Ms. Linda R. Boyer of Bradenton, FL died peacefully on Monday, April 4, 2022, at the Tidewell Foundation Lakewood Ranch Hospice House.
Born on November 18, 1946, in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Robert Arnott Reid and Helen V. Reid of Sun City Center, FL. She was predeceased by her two brothers James Reginald Williams of San Francisco, CA, and Robert Aaron Reid of Frederick, MD.
She was predeceased by her husband Michael T. Boyer of Mount Airy, MD (Still considered to be the smartest man in the world by his family).
Surviving, are six children: Mrs. Chris Darby and her husband William of Bradenton, FL, Debbie Johnson and husband Rodney of Hanover, PA, Geoffrey Boyer and wife Susan of Lapeer, MI, Steven Boyer and wife Anna of Clarksburg, MD, Julia McKinnon and husband Reverend Jeff of McMinnville, TN, and Sheryl Laird and husband Thomas of Lowell, MI. Linda also was grandmother to 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Ms. Linda was outgoing, energetic and devoted her life to helping others through public service and bettering the communities she lived and worked in. Some of her greatest professional accomplishments include:
Serving as a two term Mayor for the town of Mount Airy, Maryland (1986–1990). She moved the town from their manual accounting system to a computerized one and she obtained State funding to upgrade the towns sewage treatment plant. The community policing program she developed with the Maryland State Police and a drug education program both received a 1990 Governor’s Public Safety Award.
Executive Director, Carroll County Senior Overland Service, Inc. (Carroll Transit System) (1991–1994) Westminster, MD. She worked to acquire staff, increased the vehicle pool and negotiated cooperative agreements with the County to aid with overhead costs. In 1993 Carroll Transit received an award for the State’s Most Improved Transportation System.
Executive Director, InterAid International (1994-1996) Kansas City, MO. She restructured the nonprofit organization that developed sustainable projects in Africa, Asia and Central America. She raised funds and negotiated banking arrangements in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US. She was successful in getting InterAid International registered as an independent organization in the respective countries in which they were serving.
Director of Development, The Helping Up Mission (1999–2001) Baltimore, MD. The Mission was a nonprofit faith-based organization providing spiritual recovery to men with addictions. She set up a development office, planned and implemented a capital campaign, established a grants program and planned giving program that resulted in increased donations. The organization later contracted with Catholic Charities and provided overnight shelter for homeless men and women.
Ms. Linda enjoyed living in Bradenton. She had visited countless times over the past 45 years and had wonderful memories visiting here with her grandmother, her parents and her brother. Though she had only resided in Bradenton a year she knew how to embrace life, so she quickly made many wonderful friends (who can’t stop telling us “She is such a good person!”), was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and was active with the HOA Board at her condo complex.
Ms. Linda was amazing and extremely talented, an accomplished seamstress, candy maker, wedding cake designer and decorator, flower arranger, gardener, painter, interior decorator, and caterer. She put a bit of sparkle in everything she created. She will be missed.
Ms. Linda will be laid to rest with her parents and younger brother on Thursday, May 12 at 11:00 am at Ruskin Memorial Park in Ruskin, FL. The graveside service will be streamed for family and friends. Please click the link provided at the appropriate time and you will be directed to Linda’s service.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in honor of Ms. Linda R. Boyer be made to Tidewell Foundation, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Tidewellfoundation.org