Obituary: Vale Phyllis Boydby Dr Joe SantamariaNews Weekly
, November 3, 2001
Born on March 6, 1926, Phyllis Boyd died on October 12, 2001, after a long struggle with cancer. She died in Melbourne's Cabrini Hospice surrounded by her loving family and the memorabilia of her own parents and grandparents. Even during her last days, she maintained an interest in all that was happening in the world.
Her husband Guy had died some years before, and she is survived by their seven children and many grandchildren.
She had a passionate interest in the natural family and became the Victorian President of the Australian Family Association and a member of its national executive. Later she became a founding member of the Family Council of Victoria.
She was a strong advocate of the role of motherhood, and engaged in lively debate with those who denigrated the important contribution to society made by the millions of women who become mothers.
In mid life, her inquiring mind led her to a discovery of Christianity and she eventually converted to Catholicism. In every discussion, she revealed her deep learning and wide knowledge of social and ethical issues and her courage to speak openly. She was indefatigable in her assumption of tasks and her attendance at meetings and conferences. Her interventions at such meetings were greatly appreciated for her wisdom and her humility. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and most of all by her extended family.
- Dr Joe Santamaria, Immediate Past National President of the Australian Family Association