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Mildred Anne Duncan Boyd / January 09, 2018

Mildred Anne Duncan Boyd, 102, peacefully passed away at home Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Born at home in Pinners Point, Portsmouth, the oldest daughter of George Bryan and Adrienne Drewry Duncan, Mildred was a precocious child who insisted on starting the first grade a year early. She literally walked her young self to school and sat in the first grade classroom until the teacher relented and added her name to the class roll. She enjoyed a happy childhood surrounded by her siblings and cousins, spending time crabbing, visiting the family farm in Southampton County with her grandparents, and singing and dancing, or doing cart wheels and head-stands in her mother's hand sewn and embroidered, white lace dresses. After high school, she pursued a career in show business as a singer. When WWII broke out, she joined the USO, as a singer, and traveled around the world, entertaining the troops in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. After the war, she returned to her singing career, then came back home to Portsmouth, where she opened a dancing school and settled down to work and family. Like many others, she and her husband moved to the tiny town of Virginia Beach when they were married in 1950. She was a great support to her husband during his career as a business owner, and late in life they both enjoyed spending time in Mecklenburg County with Boyd relatives. They devoted much time and resources to the restoration of the Boyd Tavern in Boydton. Truly a member of "The Greatest Generation", she lived a life of kindness, selflessness, and contentment, focused on her family and those around her. She never met a person that she didn't like. She was a devoted mother to her daughter and a devoted grandmother to her four grandsons, who brought her many years of joy. She always wanted her family to have a little fun, and particularly wanted her daughter to just put on a little lipstick. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach and the Princess Anne Country Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Robin Boyd Rawles and husband James W. Rawles Jr. of Virginia Beach; four grandsons, Robert Boyd Rawles and his wife Kate of Richmond, James W. Rawles III and his wife Kelsey of Salt Lake City, Utah, Alexander Bryan Rawles of Orgainsville, and Charles M. Rawles of Virginia Beach and four great-grandchildren, Marika, Virginia, Armond, and James; as well as a sister-in-law, Pat Melchor of Norfolk.

Mrs. Boyd was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Massie Boyd Jr.; her two brothers, George Bryan Duncan Jr. and Julian Duncan; her two sisters, Mary Lea Duncan and Nancy Duncan Kutz Anderson.

The family would like to thank her devoted caregivers Barbara Butler, Venus Wilding, Rachel Brown, Tracie Saunders, Laverne Copeland, Betsy Davis, and Cheryl McLaurin, and Eve Harris Boyd, deceased.

A funeral will be held Friday, Jan. 12 at noon in the Chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach followed by a reception at the Princess Anne Country Club. Burial will be private in Mecklenburg County.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, the Boyd Tavern Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements.

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