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Diane Clare Lobb-Boyce

November 8, 1944 March 7, 2016
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Diane Clare Lobb-Boyce, 71, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family at home on March 7, 2016. She was born November 8, 1944 at her grandparents' home on South Cross Road, Staatsburg, NY. She was predeceased by her parents, Lois M. Crittenden and Col. Anthony William Lobb, United States Army Ret. Diane enjoyed a lifelong interest in her family's genealogy. She was a direct descendant of several Mayflower passengers including Francis Cooke and Stephen Hopkins on her mother's side, and William Brewster on her father's side. She often would say, "If you have a New England background, you just need to know where to start." She was known to get many of her friends and associates deeply involved in genealogy. Diane was a lifelong Episcopalian. Raised in Saint James' Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, she was a Lay Minister, former Sunday School Teacher, Member of the Vestry, and Youth Group Leader at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Staatsburg; and most recently, a member of Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, NY. Diane was a 1962 graduate of Staatsburg Union Free School. She graduated from Dutchess Community College in 1965. After graduation, she worked at the Poughkeepsie Journal, and then for the Dutchess County Council, Boy Scouts of America, where she met her husband Roy A. Boyce of Wappingers Falls. They were married at St. James' Episcopal Church, Hyde Park on June 10, 1967. After staying at home to raise her sons, she was hired in 1981 by the National Park Service for the Roosevelt- Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Sites, where she served in the Administrative, Museum, and Visitor Services Divisions. She worked mostly in Visitor Services as an Interpreter, where she was honored to take Barbra Streisand, President Bill Clinton, and His Majesty Prince Andrew, Duke of York, on tour. During the middle part of the nineteen nineties, Diane was instrumental in forming an interpreter exchange program between Springwood, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park and Campobello National Historic Park in New Brunswick, Canada, as well as the Little White House located in Warm Springs, Georgia. As a result, interpreters from all three sites were able to present a more complete story of the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family and his legacy. Over her career she was able to share her extensive knowledge of Roosevelt Family history and genealogy with notable historians Jonathan Alter, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and her friend, Geoffrey Ward. Most recently, Diane and a colleague completed an article for the White House History Journal entitled the "Indomitable Sara Delano Roosevelt- Mother of Franklin D. Roosevelt." In addition to her husband, Roy, she is survived by her sons, Shaun R. Boyce, Sr. and wife, Deborah, of Salt Point, and Kevin A. Boyce and his wife, Jennifer, of Yonkers; and her very beloved and special grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth and Shaun R. Boyce, Jr., and Emma Catherine Boyce; her brother, Jeffrey Rosencrans and wife, Theresa, of Wappingers Falls; her very special friends, Karen, Ginny, Ellen, and Peggy; and her National Park Service friends, Michelle, Cathy, Tara, Bill and Fran who made Thursdays such a delight. Calling hours will be from 4-7 pm, Thursday March 17th at Sweets Funeral Home, Inc., Rte.9, Hyde Park. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 18th at 11am at St. James' Episcopal Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Cremation and internment of her ashes in St. James' Churchyard will take place at the convenience of the family. The Boyce family respectfully request memorial donations be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414. To send an online condolence or for directions, please visit

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