Born in 1924, she was a lifelong resident of Racine where her family established SC Johnson. She was a young teenager in the late 1930s, when her father, H.F. Johnson Jr., commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the company’s world-famous Administration Building and a home, Wingspread, in which her family lived. Later, as a young married woman with four children, she commissioned her own home designed by Wright. It was completed in 1954. She lived in this residence in Racine throughout her life.
By the time she reached high school, Mrs. Boyd was taking art history and studio art classes. She was particularly influenced by her maternal grandfather, Olaf Brauner, a post-Impressionist painter and head of the Art Department at Cornell University. Mrs. Boyd studied at Bennington College in Vermont.