Connie Tucker Boyd died at her home In Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Connie Tucker Boyd died at her home In Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., on Friday, March 21, 2014.

She leaves her husband, Dale Boyd, two brothers, Ray Tucker of Little Rock and Alan Tucker of Birmingham, Ala.; two step-children, Matthew Boyd and his wife Oksana and Kali Hill and her husband, Tyler; as well as her mother and father- in-law Beverly and Everett Boyd and Joan and John Watkins, who were loyal and devoted friends.

She also leaves behind her beloved rescue dog, Bella, who gave her much comfort and joy.

 Her parents, O.R. and Vivian Tucker, preceded Connie in death. 

Connie was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Helena. She graduated with honors from Central High School in Helena in 1965 and then attended the University of Central Arkansas from which she also graduated with honors in

She was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and served as its president. It was there that she made many lifelong friends, all of whom feel extremely enriched by having known her. It is also there that she was given the nickname, which she carried through her life, "Little Connie." Connie also obtained an MBA from the University of Tulsa. Before her retirement, Connie was a college professor and an English teacher, occupations for which she was very well suited. Through her skill, enthusiasm, and love of learning, she was able to touch many lives and influence many young people. 

Connie faced her illness with courage and hope, knowing death was the end but always
glad to awaken each morning, and always hoping for one more day, a day in which she could read, enjoy the sunshine and flowers, and spend time with Dale and Bella. In talking about her battle with cancer, she once quoted the lines from Emily Dickinson: "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul." Her literary soul could always draw strength from poetry and books. 

Connie loved life and took pleasure from the simple things - reading a good mystery, attending estate sales and scavenging with her keen eye for the unusual object of value, and, of course, enjoying the views in her North Carolina home. But her biggest pleasure came from her garden as she planted colorful and fragrant flowers. She loved her azaleas, all kinds of orange flowers, any plant that attracted butterflies, and the smell of gardenias.

Connie was full of intellectual curiosity and never stopped learning about plants, history and life in general. She relished a good conversation. Her intelligence, wit, and ability to withhold judgment were the hallmarks of her life and personality.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Connie Tucker Boyd's life at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 1000 N Mississippi Ave at Little Rock. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to STOMP the Monster N.C. P.O. Box 132, Cary, NC 27518-0132