LCDR Raymond A. Boyd 05 Jun 1947 - 16th June 1948
24Sep08 - Eda H. Woodruff
Boyd July 14, 1918 ~ September 5, 2008 Eda
Helen Woodruff, daughter of Leo E. and Eda (Rohrbach)
Woodruff, who preceded her in death, was
born July 14, 1918 in Rexburg, Idaho.
She grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho with her
nine siblings and later attended Utah State
University. In 1943 she joined the U.S. Navy
Waves and trained at Hunter College, New
In 1945 she married Navy Lt. Raymond A.
Boyd from Pocahontas, Iowa in Pensacola,
Florida. Having just graduated from Navy
Flight School, he was assigned to Coronado
Naval Air Station in California. His career
path took them to Hawaii, Maryland, New
Jersey, and Virginia.
Cdr. Boyd preceded her in death in 1957
while on active duty. She moved her family
to Spokane, Washington and later to Seattle,
where she finished her B.A. at the
University of Washington in 1973.
As a single parent and young Navy widow,
Eda raised her children with a strong
emphasis on education and duty to country
and family. The Spokane Valley provided the
necessary wholesome and healthy environment
for her young children. Seattle's close
proximity to a large university provided
educational opportunities for her and her
Her husband Raymond (1942), son Raymond
Jr. (1973) and grandson, Samuel (2005), are
all graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Eda was preceded in death by one son, Ray
Clinton Boyd in 1948. She is survived by
four siblings and four children: Bettie A.
Reuther (Terry), St. Paul, Minnesota; Eda
Marie Rice (Mel), Seattle; Linda R.
Landerdahl (James), Seattle; and Raymond A.
Boyd Jr. (Christine), Guilford, Connecticut;
seven grandchildren: Stefan Reuther (Emily),
Minneapolis; Jessie Tiede (Shannon),
Minneapolis; Christopher Landerdahl,
Seattle; Alexis Boyd, Atlanta, Ga; Lt.
Samuel Boyd, USN, Oceania, Va; Andrew Boyd,
University of Connecticut; and Eda Melinda
Rice, Tacoma; and one great grandson, Colin
Eda spent her last four years under
excellent care at Pinehurst Homes in Seattle
and passed away peacefully at Virginia Mason
Hospital Friday evening, September 5, 2008.
Memorial services will be held on
Wednesday, September 10 at 2:00 pm at Wiggen
& Sons Funeral Home in Ballard.
Burial services will follow at Arlington
National Cemetery in the plot adjacent to
her husband on a date yet to be determined.
Memorials can be sent to US Naval Academy
Foundation, Annapolis, Maryland.