 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. James' Episcopal Church, Route 9, Hyde Park. Cremation and interment of her ashes in St. James' Churchyard will take place at the convenience of the family.

The Boyce family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.

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