Joan E. Boyd


Joan E. Boyd, 68, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at her home in Ballston Spa after a six-year battle with cancer. Joan was born in Syracuse, NY on April 11, 1951, the daughter of Stanley and Jeanne Boyd.

Joan fiercely loved her friends and family, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed spending all her time with them. She also had a great love to travel and see the world. She would take her only daughter, Chelsea, on numerous trips throughout every year and always a long trip to Cape Cod, MA every summer with her friends and their children. She continued to travel the world even after Chelsea left for college to the most amazing places in the world – Antarctica, Panama Canal, Russia/Scandinavia, Moscow, Egypt, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, South American countries, and many of the Caribbean islands. She has been on over 30 cruises and would always travel with close friends and thoroughly enjoyed that time with them.

Lastly, she loved her tattoos. She had quite a few, but there were some recent ones within the past couple of years that she cherished, especially, the chest peony tattoo that she shared with her daughter, Chelsea. It meant a lot to them to get the same tattoo together. Joan raised Chelsea by herself. They were not just mother and daughter, but more like best friends and soulmates. The bond they shared was more than this earthly world, it was beyond this life.

Joan is survived by her ever-loving daughter Chelsea Ahl (Lucas); cherished grandchildren Gracie and Carter Ahl; sister Anne Layne Keller (Edward); brother Thomas Boyd (Wendy); several nieces and a nephew; and many, many cherished life-long friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 30, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will follow at 7:00pm. A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Ballston Spa Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank those who cared for her during the end of her illness, Johna Rossi and Deidra DeLossantos.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation online via their website or at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation National Headquarters, ATTN: Financial Operations, 733 Third Avenue, Ste. 510 New York, NY 10017.

Guest Book

Patti Ingram

Chelsea, I am saddened to read about the death of your Mom and best friend. We never met but I felt like I knew you from your Mom talking about you. I worked with her at NES/Pearson in Malta and she was one of the best co-workers ever. We all missed her when she wasn't able to continue to work with us. Keep all your loving memories close to your heart.

Christine VanArsdale

Chelsea and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I know how close you and your mother were. Find comfort in the great memories you have of her. Looking back your mother lived life and accomplished so many things.

Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Madelyn Lanigan

Dear Chelsea and family, we are so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always so cool, unique, friendly, and always smiling. She was special. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Maddy and Richie Lanigan