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Obituary: Teda Kathleen Smith Boyll (Oct. 14, 1949 – Aug. 3, 2014)

Teda Kathleen Smith Boyll was born Oct. 14, 1949, in Fresno, to Jeanon Marie Smith and Ted Gene Smith. She was later joined by her brothers Steven Wayne Smith and Daniel Robert Smith. Teda was also known as Kathy to her family and some friends so as not to confuse her name with her father’s while growing up. Teda died on Aug. 3, 2014, after a struggle with lymphoma and metastatic skin cancer. 

Although born in the California Central Valley, Teda was raised in Southern California and had dreamed about moving to Northern California since she was a teenager. In 1989 Teda moved to Crescent City when she transferred to Pelican Bay State Prison as a correctional officer, and  she retired in 2001 as a correctional lieutenant, remarking that Corrections was “the best fun I ever had.” During her 26-year career, Teda worked at five prisons and a parole region in California.

Teda loved to walk the rivers, forests and beaches of Del Norte with her dogs, work in her yard and garden and was an avid fan of history, reading many books related to anthropology and ancient and modern history. She also traveled frequently in Europe, North America and East Asia.

Teda is survived by her brothers and their families: Daniel and Sandra Smith and their children and spouses, Jedediah and Mary Smith, and Sarah and Paul Smith-Colagiovanni; Steven W. and Cynthia Smith and their children Jarom Smith, Jeanon Smith, Jennifer Smith, Josiah and Beth Smith, Jeffrey Smith and James Smith. Great-nieces and nephews include Cadence Smith, Rex and Rowan Colagiovanni, and Ashland Sanderson and Julia Webster, as well as nonrelated nieces and nephews Cynthia Stephenson, Mark and Terry Ater, and Keith and Kendall Hudson. Teda is also survived by her aunt and uncle Joe and Maxine Odom of New Mexico, cousin Yvonne Duncan and many other aunts, uncles and cousins. Of special note are Teda’s close support and friendship network that included Marcia and Terry Stephenson, Kym and Mark Ater, Jim and Pat Long, Cliff and Sharre Johnson, Brent and Bobby Adams, Laura and Kurt Campoy Heffernon, Kat and Scott Greene, John and Terry Hudson, Bill and Sandy Nyberg and Cheryl Stark. 

Teda was a member of the Saint Joseph Parish family, and occasionally volunteered to prune roses and work in the office.


A private graveside service will be held for Teda and her mother, Jeanon M. Smith, in the near future, as well as mass intentions at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.


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