Ann Rixey Boyd, a longtime resident of Coronado and widow of Rear Admiral Edward Ayres Boyd, passed quietly in her home on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.
Ann was born in Quantico, Virginia July 1, 1931, and was the daughter of Brigadier General Presley Morehead Rixey, USMC, and Virginia Biscoe Rixey. She first resided in Coronado after her father received orders in 1946, and had a continuous relationship with Coronado for the remainder of her life. Ann attended The College of William and Mary and transferred to Boston University, graduating with Bachelor Degree in History and Fine Arts.
Ann was set up on a blind date by Coronadan Mary Ann Twite. That blind date led to marriage; she and then Lt. Cmdr. Edward Ayres Boyd of Rock Island, Illinois, married April 12, 1957 at Fort Myer Chapel in Arlington, Virginia.
Ann and Ed’s adventure together began with duty locations including Monterey, California (1957), Washington, D.C. (1957-1960), Norfolk, Virginia (1960-1961), Quonset Point, Rhode Island (1961-1962), USS Yorktown CVS-10, Long Beach (1962-1964), Capital Hill, Washington, D.C. (1964-1968), and Commanding Officer, USS Taluga, AO-62 (1968-1970), Naval Base Long Beach, California.
Ed and Ann returned to Coronado in December of 1970 when then he took command of the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14), which served as the host ship for the successful recovery of Apollo 16 in April of 1972. The family lived in Quarters on North Island until Ed’s untimely death in August of 1972, whereupon Ann and their two young sons moved to main Coronado where she lived for the remainder of her life.
Ann continued to be active in the community, her interests varied, cultivating a variety of dear friends. When she got involved, she jumped in with both feet. When Ann entertained, which she loved to do, it wasn’t just a party; she put together a very well organized event. She particularly adored costume or themed parties.
She loved her church, Christ Episcopal Church, where she volunteered on the Altar Guild and at the Thrift Shop for many years. She held memberships in The National Society of the Colonial Dames, The Wednesday Club of San Diego and the Republican Women’s Club of Coronado. She was a co-founder of Coronado’s Bridge and Bay Garden Club, was a founding member of the popular Armchair Travel and participated in Art Alive at San Diego’s Museum of Art for 30 years.
Ann was a recipient of the Salvation Army’s “Women of Distinction” Award in 2007, former Board Member of The Gas Lamp District and Coronado Beautiful responsible for fundraising for the widely enjoyed concert Pavilion in Coronado’s Spreckels Park.
Ann always felt extremely blessed to have had so many loving and cherished friends in her life and that is what motivated her to contribute to her community. Many of her friends and family will remember her practice of yelling, “Too-da-loo!” on her way out.
Ann is survived by her sons Edward Ayres (Wendy King) Boyd, Jr. of Newport Beach, California, and Brenton Rixey (Ann Emerson) Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas; her grandchildren, the triplets Savannah Rose Boyd, Hayden Edward Boyd and Presley James Boyd of Newport Beach, and Mary Alexandra Boyd Thornton, Margaret Ann Boyd and Brenton Rixey Boyd, Jr. of Fort Worth; and her brother, Capt. USMC, Presley Morehead (Mary Bagnell) Rixey III of Wildwood, Florida.
At Ann’s request, she will be honored with a private family service held at the Memorial Garden, Christ Episcopal Church. Her favorite song, “Breath On Me, Breath of God” will be played as her ashes are laid to rest. May her spirit be returned to the arms of God as she returned her ashes to the earth. She requested that if so moved, donations be made to: Christ Church Parish Day School, 926 C Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118.
Too-da-loo, Ann. You will be missed.