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Ursuline V. Boyd, autoworker, churchwoman Jan. 16, 1928 -- Sept. 13, 2005

Ursuline Vivian Boyd, a longtime Buffalo resident and retired autoworker, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 77.

Born Ursuline Watson in Manhattan, she was affectionately referred to as "Hershey" by her childhood friends. As a child, she moved to Buffalo with her family, graduating from Hutchinson-Central High School in 1944 and attending Albert Leonard Business Institute in New York City.

She worked for General Motors Corp. for 30 years and was the first woman in skilled trades at the Chevrolet Division plant on Delavan Avenue. She also served as an employment coordinator for the United Auto Workers and co-founded and was the first chairwoman of the UAW Local 424 Women's Committee.

Mrs. Boyd was a 63-year member of New Hope Baptist Church and was an active member of its Senior Usher Board. She also served as supervisor of the Junior Usher Board, was a member of the Missionary Society and was New Hope's Mother of the Year in 2004. A recipient of the Great Lakes Missionary Baptist Association's "No Cross No Crown" award, she was also a member of the National Ushers Association and a member of the Ushers Church Home.

A longtime member of the National Rifle Association, Mrs. Boyd won many trophies for her marksmanship. She was a member of the former New Buff Gun Club and Bennett-Wells Post, American Legion.

Mrs. Boyd had a lifelong love of dancing and was an active member of the William-Emslie YMCA. Her other interests included crocheting, traveling and being part of the "50-Plus Club."

She is survived by a daughter, Paulette E. Ross of Buffalo; a brother, Ronald L. Watson of Buffalo; a sister, Loretta Newton of Country Club Hills, Ill.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in New Hope Baptist Church, 543 Richmond Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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