Brenda Concepcion Boyd departed Earth on Saturday, October 21, 2023 to be with the Lord. The family will hold a private graveside service for Brenda’s interment. She was born in Siuna, Nicaragua on March 24, 1951. Brenda came to the United States with her parents as a teenager, and she was blessed to have profound memories of both countries. Brenda attended middle and high schools in Waco, Texas and graduated from La Vega high school of the Waco Independent School District. Brenda continued her education beyond high school at Baylor University where she earned her bachelor’s degree Brenda continued her education through the post-graduate level and graduated from Stephen F. Austin.
Brenda moved to El Paso, TX after she completed her graduate studies and began her teaching career. Brenda taught Spanish at the elementary and middle school levels and was particularly fond of teaching middle school students. In El Paso, Brenda married her husband, Phillip Boyd, and soon afterwards, moved to Germany with her husband and remained there for five years. Brenda returned to the United States after five years and restarted her teaching career. Brenda originated a Spanish spelling bee for her campus to promote Spanish acquisition for native speakers. The popularity of her campus program became such a success that Brenda was tasked to create and become the coordinator for her program for all the elementary and middle schools in the Ysleta Independent School District. Brenda was named teacher-of-the-year for her campus and the district and was selected as a district finalist to compete for Texas’ Teacher-of-the-year honors.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jose A.S. Rocha; mother, Paulina Rocha; and brother, Arsenio Rocha.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Phillip Boyd; children, Phillip Boyd, Jr. and wife, Simone and Tracye Boyd; grandchildren, Emerson Boyd and Zora Boyd; siblings, Jose Rocha, Jr. and Sinai Wood; and numerous cousins, in-laws, friends and faith-based family members.