Lorena Janet Boyd Beecroft


Lorena Janet Boyd Beecroft, 91, of Payson, Ariz., died July 24, 2003. She was born April 27, 1912 in Wheeling, Ohio County, W. Va., daughter of the late Robert Mair Boyd and Celestine Stella Lizon Boyd.

Her grandfather immigrated to America from Scotland, and her mother, from Liege, Belgium.

She began her career as a telephone operator with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company in Elm Grove, and later in Woodsdale, W. Va., before moving to Phoenix, in 1955.

Mrs. Beecroft and her late husband have had a summer home in Thompson Draw II, Payson, since 1957.

She retired from Mountain States Telephone Company in Phoenix in 1968, after 37 years of service.

Mrs. Beecroft was a member of The Telephone Pioneers of America, and the Telephone Retirees Association of Arizona.

She is survived by one son, Floyd Dale (June) Beecroft of Payson; two grandsons, Allen Dale (Marcie) Beecroft of Phoenix, and David Robert (Karen) Beecroft of Chandler, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Danial and Kelli Beecroft of Chandler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Edmund Beecroft, in 1992; her sister, Marcella Boyd Teufel; brother, Robert James Boyd; and one stepsister, Katheryn Ann Larimer Flinn.

Visitation was held July 28 at Hansen Chapel in Phoenix, with interment at Phoenix Memorial Park.

Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541.

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