Grace Malphrus Boyles, 95, of Ridgeland, SC passed away on December 5, 2021. She was born on April 18, 1926, in the home of her grandmother on Grays Highway to the late Lawton and Gladys Malphrus. She was married to the late Sidney N. Boyles of Ridgeland, SC.
Ms. Grace, as she was affectionately known throughout the community, was a lifelong, faithful member of the Great Swamp Baptist Church. As a teen she worked in the local feed store in town. Her only transportation was to walk to work three miles from her home. Later after she was married, she owned and operated G & G Fabrics in Ridgeland for over 20 years. She was well known in the community for her outstanding seamstress work and great advice to her customers on how to sew, knit, crochet, quilt, beadwork, and paint. Upon retirement she decided upon a second career and worked 18 years for the Senior Citizens Center and loved every minute of her employment there. Then in her late 80’s she helped her daughter run Fiddlers Seafood Restaurant until her 90’s working long hours each day and mentoring the young employees. Ms. Grace’s work ethic was top notch.
Ms. Grace enjoyed doing genealogy and helped compile information for a very useful book on the Malphrus genealogy. She also had quite the green thumb and could grow beautiful flowers and vegetable gardens. Even though Ms. Grace never used a computer in her life or social media she kept up with her friends through phone calls or old-fashioned letter writing.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Mark Boyles Sr. (Debra), Scott Boyles, Donna Rowell (Billy); five grandchildren: Mark Boyles Jr. (Stacey), Meredith Wall, Joey Rowell (Ashley), T’Lene Drzymalski, Jordan Rowell; thirteen great grandchildren: Mark Boyles III, Gabrielle Boyles, Ethan Boyles, Braxton Boyles, Hudson Boyles, Lawton Boyles, Carson Boyles, Isabella Wall, Aubrey Rowell, Abigail Rowell, Jackson Rowell, Marshall Drzymalski, Sidney Grace Drzymalski; and one great great granddaughter, Paisley Rae Boyles.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Great Swamp Baptist Church, 9009 Tarboro Road, Ridgeland, SC 29936. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 am until the hour of the service at the church. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Step of Faith Christian Academy Music Department, PO Box 1449, Ridgeland, SC 29936 or Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, PO Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648 in her honor.
The family would like to thank the Ridgeland Nursing Center, GHC Hospice, Integrity Home Health, Gail Robinson, and Holly Dubose for their help caring for our mother.
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