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Mabel E. Mann


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Mabel E. Mann

  • Born: 30 Aug 1910, Chesterfield Co., VA
  • Marriage: James Arthur Boyd on 28 Sep 1931 in Chesterfield Co., VA
  • Died: 16 Jun 2011, Chesterfield Co., VA at age 100

bullet  General Notes:

Mabel M. Boyd is mentioned as a surviver in the January 3, 2004 obituary of her sister, Martha Mann Cowan.

Meeting Date: August 25, 2010 Item Number: 5.C.
Resolution Recognizing Mrs. Mabel Estelle Mann Boyd on Her 100th Birthday
County Administrator's Comments:
County Administrator:_________________________________
Board Action Requested:
Ms. Jaeckle requests that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached
resolution recognizing Mrs. Boyd on the occasion of her 100th birthday.
Summary of Information:
Mrs. Mabel Estelle Mann Boyd has lived in Chesterfield County for 96 of her
100 years and has been an inspirational example of family values, caring for
others, strength and civic responsibility.
Preparer: Don Kappel Title:___Director, Public Affairs_______
Attachments: Yes No #
WHEREAS, Mabel Estelle Mann was born on August 30, 1910 in Henrico
County, Virginia; and
WHEREAS, her family moved to Chesterfield County when Mabel was
four years old; and
WHEREAS, along with her family, Mabel joined the Chester Baptist
Church and has been active in the church for many years, including
teaching Sunday School and always ensuring that flowers were in the
church, and she often used her talents to create beautiful arrangements
for special occasions; and
WHEREAS, she attended Chester Agricultural School, graduating in
1929 from what was then named Chester High School; and
WHEREAS, Mabel played basketball while at Chester High School, and
was captain of the team in 1929; and
WHEREAS, after graduating from high school, she was hired by DuPont
to work at the company's new plant, and within three months was promoted
to a supervisory position; and
WHEREAS, Mabel married J. Arthur Boyd on September 28, 1931 at her
home in Chester, and the Boyds both worked at DuPont, where Mabel earned
$0.29 an hour and Arthur earned $0.27 an hour, prompting him to tell
people he had married Mabel for her money; and
WHEREAS, in 1933, Mabel and Arthur moved in with Arthur's mother,
who had suffered a stroke, so Mabel could assist with her care on the
farm, which included a cow, chickens, pigs and a vegetable garden that
needed to be maintained; and
WHEREAS, Mabel and Arthur had three children while living there and
Mabel assisted with caring for Arthur's mother and later, also a niece
whose mother was sent to a tuberculosis sanitarium; and
WHEREAS, following the death of her mother-in-law in 1943, Mabel
and her family moved in with Mabel's mother in her home at the end of
Dale Lane in the county; and
WHEREAS, their son Robert David, or "Bobby" as he was known,
succumbed to meningitis at age 11 during this time; and
WHEREAS, over the years, and particularly during the World War II
years, Mabel and Arthur took in various people who had nowhere to live,
at times housing as many as four families in the home; and
WHEREAS, Mabel will long be remembered for attending to the needs
of others in the Chester community \endash delivering food to families,
cheering them up with a flower from her award-winning garden, and
countless other acts of kindness; and
WHEREAS, Mabel joined the Chester Garden Club during the 1940s, and
was named an Honorary Member for Life in 1995; and
WHEREAS, Mabel and Arthur purchased land off Osborne Road in the
1940s, and using lumber and other materials from a home they bought in
Amelia County for $200, Arthur built a home on the property located on
the appropriately named Boyd Road, which the family moved into on March
3, 1953; and
WHEREAS, Arthur became a well-respected homebuilder in Chesterfield
County, and Mabel assisted him with his business; and
WHEREAS, in addition to their three children, Mabel and Arthur were
blessed with six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Mabel and Arthur celebrated their 50th anniversary on
September 28, 1981, and Arthur passed away in June 1982; and
WHEREAS, one cannot think of Mabel and Arthur Boyd without
remembering the saying, "They sure don't make them like they used to!";
WHEREAS, Chesterfield County, Virginia, is extremely proud to call
Mrs. Mabel Estelle Mann Boyd its own; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Boyd's 100th birthday on August 30, 2010, is a
suitable time to recognize a lifetime of commitment, compassion,
exemplary accomplishment and a work ethic unsurpassed by anyone.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chesterfield County Board
of Supervisors, this 25th day of August 2010, publicly recognizes the
inspirational accomplishments and example set by Mrs. Mabel Estelle Mann
Boyd, and on the occasion of her 100th birthday, extends to her on behalf
of all Chesterfield County residents hearty congratulations and best
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be
presented to Mrs. Boyd and that this resolution be permanently recorded
among the papers of this Board of Supervisors of Chesterfield County,

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The SSDI records:
Mabel M. Boyd
Last Residence: 23831 Chester, Chesterfield, Virginia
Born: 30 Aug 1910
Died: 16 Jun 2011
State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (1956)

The obituary for Mabel Mann Boyd Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on June 19, 2011:
Mabel Mann Boyd, 100, widow of J. Arthur Boyd, Builder of Chester, and assisted him in many facets of his business. She was the daughter of Alma B. Mann. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Robert David in 1946. She has two children, James A. Boyd Jr., wife Gail, and their children, and Nancy Boyd Woolridge, her late husband, and their children; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mabel was an active member of Chester Baptist. She was an active member of the Chester Garden Club for many years, winning many awards for her horticulture, and made an honorary member for life in 1995. She will be greatly missed by all. Honorary pallbearers are nephews, David Badia, David Cowan, Bill Mann, Carlton Mann, Tommy Boyd, Herbert Boyd, James Hubbard and Thurman Hubbard Jr.; as well as the Deacons of Chester Baptist Church. There will be a memorial service on June 25, with a memorial gathering following at Chester Baptist Church at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Chester Baptist Church, 4317 School Street, Chester, Va., or a charity of one's choice.


Mabel married James Arthur Boyd on 28 Sep 1931 in Chesterfield Co., VA. (James Arthur Boyd was born on 11 Aug 1905 in Virginia and died in Jun 1982 in Chesterfield Co., VA.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

The marriage date is mentioned in the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors tribute ... see general notes.

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