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Carol Lee Boyles

11/09/1934 - 05/20/2020
Service Date: 05/29/2020
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 East University, Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85213
Interment: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona

Carol Lee Boyles passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in her Mesa, Arizona home at the age of 85.  She was born on November 9, 1934 to Hunter and Edith Smith in Bellaire, Ohio. She was the youngest of four girls, Dorothy, Dee, and Shirley Smith.  She lived in Bellaire all of her childhood and was a cheerleader at Bellaire High School where she graduated in 1952. 

She met her husband, John “Ed” Boyles at a New Year’s Eve Party in 1955.  The two wed in Akron, Ohio on August 27, 1956.  They moved to Washington state for a brief period of time, but ultimately settled in Arizona, moving to Safford in 1957.  There they bought a house and had three children.  Mark Boyles was born February 1958, Kathy Hunter was born November of 1959, and Mary Jayne Schafer was born October of 1962.  They bought land in Mesa, AZ in 1975 and built their custom made home on it.  Carol and her husband raised their family and made memories there until Carol’s passing. 

Carol was a stay at home wife, raising her three children as well as helping raise her five grandchildren.  She loved going to breakfast with her girlfriends and participating in her weekly bowling league.  Her guilty pleasures included her soap operas and any type of chocolate.  She lived her life to the fullest and was cherished by many.  She was strong willed and spunky, keeping everyone in her family on their toes.  She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and grandson, Ryan Schafer. She leaves behind her husband, Ed Boyles, and children Mark Boyles, Kathy Hunter, and Mary Jayne Schafer (Rick). Her grandchildren include Sabrina Baker (Brandon), Autumn Sobol (Mark), Thomas Boyles, and Stephanie Boyles.  Her great grandchildren include Auston, Kaley, and Ariana Baker, and Jillian and Ryleigh Sobol. She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bunker Family University Chapel and she will be laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there are cemetery restrictions and no graveside service will occur and the funeral home is following social distancing parameters and limiting attendance to no more than 50 people at a time.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers tribute donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://alz.org/get-involved-now/other_ways_to_give/tributes).



  • She won my heart the first time I met her! GOD bless you and your family…

  • Christina Guerin

    Sending love & light to the family.
    I have so many great and funny memories of Nana. She will be missed so very much!
    Love, Chrissi

  • Mark and Rachel Kyrimis

    Condolences to all of the family. Mrs Boyle’s was a wonderful women. I remember how kind she was when MaryJayne and Rick were married.
    Mark and Rachel Kyrimis

  • Barbara Crawford

    To Kathy, Mary Jane & Mark: May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. Carol’s Sister-in-law.

  • My condolences on your loss. I know the happy memories give you peace and comfort.

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