Rita Boyce, age 94, of Grand Rapids, MI went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Boyce (1987), son Mark Boyce (2013) and sister Evelyn Dempsey (1983). Rita will be lovingly remembered by her children, Nancy Wilson (Larry), Richard Boyce (Iris), Laurie Boy (Daniel), Steven Boyce, Robert Boyce (Marlis); grandchildren, Kimberly Wagner, Scott Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Andrew Boyce, Benjamin Boyce, Whitney Ostrowski, Brian Boyce, Michael Boy, Bradley Boy, Kevin Boyce and Kelley Boyce; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Rita was born and raised in Grand Rapids. She was a lifetime devout Catholic, attending parochial school and Mount Mercy Academy. At Grand Rapids Junior College, Rita met Cliff Boyce, the love of her life. Rita continued her education at Michigan State University. Upon Cliff’s return home from WWII, they were married, and after Rita’s short stint as a teacher, quickly started a family. Rita was active in many organizations, and always had a special focus on children’s education. She was an enthusiastic cook and entertainer, but focused most of her time on her children’s well-being. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed an active social life well into her golden years. Our matriarch will be missed by her large, extended family, who will greet friends and relatives on Friday, February 7 from 5-7 PM at O’Brien Eggebeen Gerst Chapel, 3280 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 8 at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1429 Wilcox Park Drive SE, Grand Rapids, Rev. James Chelich presiding. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s name to a charity of one’s choice.