Remembering Mrs. Lucille Inman Boyd During Women's History Month
SAN ANTONIO – (March 5, 2020) During Women’s History Month, it is important to highlight not only those women who are actively making an impact locally and nationally, but also those who paved the way for others. Once such woman was Lucille Inman Boyd.
Boyd was born in April 3, 1906 in San Antonio. She was the proud daughter of Charles and Josephine Inman.
She attended San Antonio public schools and earned her bachelor’s degree from Wiley College in 1928, a master’s degree from the University of California in 1939, another master’s degree from Incarnate Word College in 1958 along with further education at Trinity University in 1960.
Boyd served as an educator within the San Antonio Independent School District and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association for 41 years.
She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church; founding member and past basileus (president) of the Alpha Pi Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; founding member and past illustrious commandress (president) of Moussa Court No. 119 (Daughters of the Imperial Court), member of Lydia Chapter No. 7 (Order of the Eastern Star); Amaranth Court No. 58 (Heroines of Jericho); Lone Star Assembly No. 19 (Order of the Golden Circle); Alamo Temple No. 871 (Elks); Bowden Chapter of Business and Professional Women’s Club; and the Goodwill Neighborhood Club.
In December 1944, she married Frank Boyd, a past potentate of Moussa Temple No. 106 (Prince Hall Shriners) and a retired Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad worker who served as the president of the Retired Railroad Men’s Club.
In 1972, Boyd was elected the imperial commandress (national president) of the Daughters of the Imperial Court during the annual Imperial Council and Imperial Court Sessions of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
During her 2-year term, Boyd held her national office at the Beacon Light Hall located at 220 Chestnut Street, now the headquarters of San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE).
At that time, the Imperial Court consisted of 8,100 women, comprising 158 Courts in all 50 states, and also one Court in Frankfurt, Germany. Boyd also opened Courts in Nassau, the Bahamas, and in Japan.
After her term in office, Boyd served as the imperial directress, Mental Retardation Project for the Daughters of the Imperial Court.
She passed away in August 1992. Her graveside service was performed by Lydia Chapter No. 7 at Meadowlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum with arrangements provided by Lewis Funeral Home.