Dorothy Wiletta (Perry) Boyce
After 100 years of full and fruitful life as a beloved matriarch and faithful friend, Dorothy Wiletta (Perry) Boyce departed this life on February 14, 2021. She was born on November 27, 1920, to Mr. and Mrs. William and Loretta Perry in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Dorothy was the salutatorian of the Yellow Springs High School class of 1938. She met the love of her life, Lyonel Boyce, at Wilberforce University and graduated in 1942 with a BS in business. Dorothy and Lyonel married and settled in Cleveland where she earned an M.S. in education from Case Western Reserve University, taught kindergarten for 20 years, and served as the pianist and Youth Choir Director at St. James A.M.E. Church. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and traveled the far reaches of the world with her friend, Mildred Talbot Redon, before she retired to Beavercreek, Ohio. She was an active member of Central Chapel A.M.E. Church in Yellow Springs prior to a prolonged illness with dementia.
She is preceded in death by her husband: Lyonel Boyce; son, Wendell Boyce; and daughter-in-love: Cheryl Boyce. She is survived by her children: Russell Boyce, Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Clarenda (Major) Jordan, McKinney, Texas; and daughter-in-love: Elaine Boyce, Beavercreek, Ohio; grandchildren: Ebony (Dedric) Carter, St. Louis, Missouri; Jason Boyce, Beavercreek, Ohio; Allison Jordan, St. Louis, Missouri; and Robert (Brittney) Jordan, Washington D.C.; great-grandchildren: Austin Boyce; Azaria, Aniah, and Akenzia Carter; and Major Jordan; sister: Marlene (Roger) Bowman, Murrieta, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. A walk-through visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 10:00 am-11:00 am followed by a graveside service at 12 noon at Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to Central Chapel A.M.E.Church, 411 S. High St., Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 Social distancing protocol will be observed, and a face mask will be required. A celebration of a life well-lived will take place at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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