In memory of
Olive Boyd Guild
In memory of
Olive Boyd Guild
Olive Boyd Guild, 75 WINDSOR LAKES, Texas - Olive Boyd Guild, known to all her early friends in Maine as Pokey (an early, well-justified nickname), passed away on April 10, 2017, at her home in The Woodlands, just north of Houston, Texas, as a result of a painful and challenging 18-month ordeal with cancer; she had every treatment that MD Anderson had to offer, but to no avail. She leaves behind her life's partner in marriage, Elizabeth "Liz" Eckenfels, of The Woodlands; plus her brother, William Newell "Pete" Guild, of West Bath, Maine and Tucson, Ariz.; her niece Moriah Guild Adams, and her children Noah and Ethen Adams, of Oklahoma City; and her nephew, Britton Newell Guild, and his daughter Alli Brook Guild, of Phippsburg and Edgecomb. Pokey was born in Salem, Mass., on June 25, 1941, to Mary Newell and Eastham "Bud" Guild, who were living in Marblehead at the time. About 1946, the family moved back to Mary's home town of Bath. Pokey attended the North Primary and North Grammar Schools in Bath, and for a few years, the Bath Junior High School. She completed high school studies at The House in the Pines, a boarding school in Massachusetts. During her earlier summers (late 1940s and early 1950s), she went to Wavus Camps on Lake Damariscotta, an institution which she loved and cherished until her passing. While at "camp," she loved her involvement with all camp activities including trips into the Maine woods, rivers and to Monhegan Island, plus all of the camp's many other activities. After graduation from The House in the Pines, she spent a brief time living and working in Boston. She then joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lennard Wood in Missouri for her first tour, and later at Fort Knox for her final tour enlistment as a dental technician. After the Army service, Pokey then moved to Tacoma, Wash., where she studied nursing and became a registered nurse. Around the late 1970s, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she furthered her nursing career at the Bexar County Hospital. It is there she found her true life, and the love of her life, Liz Eckenfels, in the early 1980s. The couple built their dream home on about 14 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country on FM 474, maybe five miles north of the picturesque old German town of Boerne. They raised, rode, and buggy-broke their three horses on the property, where many of their friends visited. One of Pokey's happiest times was when she was work-ing (volunteering) at the Cibolo Nature Center on Cibolo Creek in Boerne. She attended the Episcopal Church in Boerne. In the mid-2000s, Pokey and Liz decided to sell the Hill Country place and move closer to the Houston area where Liz's brother and sister, Michael and Barb, were living. As age proceeded, they realized they needed a smaller place, so they had a house built in a newly-established subdivision of The Woodlands, named Windsor Lakes, where they have lived ever since. This turned out to be a wonderful community, and worked out very well during her many cancer treatments, and ER visits; the St. Luke Hospital, and local MD Anderson unit were no more than two miles away. Pokey always loved her summers in Maine, so in about 2007 she asked her brother Pete about building a place for Liz and herself on the old family property at Birch Point in West Bath. They got the family land subdivided, hired a noted local architect, Frank Roberts, and got Pete to be the GC in writing specs, getting bids out, hiring a contractor, and overseeing building the place. One of the terms with the ultimate builder was that the place HAD to be 100% ready for occupancy no later than June 2008! It was ready, and those two ladies have enjoyed it ever since. They were married by Stephanie Guerin Batterman in August 2013 on their coastal property. Pokey has a marker stone at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath, alongside her grandparents, William S. "Pete" and Caroline Moulton Newell; her parents, Mary and Buddy Guild; and her uncle, John R. Newell. Her ashes will be located in the Boyd family plot in the Mount Auburn Cemetery outside Boston, where relatives of the Charles Boyd family are resting, including grandmother Olive Boyd Guild, great-aunt Eleanor Boyd Hyde, and great-grandfather Charles M. Boyd, among other Boyd relatives. Liz, her life partner and a registered nurse, has been Pokey's medical advocate and loving caregiver ever since they found out she had cancer, in November 2015. Liz will be having a memorial service for her Ollie (as she always called her) in Texas at a time presently not determined. Her brother Pete and his wife Sandy will also have a family memorial service for her during the summer in Maine, to be announced later. ... Show More
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