Kathleen Gale Boyd (Greenfield) passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family at the age of 74 on Sunday, February 12, 2023, in Safford, Arizona. Gale was born on May 30, 1948, in Denver, Colorado to Bert and Dorothy (Joplin) Greenfield. They moved to Safford when Gale was in grade school. She graduated from Safford High School in 1966, on the same day she got engaged to Wayne “Skelly” Boyd. They were married on November 1, 1967, and had two children, Kyle (Lori) and Kerry; grandchildren Jordan, Ally, Molly, Ivy, Laurel, Jasper, Dayna; and great-grandchildren Rhoan, Phoenix, Elijah, Phoebe, Atreus, and Bastion. She is also survived by her two sisters, Lynn and Diane, and numerous nieces, nephews, and loyal friends, who all loved her dearly.
Gale, or “Nanny,” as her grandchildren called her, was known for her love of puns and wordplay; she was an avid Scrabble player and master of tongue-twisters, two of many passions which her children and grandchildren inherited. She loved hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, rock hunting, and river rafting with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She wasn’t afraid of jumping off a bluff into a river at night to save a raft from floating away; she was fearless. Gale was an accomplished baker and camp cook. Her specialties were pies—with homemade crusts, made with cold milk, of course—as well as biscuits and cookies. She loved to accompany Skelly when he performed in bands, and she would occasionally wear her favorite turquoise bell-bottoms. She was a lifelong lover of music and dancing, especially with her son to the song “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” She taught knitting and tatting classes at Debbie’s, her dear friend from school, for many years, where she met another special friend, Annie. Her family is grateful for the love and support shown by her friends throughout the years.
Gale retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007 as a Postmaster Level 13. She spent her last years working in Cochise County, her favorite position, and loved the community she served.
Gale was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Mason Luke Judd. Her family will always carry her legacy of love, light, and laughter with them!