In Memory

Sister M. Myles Boyd, IHM

February 19, 1927 – July 12, 1971

Sister M. Myles Boyd, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, July 12, 1971 as a result of an automobile accident at Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton, New York.

She was born February 19, 1927, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of the late Myles and Nora Doyle Boyd. She was a 1945 graduate of Holy Rosary High School in Scranton, PA. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation on September 8, 1945, and made profession of her vows on May 8, 1948. She was a graduate of Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Sister Mary Myles taught elementary school subjects and music at the following schools: St. Thomas Elementary School in Providence, RI, from 1948 to 1951; St. Michael’s School for Boys in Hoban Heights, from 1951 to 1952; St. Joseph Elementary School in Danville, from 1952 to 1955; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Bellefonte, in 1955 and St. John Elementary School in Susquehanna, from 1955 to 1963.

For the past eight years she was assigned to St. Edward School, Twin Falls, Idaho. The IHM Congregation recently closed schools in that section and Sister Mary Myles was reassigned to Forest Hills, NY, where she was to begin new duties in September.

She is preceded in death by a brother, John, and two sisters, Teresa and Anna Peuser.

She is surivived by four sisters, Mrs. Margaret (William) Burns, Mrs. Catherine (James) Saltry and Mrs. Doris Marie (Robert) Keegan, all of Scranton, PA, and Mrs. Agnes (Glenn) Smith, Newark, NJ; two brothers, Joseph Martin Boyd, Miami, FL, and Myles Jerome Boyd, Scranton, PA; nieces and nephews.

A double funeral will be conducted on Thursday, July 15 with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at the IHM Center Chapel at Marywood. Interment will follow the Mass on Thursday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call all day on Wednesday at the Marian Convent.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

“2 Marywood College Nuns Die Following Crash on Route 81

Two Marywood College nuns, one of them a native of North Scranton, were killed in an automobile crash on Interstate Route 81 in Susquehanna County Monday night at 8:35 p.m.

The victims were:
Sister Mary Myles Boyd, IHM, 44, formerly of North Scranton, who was attending summer session at Marywood College.

Sister M. Carl Wahl, IHM, 47, formerly of Binghamton, assistant registrar at Marywood.

The victims were novitiate classmates at Marywood, entering the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation September 8, 1945, and professing final vows on May 8, 1948.

Both died shortly after arrival at Binghamton General Hospital, where they were taken in the Superior ambulance of Binghamton. The ambulance crew was returning after having taken a patient to Scranton State General Hospital, and was traveling about a half mile behind the nuns’ auto when the crash occurred.

State Trooper William Kute of the interstate detail at Gibson substation said the nuns were traveling north and are believed to have been en route to Binghamton to visit Sister Carl’s family there.

Trooper Kute said their car went out of control at a point two miles south of the New Milford exit. After traveling along the right berm, the car crossed the northbound traffic lanes and plunged into a medial strip where it rolled over several times.

The victims were thrown out and were found unconscious about 60 feet from the vehicle, which landed on its roof.

Moments later the Superior ambulance crew, who had noticed a cloud of dust as the accident occurred, arrived at the scene and after administering emergency treatment removed the nuns to Binghamton General Hospital. The ambulance crew reported that both apparently suffered massive internal and other inward injuries. Sister Carl was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m. and Sister Mary Myles shortly afterward.

The exact cause of death was not determined pending autopsies at the hospital today.

State polices said they were unable to determine who was driving because neither of the victims could be interviewed before they died. The wrecked car, police said, is to be examined today in an attempt to learn the cause of the accident.

A double funeral will be conducted from the Marian Convent at Marywood College Thursday with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Heart Novitiate Chapel at Marywood. Burial, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Viewing, all day Wednesday at the Marian Convent.”

(copied from a Scranton Times newspaper article on crash published a few days after the auto accident)

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