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Emma "Aunt Pete" Marshall Boyce
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1928
Saint Stephen
Berkeley County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 2010
Florence County
South Carolina, USA

Wife of Hazel Ethredge Boyce, daughter of the late William Bryant and Audrey Mae Winter Marshall. She was owner and director of Wee Care Nursery in Manning since 1969, and was a member of Manning Second Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband of Manning are three daughters, Linda Griffin of Florence, Nancy Elliott of Manning, and Ann Hutto of Orangeburg; a son, Bryant Boyce of Manning; a sister, Frances Rodgers of Sumter; eight grandchildren, Tripp Griffin, Rob Elliott (Dixie), Greg Elliott, Dr. Suzann Weathers (Robbie), Ashley Wolfe (Brandon), David Hutto Jr., Ansley Boyce, and Blake Boyce; and seven great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ben Osborne, Nate Lyles, Kevin Ross, Landon Morris, Eddie Keels, Bill Boyce, and Larry Rodgers.

This article from The Clarendon Citizen:

Article | June 16, 2010 | By Konstantin Vengerowsky

Emma Marshall "Aunt Pete" Boyce

"There was a lot of comfort in the fact that you could leave your children with her and know that they were in good hands," said Brenda Keels, who had two kids who were raised by "Aunt Pete."

On Monday, June 7, 2010, Emma Marshall "Aunt Pete" Boyce, 82, wife of Hazel Ethredge Boyce, died at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.

Mrs. Boyce was born on March 12, 1928, in St. Stephen, S.C. She moved to Manning in 1969 and became a member of the Manning Second Baptist Church. That same year she started up Wee Care Nursery, which she ran out of her own house, and became known as "Aunt Pete" to many of the children in this community. Boyce ran the nursery for almost 40 years.

"She was a good neighbor, hard working and probably raised half of the children, who are now adults, in Clarendon County," said Gloria Eanes, Boyce's neighbor from across the street.

Eanes said that she also was an excellent housekeeper and that nothing was ever out of place even though she may have had up to 25 children in her yard. "She really loved kids," Eanes said.

Elaine Buddin's daughter, nieces and nephews all attended the Wee Care Nursery.

"Aunt Pete was so dedicated to her job and she was very unselfish," Buddin said. "She would even keep the children over the weekends sometimes. She always kept them entertained."

Hulaine Windham had two children, who attended "Aunt Pete's" nursery from age three up to 12-years-old.

"They had so much fun over there that they would have rather stayed there than come home," Windham said.

Windham said that during the summers Mrs. Boyce would take the children on different field trips, and to her lake house. She would let the kids swim and fish off her pier.

"Aunt Pete would always say ‘if they came home dirty they had fun,'" Windham said.

She said that her children loved Aunt Pete so much that they would come and visit her even after they got older.

"They never wanted to leave," she said.

Kevin Ross, who is now 46, attended Mrs. Boyce's nursery from the time he was six. He became best friends with her son, Bryant Boyce, who was the same age.

"I knew her for roughly 40 years," Ross said. "She was generous, loved people, and had a lot of faith. She was a good servant of the Lord."

Ross's two kids, who are now 23 and 17, also attended "Aunt Pete's" nursery.

"She helped a lot of people," he said. "She never told anybody no."

Ross gave a speech reflecting on his memories of Mrs. Boyce at her funeral. The service was held on Thursday, June 10, at 11 a.m., at Manning First Baptist Church, to accommodate the large crowd. Mrs. Boyce was buried at Clarendon Memorial Gardens in Manning. 
Family links: 
  William Bryant Marshall (1898 - 1972)
  Audrey Winter Marshall (1902 - 1965)
  Hazel Ethridge Boyce (1921 - 2012)*
  Hazel Bryant Boyce (1964 - 2014)*
  Donnie Doretta Marshall (1924 - 1942)*
  Frances Marshall Rodgers (1925 - 2014)*
  Emma Marshall Boyce (1928 - 2010)
*Calculated relationship
Clarendon Memorial Gardens
Clarendon County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Deborah Baker Metzger
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
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Emma Aunt Pete <i>Marshall</i> Boyce
Added by: Deborah Baker Metzger
Emma Aunt Pete <i>Marshall</i> Boyce
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