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Ellen Boyce

June 30, 1920 — November 25, 2015

Ellen I. "Trixie" Boyce, 95, of Scottdale, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Harmon House Care Center. Trixie was born June 30, 1920 in Bigler, Clearfield County a daughter of the late Edward and Esther (Murr) Kyler.

She was a graduate of Clearfield High School and had formerly been employed as a pharmacy clerk for 10 years at the Scottdale Pharmacy when it was owned by Pat Torin. Trixie was a member of the Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Scottdale where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and had also belonged to the Scottdale Choral Society. She and her late husband, Donald D. Boyce where owners and operators of the "Land of Little People" a woodcraft business, which handcrafted and handpainted wooden gnomes of various sizes. Trixie and Don visited numerous craft shows where they shared their story of creating the special characters. In addition, the couple traveled to England and Ireland, a 50th anniversary gift from their sons. She also had a real talent for baking and decorating wonderful Christmas cookies, especially her date pinwheel specials.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald D. Boyce and a brother William E. Kyler, US Army Infantry officer (8ID) killed in action during WWII.

She is survived by three sons, William T. Boyce (Helen); Donald E. Boyce and James Timothy Boyce (Phyllis); four grandchildren, Candace Boyce (Pete Eisenhauer); Tad, Paul and Andrew Boyce and two great-granddaughters Mira and Willa Eisenhauer.

Trixie's family also wishes to acknowledge Jacobs Creek Faith In Action and the countless volunteers whose assistance allowed their mother to live independently with dignity. Special recognition goes to Conrad and Sadie Sandusky who faithfully tended to Trixie and became adopted family to her.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, INC. 303 Pittsburgh St. Scottdale, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 pm with Rev. Audrey Bell officiating. Private burial will take place in Crown Crest Memorial Park, Clearfield County. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jacobs Creek Faith in Action 508 S. Church St, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666. To share a message of condolence, please visit

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