Carole Brady Boynton, 66, of Roxborough, a writer and editor for weekly community newspapers in the area, died yesterday at home of complications from kidney disease.
A native of Manhattan, Mrs. Boynton earned an associate degree from Becker Junior College in Worcester, Mass., and afterward was a copywriter for J. Walter Thompson, an advertising firm in New York.
In the early 1960s, she met her future husband, Frank E. Boynton, at a wedding in Massachusetts. They courted while he was in the Peace Corps in Africa, and she went on a photographic safari with him. They married in 1968. The couple settled in Philadelphia, where he worked as an elementary school teacher for the Philadelphia School District, and she stayed home to raise their son.
She joined the workforce in 1983, writing obituaries for the Roxborough Review. She eventually became an associate editor of the Review, and wrote news articles and had a column. She won several journalism awards, including a first-place Keystone Press Award in 1988 for a story about the Roxborough incinerator.
She left journalism in 1992 to work as a constituent-services representative for Councilman Michael Nutter. The following year, she returned to the Review.
Mrs. Boynton left the Review in 1997 for the Conshohocken Recorder, and left the Recorder in 2004. She was interim editor of the Chestnut Hill Local from November 2005 to March 2006.
She was the author of Andorra: Diary of a Community, a 283-page book commissioned by the Andorra Homes Civic Association to commemorate the neighborhood's 50th anniversary in 2000.
She enjoyed cats, cooking Chinese, and sewing for her grandchildren, her family said. She made her husband's ties.
Mrs. Boynton's brother Thomas J. Brady, an Inquirer reporter, said she struggled with heart disease most of her adult life and had been on kidney dialysis in recent years. She sometimes wrote about her illness, her brother said, including her experience being brought back from death while on the operating table.
In addition to her brother, Mrs. Boynton is survived by a son, Frank J.; another brother, David B. Brady; and two grandchildren. Her husband died last year.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Ave., Roxborough. Friends may call beginning at 1 p.m.
Contact staff writer Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or