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Sr Mary Myles Boyd
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Birth: Feb. 19, 1927
Lackawanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1971
Broome County
New York, USA

2 Marywood College Nuns Die Following Crash on Route 81

Two Marywood College nuns, one of them a native of North Scranton, were killed in an automobile crash on Interstate Route 81 in Susquehanna County Monday night at 8:35.

The victims were:
Sister Mary Myles Boyd, IHM, 44, formerly of North Scranton, who was attending summer session at Marywood College.

Sister M. Carl Wahl, IHM, 47, formerly of Binghamton, assistant registrar at Marywood.

The victims were novitiate classmates at Marywood, entering the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation September 8, 1945, and professing final vows on May 8, 1948.

Both died shortly after arrival at Binghamton General Hospital, where they were taken in the Superior ambulance of Binghamton. The ambulance crew was returning after having taken a patient to Scranton State General Hospital, and was traveling about a half mile behind the nuns' auto when the crash occurred.

State Trooper William Kute of the interstate detail at Gibson substation said the nuns were traveling north and are believed to have been en route to Binghamton to visit Sister Carl's family there.

Trooper Kute said their car went out of control at a point two miles south of the New Milford exit. After traveling along the right berm, the car crossed the northbound traffic lanes and plunged into a medial strip where it rolled over several times.

The victims were thrown out and were found unconscious about 60 feet from where the vehicle, which landed on its roof.

Moments later the Superior ambulance crew, who had noticed a cloud of dust as the accident occurred, arrived at the scene and after administering emergency treatment removed the nuns to Binghamton General Hospital. The ambulance crew reported that both apparently suffered massive internal and other inward injuries. Sister Carl was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m. and Sister Mary Myles shortly afterward.

The exact cause of death was not determined pending autopsies at the hospital today.

State polices said they were unable to determine who was driving because neither of the victims could be interviewed before they died. The wrecked car, police said, is to be examined today in an attempt to learn the cause of the accident.

Sister Mary Myles was a daughter of the late Myles Boyd and Nora Doyle Boyd. She was a 1945 graduate of Holy Rosary High School; entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation the same year, and professed her final vows three years later. She was a graduate of Marywood College.

Sister Mary Myles taught elementary school subjects and music at St. Michael's School for Boys, Hoban Heights; St. John's Susquehanna and at schools in Danville, Providence, RI and Bellefonte.

For the past eight years she was assigned to St. Edward's Convent, Twin Falls, Idaho. The IHM Congregation recently closed schools in that section and Sister Mary Myles was reassigned to Forest Hills, NY, where she was to begin new duties in September.

Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. William Burns, Mrs. James Saltry and Mrs. Robert Keegan, all of Scranton, and Mrs. Glenn Smith, Newark, NJ; two brothers, Joseph Boyd, Miami, FL, and Myles Boyd, Scranton.

Sister Carl was a native of Johnson City, NY, and was assistant registrar at Marywood College since August, 1950.

She received a bachelor of arts degree from Marywood College and a master of arts in business education from New York University.

Before her assignment to the administrative staff at Marywood she taught at Nativity School, Scranton; St. Rose, Carbondale; St. Leo's, Ashley; St. Patrick's, Olyphant; and in Washington, NC, and Manhasset, NY.

She was a member of Delta Pi Epsilon business fraternity and was a freshman counselor and a member of the committee for student affairs at Marywood.


A double funeral will be conducted from the Marian Convent at Marywood College Thursday with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Heart Novitiate Chapel at Marywood. Burial, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Viewing, all day Wednesday at the Marian Convent.

(quoted from newspaper article on crash)

Memorial contributions may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pa. 18509.

Family links: 
  Myles Aloyius Boyd (1880 - 1938)
  Nora Marie Doyle Boyd (1883 - 1957)
  Anna Boyd Peuser (1906 - 1926)*
  John Boyd (1910 - 1910)*
  Baby Girl Boyd (1911 - 1911)*
  Joseph Martin Boyd (1914 - 1986)*
  Catherine Boyd Saltry (1917 - 2011)*
  Doris Marie Boyd Keegan (1920 - 2006)*
  Myles Jerome Boyd (1923 - 2007)*
  Mary Myles Boyd (1927 - 1971)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Catherine's Cemetery
Lackawanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: IHM Sisters Section; Block I; Lot 17
Created by: Fran Fasolka, IHM
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
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Sr Mary Myles Boyd
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- Lance
 Added: Oct. 13, 2012
Aunt Mary you were beloved.
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