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Alice L. (Dorick) Doyle

February 6, 1924 - September 7, 2018

MUNCIE- Alice L. (Dorick) Doyle peacefully ended her 94 wonderfully active years of life on September 7, 2018 in Muncie, Indiana.
“Allie” was born on February 6, 1924, the middle of three daughters, to Austrian immigrants, William and Olive (Anselm) Dorick of Highland Park, Illinois. She excelled in academics,…READ MORE

MUNCIE- Alice L. (Dorick) Doyle peacefully ended her 94 wonderfully active years of life on September 7, 2018 in Muncie, Indiana.
“Allie” was born on February 6, 1924, the middle of three daughters, to Austrian immigrants, William and Olive (Anselm) Dorick of Highland Park, Illinois. She excelled in academics, piano and art at Highland Park High School, winning a scholarship to Knox College in Galesburg from which she graduated in 1945 summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Knox, she was editor of the yearbook, campus leadership board, member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and an outstanding athlete in archery and field hockey.
After college, she taught at Monmouth (Ill.) High School, and tutored piano and mathematics. On June 29, 1946 she married her college sweetheart, Lt. James Neil Doyle, after his long medical recuperation from injuries incurred in combat in the European Theater of the Second World War. The couple settled in La Grange, Ill., where Allie gave up a promising academic career to raise three boys. While Jim traveled frequently for business, she always found extra time and energy from her fulltime job as a homemaker to lend a hand in various church, hospital and community undertakings, was a Scout Den Mother and an always present supporter and active booster at her sons’ myriad athletic events. Socially, she loved to play bridge and the couple was a member of the Bib ‘n’ Tucker club.
When Jim became President of Watkins Products, Inc. in Winona, Minn., in 1964, Allie moved their family and transferred her volunteer efforts to her new hometown, becoming active in myriad civic organizations and fundraising efforts. She also accompanied her husband on numerous business trips throughout the world where she served as a learned and engaging hostess.
In 1973, the couple moved to Newark, in upstate New York, when Jim became President of Sarah Coventry International. Again, Allie threw her experience and expertise into her new “adopted” hometown’s various organizations, such as stewardship and fundraising roles at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Newark Garden Club, Travelers Club, and was a kindergarten mentor and pen pal, and volunteered weekly in the gift shop at Newark Community Hospital. When she wasn’t playing golf, bridge or tennis, she was happiest tending to the flowers in her large, lush garden, and various beautification projects around town. During two stints of living in England when Jim taught at Richmond College, Allie relished visiting museums, castles and – a personal favorite – Kew Gardens in London, from which she drew knowledge and inspiration as a Master Gardener.
Known for her encyclopedic knowledge on any and all (!) subjects and boundless energy, she played tennis into her 80s, routinely besting opponents half her age, and enjoyed the company of a close group of couples who had bonded over four decades. She was always first in line to play board games or “Twister” with the grandchildren. In early 2013, Jim and Allie made their final move to Muncie where they resided at Westminster Village.
She was preceded in death in March 2015 by her husband of nearly seven decades, and is survived by three sons: James N. Doyle, Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.; Stephen D. Doyle (Mary McCarten), of Minnetonka Beach, Minn.; and Michael Wm. Doyle (Eleanor Johnson), of Muncie, Indiana; five grandchildren: Keely Doyle (Anthony Wickner), Gwendolyn Doyle Herbert (Ben), Michael Robert Doyle (David Brassard), Megan Doyle, and Robert Doyle (Susie); and three great-grandchildren, Kieran Wickner, Bridget Wickner, and Johnny Doyle.

The family wishes to thank the exceptionally caring staff at Westminster Village for making Allie’s (and Jim’s) final years in the assisted living and skilled nursing facilities so hospitable.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a place and time still to be determined, followed by inurnment at Hope Abbey Mausoleum in Galesburg, Ill. Memorials to the Newark Garden Club may be sent c/o Mary McCarten, 2554 Arcola Ln., Minnetonka Beach, MN 55391-9701.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com

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