Kim Boyd

Return to Obituaries

August 26, 1944 - July 14, 2015

Leave a message of condolence


Friday, July 17, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Moreland Funeral Home


Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:30 a.m., Central College Presbyterian Church


Blendon Central Cemetery


Kim Sturgeon Boyd, age 70, of Powell, Ohio, passed away Tuesday July 14, 2015 at the Kobacker House, Columbus. Retired teacher from Delaware Hayes High School and Senior Lecturer at Otterbein University. Preceded in death by mother, Eleanor Sturgeon. Survived by loving husband, Norman Meulenberg; son, Matthew (Laura) Boyd of California and daugter, Ann Boyd of Dublin, OH; grandchildren, Brandon, Eleanor and Seth; father, Carl Sturgeon of Washington, IN; sisters, Janice (Patrick) Kopanski of Virginia and Amy (Michael) Kelleher of Maryland; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, Friday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.. Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 18, 2015 at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 South Sunbury Road, Westerville, OH. Rev. David Redding officiating. Interment Blendon Central Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends if they wish, may contribute to Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive Columbus, OH 43214.



Elizabeth (Beth) Price - Jul 30, 2015

I knew Mrs.Boyd as a student at Hayes High. She influenced me so much to never give up your dreams and to persevere thru obstacles. She loved the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and chose the best music for us to sing, especially at Easter. I especiallly loved performing all of Handels Messiah at Ohio Wesleyan one year. We worked hard, but Mrs. Boyd made it fun. My heart goes out to the whole family. She will be missed.

Erika Eckert - Jul 24, 2015

I was so sorry to hear about Kim’s illness and passing from my mom this past week. I have thought of her often – how she pushed us to reach higher heights than we imagined we could reach as musicians, and how she provided a home away from home in her office for all us nerdy music geeks:-) I send you and her my warmest thoughts and gratitude.

Bob Bostian - Jul 22, 2015

Mrs. Boyd had actually been on my mind a lot the past several months because I was deciding if I wanted to go back into school for music or in the health field. Then several days ago I heard this very very sad news. It totally broke my heart. She was one of my most favorite teachers. She knew how talented I was as a percussionist and tried to put me in as many things as possible to use that talent. She was pushing me to major in music but I didnt want to go into that at that time. I offer my sincere condolences and I will remember her for the rest of my life because I will always have a passion for music, partly in thanks to Mrs Boyd!

Bob Bostian - Jul 22, 2015

Mrs. Boyd had actually been on my mind a lot the past several months because I was deciding if I wanted to go back into school for music or in the health field. Then several days ago I heard this very very sad news. It totally broke my heart. She was one of my most favorite teachers. She knew how talented I was as a percussionist and tried to put me in as many things as possible to use that talent. She was pushing me to major in music but I didnt want to go into that at that time. I offer my sincere condolences and I will remember her for the rest of my life because I will always have a passion for music, partly in thanks to Mrs Boyd!

RON & Cathy Kudich - Jul 22, 2015

Our sincere sympathy to your family.

Jenny Merkowitz - Jul 20, 2015

Dear family of Kim,
I am so sorry for your loss. I taught with Kim at Otterbein, and she welcomed me warmly when I arrived in my new role as coordinator of Music Theory and Aural Skills. She helped me with resources for my class, and I could tell that she cared deeply about her students and helping them develop the skills they needed to be successful musicians. One day a couple of years ago, she very graciously offered 10 minutes in a packed rehearsal schedule to read through a new composition by one of my students, because she “loved him and wanted to help him.” The outpouring of love for Kim on my Facebook news feed only begins to describe how much she meant to all of us at Otterbein. It was a beautiful ceremony on Saturday, and I wish you all peace during this sad time. Rest in peace, Kim.
Jenny Merkowitz

Amy Huckabee Koren - Jul 18, 2015

Mrs. Boyd was so charismatic! All the boys were in love with her, and all the girls wanted to be her! My strongest memory of her is playing flute in the pit orchestra for the Hayes High School musical. Mrs. Boyd conducting with platinum blond hair, and backless black gown. Thanks for your passion and commitment. And your love of teenagers.

Conni Birri - Jul 18, 2015

I feel blessed to have shared time with Kim as a friend and as a colleague at Otterbein. She had so much class. Her energy, talent and passion while conducting her choirs was breathtaking to watch. Her legacy will live on in all the wonderful students who were inspired by her. Rest in peace Kim. My deepest sympathy to Norm and her family.

Chelsea Mahaffey - Jul 18, 2015

I am so very sad to hear of Ms. Boyd’s passing. She was an amazing professor and musician. Her passion and energy were contagious – she was a fantastic example for all of her students. I learned a great deal from her and am thankful to have had the opportunity to know her. Loving and warm thoughts to those she has left behind. May you find peace and comfort in the memories of those blessed to have been touched by her in some way. She will be greatly missed.

Dara Gillis - Jul 17, 2015

My deepest sympathy is with you and I wish that I could be there in person to express this to you. Please know that the legacy that Kim created within the Delaware City Schools Music Program continues to flourish and will do so far into the future. For those of us fortunate enough to work with her, her work ethic and determination continue to be a shining example of what good teaching is all about.

Anne Pfahler Brandyberry - Jul 17, 2015

Norm, Matthew and Ann,
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your wife and mom. Kim was such a bright light in this world and she will be missed by so many. I had the great fortune of having your mom as a teacher at Hayes when she first arrived in Delaware to teach. She inspired me to become a teacher and was so supportive of me in my own career as a music teacher. I will be forever grateful that I got to tell her just how much she mean’t to me and how much I appreciated everything she taught me.
A beautiful, classy, inspiring woman has left all of us on earth, but a star in heaven is shining brighter, because she has arrived to be with the Lord! My deepest condolences to all of you.

Jo Beth Gonzalez - Jul 17, 2015

I am deeply saddened to learn of Kim’s passing. She was an influential mentor to me at the beginning of my teaching career at Hayes High School. Her passionate enthusiasm, energetic love of music, and commitment to students was inspirational. May she lead a choir of Angels.

Amber Cobourn - Jul 17, 2015

Kim Boyd was gifted, generous, and a fabulous teacher and conductor. She truly knew how to bring out the best in her students. I was fortunate to be with her in orchestra and choir through high school and it greatly influenced my life. I will never forget the electricity when we were locked in with her on the music. What a special person she was to so many. My deepest condolences to her family and close friends.

Meagan Earl - Jul 16, 2015

I am so sorry to hear about your mom! Ann, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Jack Knuttila - Jul 16, 2015

Kim Boyd was a shining light. It was impossible not to be joyfully passionate about music when around her because she was was so joyfully passionate about music! As one of her students at Hayes, I took every class & joined every ensemble of hers I could get away with. I always looked forward to making music in her classroom & to this day, always look forward to my next gig. Thank you for that Mrs. Boyd! To Ann, Matt & Norm, my deepest sympathy. Her passion for music will live on in everyone that knew her.

Ross Bridgman - Jul 16, 2015

I was so sorry to learn of Kim’s passing. Such a wonderful and talented person.My heart goes out to you Norm and your entire family.

Sharon Tipton - Jul 16, 2015

Norm, I was shocked to see Kim’s picture and news of her passing in the Dispatch this morning. I have read the many, many wonderful tributes to her from students and colleagues and can only add that we were all very fortunate to have known her. She was a treasure, and I’m sure she has left a tremendous void in your heart. But I know she also treasured you, so I hope you hold fast to that thought. My prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time. God bless.

Valerie Matthews - Jul 16, 2015

Kim was my favorite teacher. Kim was talented , nice and everyone loved her. She will be missed by all. God will hold her and take her illness away. RIP Kim. Prayers to your family.

Patricia Heath - Jul 16, 2015

Ann and Matthew, I was devastated to learn of your mothers passing. I have such wonderful memories of her over our forty years of friendship. I was so blessed to have her in my life. I will keep her and your family in my prayers.

shawna brown - Jul 16, 2015

She was the best teacher i ever had nice sweet n a huge heart i graduated n 93 she will b truely missed fly high perfect angel

cheryl cimino - Jul 16, 2015

I’m greatly sadden by this. Ms Boyd made such a difference in my life and many many others. The world has suffered a great loss.

Jeff Hill - Jul 16, 2015

Was very sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. Having been one of her earlier students at Hayes, she fostered my love of music and singing. To her family, all of the condolences in the world. The music world has lost a huge asset.

Nancy Kern Ruby - Jul 16, 2015

Matthew and Ann, I remember when your mom first came to Hayes. She taught us how to sit up straight and breathe. She inspired us in all kinds of music and was a friend to all. I spent many of my lunches with her in her office and watched how she’d eat her little loaf of bread for lunch. Such a classy lady in everything she did. My heart goes out to your whole family.

Kate White - Jul 16, 2015

I am very saddened to hear of Ms. Boyd’s passing. I feel very thankful to have been in her choir when I was a student at Otterbein. She was a gifted conductor and teacher with a beautiful uplifting spirit. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Lisa Miller - Jul 16, 2015

Norm, Matthew, and Ann, Your wife and mother was a wonderful woman and a good friend. She raised the quality of music in Delaware to a new high. I first met her the first year that she came to Hayes. My husband Steve was a new teacher that year also. She had 2 of my younger brothers and 3 of my sisters in her choirs. I later joined the Delaware City schools music faculty and we became friends. My children Rob and Stephanie loved having her as their teacher and mentor. She taught them not only to appreciate all kinds of music but to love singing. She spread a lot of joy throughout Delaware and the community. She will truly be missed but heaven’s choir has gained another wonderful singer.

Michael Beeghley - Jul 16, 2015

Mrs. Boyd was a music teacher like no other. She convinced me to be a music major in college and has thus shaped my life forever. She was a true professional, pushing high school musicians to achieve beyond what they knew they were capable of. Thank you so much, Mrs. Boyd. You will be missed but your legacy still lives on. Michael Beeghley, DHS class of 2003

Pete Pritchard - Jul 16, 2015

So many old friends weighing in here, it’s obvious how much of an impact Kim had in all our lives. She was beautiful, intelligent and talented. She was also WAY more than just a teacher.
I still play brass and sing because of her support and love of music.
Not so sure she liked Zappa though…
God bless,
P.Pritchard, Hayes Class of ’79.

Dennis Davenport - Jul 16, 2015

I join with Otterbein students and alums in grieving for Kim Boyd’s passing. Kim made beautiful music at Otterbein for twelve years, with Camerata, Otterbein Vocal Ensemble and Otterbein Singers. She was a wonderful colleague and conductor, and so personable and positive! I’m glad to have had the opportunity to work with her.

Marc Finney - Jul 16, 2015

Dear Mrs. Boyd and Family: I found out about your newest adventure via an e-mail from a high school buddy. My eyes immediately filled with tears and my heart with sadness. I have such fond memories of you that I wanted to share some of those with others who cared about you also. I last saw you at an Ohio Music Educators conference in Columbus several years ago. We were having breakfast at the hotel one morning and I decided to go over and say “hi.” I could not believe how much you had aged and apparently it was mutual because you did not recognize me! I reminded you a bit about who I was and how much you had meant to me and my brother Matt that you were like a mother to us and you still did not remember! But it did not matter, I was so excited to see you. You made my day again, like many others, before I graduated in 1978. You were the first person I felt comfortable enough to talk about my sexuality with and you did not bat an eye. You remained steadfast and kept supporting me with meaningful musical experiences. I will never forget your beauty, grace, style, immense talent and ability to make it so much more than music education. And now, once again, I am inspired by you to try and leave behind a similar legacy by providing my students with the most meaningful musical experiences I possibly can. You mattered a lot to many people. Thank you Mrs. Boyd! You definitely helped change the world for the better! With Love Always, Marc Finney (Breece)

Beverly Conners Reiner - Jul 16, 2015

I was blessed to see the positive impact of Ms. Boyd on not only my sister, Alesia Conners (now Doughty) as well as our daughter Kerry Reiner (now Cantrell). What a gift Heaven is receiving and to be sure the choirs of angels were putting forth their very best voices in song when she arrived. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Debbie Parris - Jul 16, 2015

I was extremely saddened to hear of Kim’s passing. My kindest thoughts of sincere condolences go out to the entire Boyd family, particularly to her husband, Norm. Norm, you will be in my thoughts because I know you have lost your soul-mate. We will all miss her bubbly presence and of course, her beautiful voice. Columbus has just lost a great musician and friend.

Tina Cooney - Jul 16, 2015

Dear Ann, Matt and Norman – I was so saddened and shocked to hear of Kim’s passing. She was the primary reason I continued to go forward in the musical world. She was one of my top three teachers and was never far from my thoughts. I only regret that she retired from Hayes a year before my son started there. My prayers are with you all in this sorrowful time.

David Larrabee - Jul 16, 2015

I am so saddened to hear of Mrs. Boyd’s passing. I only attended one year (my senior year) at Hayes High School, but I truly enjoyed being in her class. She had more of a musical influence on me than all the other teachers I had from 6th grade through college. Her passion for music was very evident and her dedication to teaching and to the students was top notch. She is missed, but leaves a wonderful legacy. My condolences to her family.

Tami Gilliland Ustaszewski - Jul 16, 2015

When I started high school I was lost, but Mrs. Boyd took me under her wing and gave me something to be a part of. I lived my high school years in Room 12, some of the best times of my life. To say that I love Kim Boyd is an understatement. The amount of lives that she has touched and shaped is overwhelming. We have all been blessed. May family and friends be comforted in wonderful memories of this joyful lady. -Hayes High School class of 1984

William Catus - Jul 16, 2015

Kim was an indelible presence as a colleague of
many years in Cols. Symphony Chorus. She uplifted us by her enthusiasm, music talent, technique, aplomb and acumen. She’ll be sorely missed. We’ll remember her in our upcoming season Christmas sacred music and Mendelssohn ‘Elijah’.

Cherie Brooks - Jul 16, 2015

Kim Boyd. I wish I would have told you how much you did for me, for my students, for so many of my friends, with your talents, your support, your eager encouragement, your ability to share until it hurt. When I met you, you asked me a few, very complex choral questions, one difficult piano question, and then told me I was the real deal. That did more for my confidence in one moment than any other moment I have had professionally. I never thanked you.
I know you are in heaven, singing gloriously and directing all the angels around you to do the same…or else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t say thank you, and good-bye. So much love to your family. You are loved, missed, and have forever changed the musical and educational world of so mo many.
Cherie Brooks

Jack Jenny - Jul 16, 2015

I am so saddened to hear of Kim’s passing. She was a talented an gracious colleague at Otterbein. She was always very supportive of me as a colleague and also of my daughter, Kristen, when she was a music student there. I so greatly appreciated that support. She was a rudder that kept our course true throught some often rough seas. Thank you, Kim

Rachel Gibson - Jul 16, 2015

My condolences to your family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Clark Tieman - Jul 16, 2015

One of my favorite stories about Mrs. Boyd was, when preparing to demonstrate how she would want a vocal line to be performed, she would say to the choir, “Forgive me, I’m in bad voice,” and PROCEED TO SING A HIGH A IN PIANISSIMO WITH PERFECT TONE AND TECHNIQUE. She did this kind of thing a few times. Eventually, we pointed it out to her, and she said nothing but, “If you thought that was good, you should’ve heard me 30 years ago!” with a wink and a laugh.
I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful teacher, friend, and loved one. I was so honored that she returned to Otterbein for what may have been one of the last times to see my recital in February 2014. She was an amazing lady, and I will never, ever forget her.

Nicole (Howard) Rice - Jul 16, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Boyd’s passing. She will be missed by so many. She was such an inspiration and encourager to me and so many others. I will always remember the Hayes Musicals, the Hallelujah at the Christmas Concert and the Spring concerts. I am sure she is singing with the Angels and our Lord right now. May you all find comfort in that. My prayers are with all of you during this time.
1989 Hayes Graduate

Scott Phillips - Jul 16, 2015

I am shocked and saddened by this news. I was one of Mrs. Boyd’s students in the 1970s at Hayes High School. She was the best of the best. My condolences to everyone in her family.

Kit Gordon - Jul 16, 2015

Kim was a tremendous influence on all of our children during their time at Hayes High. Her energy, discipline, and musicianship carried Jeff, Christy, Stephen, Scott and Emily through their college careers and to this day. She was a classy lady and imparted those traits to her students, colleagues and everyone she met. To Norm and family: our heartfelt remembrances and love to you all as we continue to hear her beautiful voice filling the air. – Kit & Steve Gordon

Harriett Fairchild - Jul 16, 2015

Kim always had a smile on her face for every one. even all of us cooks at Hayes. We all loved her dearly and her beautiful music. Our two grandsons had violin with her they all played so beautiful.She was missed when she left Hayes. No one could take her place. So sorry to her family for the lost of Kim. God be with you all.

Kim Goodman - Jul 16, 2015

Dear Boyd Family,
I taught with Kim for almost 10 years at Otterbein. We shared an office for a couple of those years. We talked about our parents and our students and life. She loved teaching and she adored her students. I’m so sorry for your loss, she will be missed.

Craig Johnson - Jul 16, 2015

Kim was a cherished colleague at Otterbein, and I so admired her skills as a musician, and her energetic spirit. She was also a positive role model for all of us – faculty, staff and students. Norm and family, you are in my prayers at this sad time.

Su Ann Farnlacher - Jul 16, 2015

Her passing leaves an unfillable void in the lives she touched. Her talent, love, compassion, humor, persistance & intelligence enriched everyone she taught. She was only a 1 year interim choir director at First U.U. Church but she changed us forever. My thoughts & prayers go to Norm & everyone in her family.

Deanna Slone Roberts - Jul 16, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ms.Boyd. She was a big influence in mine life along with so many others. She was a wonderful person and had a heart of gold. Her smile, her sense of humor and her love for music is something that I will always remember. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with the family. May she rest in peace. God bless

Susan Waterbury - Jul 16, 2015

This tells me that when a person changes and affects your life profoundly and positively, tell them of your gratitude before it’s too late! I am saddened that Kim (Mrs. Boyd) is gone. I always say that my high school music teacher (Kim) is one of the biggest reasons that I am a professional musician today. She created opportunities for us and was a role model for me as a person, musician, and female. My heart goes out to you, her family.

Lisa - Jul 16, 2015

My deepest sympathy to the Boyd family. She is someone who has truly touched us and will always be close through the joy of memories and the beauty of love. She is a great inspiration to music. I had her as a teacher. She really pushed me. I love her for doing that. God Bless to the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Justin Blaylock - Jul 16, 2015

Kim Boyd was the epitome of inspiration. The world has lost a truly fantastic musician and educator yet the heavens have gained a brilliant star. Her gift was her passion and her love of music. I know I would not be the person I am today without having been in the Otterbein Vocal Ensemble, under her direction. My deepest condolences to the Boyd family and to the OVE family as well. The choir of heaven just got a new lead Soprano.

Phil Dinovo - Jul 16, 2015

Matthew and Ann,
I am so very sad on the news of your mother’s passing. Your mother inspired many of the students at Hayes and we grieve with you. A wonderful musician, but more importantly, a wonderful person. Her legacy lives on in both of you and through her countless students. May she Rest in Peace.

Christopher Hunt - Jul 16, 2015

She was my favorite teacher in High School and Choir was always my favorite class. I really miss those days. She was a big influence on a lot of people and will really be missed.

Janet Hills - Jul 16, 2015

So sad to hear of Mrs. Boyd’s passing. She was a wonderful and talented educator at Delaware Hayes. I enjoyed orchestra and choir and eventually being part of the pit orchestra and even taking part in a musical by my senior year. She had such a great impact on all of her students. She will be greatly missed but will be a delightful addition to the angel’s choir in Heaven.

Sharon Hamersley - Jul 16, 2015

As Interim Director for the choir at First Unitarian, Kim was a great help in getting us moving forward after the retirement of our previous long-time director. No one could resist her boundless energy and enthusiasm for music. We learned a great deal from her and personally, I will really miss her.

Kendra (Stegner) Siler - Jul 16, 2015

As we are all learning of Mrs. Boyd’s passing, I know for certain that all of the Delaware Hayes Choir and Orchestra Alumni are shedding a tear (or a few more). Every day I looked forward to walking into her classroom to be immersed into and celebrate her joy of music. She was a talented, passionate and caring teacher and friend. Her legacy at Delaware Hayes will never be forgotten as her joy and spirit was one of a kind.
Delaware Hayes Graduate, 1986

Ben Huntoon - Jul 16, 2015

So sorry to learn of Kim’s passing. Kim was always such a gracious colleague and friend, both at Otterbein University and as a customer at Stanton’s Sheet Music. Her kind words and supportive spirit will be greatly missed.

Jason Ellinger - Jul 16, 2015

I would not be who I am today without Ms. Boyd’s influence. When I was just gaining an appreciation for classical music, and moved from Band at Willis to Orchestra at Hayes, she would allow me to come in before school and play her something I heard on the radio the night before and ask question after question about it. I’m sure I was asking about things she’d know forever, but it was new to me, and she endured my questions with such grace and a teaching spirit. Then when I started singing, her belief in me gave me such confidence to get out there and shoot for the stars. I cannot express enough my thanks to Ms. Boyd… for everything I learned from her… for how she cared… for how she encouraged me… My condolences on her loss, may she rest in peace and flights of angels sing her to her rest!

Angela Blankenship-Aponte - Jul 16, 2015

My most heartfelt condolences. Miss Boyd was a great orchestra conductor and she taught me a lot. I will never forget those four years. She was as bright as the sun.

Kyle Heimbrock - Jul 16, 2015

Kim Boyd is the most dedicated, caring music educator I have ever learned from. She taught me many lessons, and made a difference in all of her singers’ lives. I am devastated by this loss. My condolences.

Bryan Bartow - Jul 16, 2015

I am so sorry to hear Mrs Boyd passed away. She was an amazing teacher and person. I have many fond memories of her while playing in orchestra at Hayes. She will be missed.

Jennifer Bell - Jul 16, 2015

I worked closely with Kim for many years at Otterbein, and there was no one more energetic, dedicated and giving than she. I am so sorry to hear that she is gone, and my prayers are with you, Norm, and all your family. I know she’s rockin’ it in that choir of angels.

Gayle - Jul 16, 2015

Norm, my sincerest condolences on your loss. Kim was a selfless and giving colleague, caring teacher, fabulous musician, and a person of great integrity. I feel so fortunate to have known and learned from her. The Otterbein Department of Music has lost a true blue friend and colleague.

Lindsay Kate Cozzens - Jul 16, 2015

My thoughts are with Kim’s family. She was such a huge influence on my decision to become a performer.

Karen Eckenroth - Jul 16, 2015

Kim was a talented musician and beautiful person. She was a delightful colleague at Otterbein, always supportive of students and faculty.
Norm – my prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Marilyn Nims - Jul 16, 2015

It is astounding to think of the number of Delaware Hayes students whose lives were enriched, or indeed totally changed, by their participation in Kim’s choir or orchestra. For so many years I saw her magic firsthand in the lives of my private voice students and then in the lives of my own two children. She made singing in choir “the place to be” for so many, and there they found not only the joy of music but also her all-important support for their personal well-being. Rest in peace, dear Kim. Your good works live on in so many. Our deepest thanks.

Julie Robinson - Jul 16, 2015

I wanted to just express my deep sadness. She was a high school music teacher and yes, she was talented and passionate about music. One of my clearest memories is of her zealously conducting the Hallelujah chorus every Christmas. She was a wonderful music instructor but she also created a haven for so many of us. The choir room was our place to go to be with people like us. It was our respite and our place where everyone belonged. I will always be thankful for our most beautiful and talented music teacher- she touched many many lives for the better. I am so very thankful that she was a part of my life– the world will be less without her in it.
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.
Julie Robinson 1986 graduate Hayes High School

Amy Chivington - Jul 16, 2015

Kim was a delightful and wonderful musician. Kim,your contribution to the musical life at Otterbein remains a hallmark. Blessings to your family and to Norm at this time.

Kathy Kemp - Jul 16, 2015

There are no words to express my deep sadness upon hearing of Kim’s death. As one of her first groups at Delaware Hayes High School, she rocked my world. It is because of her that I majored in music at The Ohio State University. I aspired to be “another Kim Boyd”. We continued to cross paths through the years, even meeting up at a convention in Toledo, Ohio. I am richer for having known Kim. To the family, my deepest condolences and prayers for God’s perfect peace during this difficult time.

Barbara (Lovell) Smith - Jul 16, 2015

Ms Boyd will be truly missed. She was a great teacher and caring person. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends.

Becky Hinkle - Jul 16, 2015

I would not be where I am today if it were not for Kim Boyd. She was an inspiring, loving, sparkling and strong woman who changed the lives of countless students. She will be deeply missed and my heart goes out to her family.

Doris Oursler - Jul 16, 2015

Oh,Kim – this is just too sad. Norm, you are in my heart during this tough time. Know that I carry only the fondest of memories of Kim – from Symphony Chorus and also her time with us as interim choir director at First Unitarian. She reached out to me on a personal level because I was going through a tough time myself. We made beautiful music together – superb director and lover of excellent music-making. Warmest hugs to all of you.

Susan Eckman - Jul 16, 2015

I am sorry to hear Mrs. Boyd has passed away. She was my favorite teacher in school. She was always very supportive in orchestra/choir and gave me my diploma when I graduated. Best wishes to your family.

Molly McQuigg - Jul 16, 2015

Ave Maria…. Beautiful music for a beautiful person that taught all of us so much at Hayes! She made me a singer when I started out as a shy flute player. She ultimately had me playing musical percussion, oboe, flute, girls quartet, mixed ensemble, trios in the musicals! My love for classical music was expanded by my involvement with her talent. Blessings and comfort to all the family in this time of loss. She will be fondly remembered.

Patrick Roach - Jul 16, 2015

My thoughts and prayers to Kim’s family. She was an inspiration to all of her students. One of the greatest musicians and teachers who ever stepped into a classroom. The world has lost a great lady. But I’m sure she’ll whip that choir of angels right into shape!! Rest in Peace Kim. We love you.

Tony Lawson - Jul 16, 2015

I was there. Back in the 70s when Kim Boyd first burst into the music room at Delaware Hayes High. We all fell in love with her talent, passion & energy. Through music she pushed us to be the best we could attain & I’ve kept those lessons dear ever since! Norm & family – SO sorry for this loss. Mrs. Boyd, you left too early!!!

Susan (Gross) Cleveland - Jul 16, 2015

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Boyd. She was the most influential teacher I had at Hayes High School. She encouraged me to be the best musician I could be. I studied music after graduation and continue to play and sing today. No doubt, her infectious love of music is what encouraged me to pursue my passion.

Gary Everts - Jul 16, 2015

I am shocked and so saddened to learn of Kim’s passing. Kim was an enormously gifted musician and educator, and a wonderful friend to me. She will be missed in the Columbus area music community, and by the many former students and friends who were blessed to call her friend. I regret that I am out of town this week and will regretfully miss the service for Kim!

Chet Snouffer - Jul 16, 2015

I was so stunned and saddened to hear this news. Kim was a great friend and fellow staff member at Hayes High School. What an incredibly talented, classy, and dignified lady! as sad as we are at her passing we must remember how blessed we all were to have known her and been influenced by her. To her family I hope you continue to celebrate the fact that you had her in your lives! How wonderful!
I know I will see her someday leading a choir of angels. No doubt wearing a black dress with that radiant blonde mane catching the light just right!!!! 🙂 God bless and keep you all.

Bob and Vicky Mathews - Jul 16, 2015

Norm and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Kim was a great lady and friend. We have such fond memories of the times we spent with the both of you during Jason and Heather’s high school years. She will be greatly missed. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers
Bob and Vicky Mathews

Cherylynn Gregory O'Melia - Jul 16, 2015

As a former Hayes orchestra and choir student, I was positively impacted by Mrs. Boyd. Her infectious personality, charm, beauty, and passion for music and teaching radiated to her students. Mrs. Boyd was my favorite high school teacher, and she strongly influenced my decision to become an educator.

Cherylynn Gregory O'Melia - Jul 16, 2015

As a former Hayes orchestra and choir student, I was positively impacted by Mrs. Boyd. Her infectious personality, charm, beauty, and passion for music and teaching radiated to her students. Mrs. Boyd was my favorite high school teacher, and she strongly influenced my decision to become an educator.

Jason Bradley-Krauss - Jul 15, 2015

Dear Norm,
It hurt my heart to get learn this news. Kim was such a inspiring person. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your peace. Kim is in the presence of her Lord and maker.
God Bless,
Jason Bradley-Krauss and the Bradley Krauss Family

Dawn Cooke - Jul 15, 2015

My thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Boyd’s family. I have the fondest memories of choir at Hayes and her ability to bring out the best musical talent in anyone. As well as getting us passed our fear of the stage and the wobbly risers we stood on.

Terry Weiser - Jul 15, 2015

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I knew her from muy days at Hayes. She was so wonderful to all her students. I’m so very sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace

Wendy Joye - Jul 15, 2015

So sorry to hear this news. My best memories in high school were my musical ones, including girls chorale, mixed ensemble, musicals, etc. Mrs. Boyd brought out the best in all of us was an extraordinary teacher and performer herself. She will always be thought of fondly.

Mark Stevens - Jul 15, 2015

Kim will be greatly missed.
A great advocate and teacher for the entire music community.

Stephanie Henkle - Jul 15, 2015

Kim was one of my favorite colleagues in the Otterbein Music Dept. She would do anything to support and positively influence the students. My prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace.

Steven Barros - Jul 15, 2015

Ms. Boyd was my favorite professor as a music student at Otterbein. Some of my favorite moments as a singer came under her direction. Her passion for music was contagious. She has left an indelible mark on my life. I am truly devastated by your loss.

Nancy Myers - Jul 15, 2015

I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. My heart and deepest condolences go out to y’all.
Kim has left her mark on this world with her gift of music. Our loss is definitely Heavens gain.

Joyce Stonebraker - Jul 15, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. What a talented & dedicated teacher & musician!! May the Lord bless you and keep you! Joyce Stonebraker

Dawn Farrell - Jul 15, 2015

RIP Kim and be lulled with the heavenly music in heaven. To Norm and families, may God hold you strong.

Return to Obituaries