PURDYS N.Y. - Regina Marie (Jean) Doyle of Purdys died July 13. She was 86.
Doyle was born Sept. 25, 1927, in the Bronx, to Margaret (McCarthy) and Thomas J. Fox. She graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1944 from St. Mary's (now Kennedy Catholic) High School in Katonah and with the assistance of a full scholarship went on to Good Counsel College (now Pace University) in White Plains. She was married to James J. Doyle. She worked part time for the Patent Trader and reported on the happenings of the Democratic Party of North Salem.
She was also a longtime member of the Croton Falls Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and served as president for several years. She was employed by the James River Corporation and then the American Can Company as an executive secretary. She was employed by The Council on Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, with whom she traveled to Nicaragua on a mission trip. She continued teaching religious education at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Croton Falls until her retirement in 2007.
Doyle is survived by her children, James M. Doyle of Mahopac, Jean Marie Doyle of Stony Point, Margaret Roscoe (Dana) of Middleburg, Fla., Philip Doyle (Anne) of Norwich, Conn., Stephen Doyle (Nancy) of Wappingers, Terrence Doyle of Carmel, Kevin Doyle (Laura) of Stormville, Timothy Doyle (Joan) of Hopewell Junction and Patricia Doyle of South Royalton, Vt.; 35 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Thomas and Robert, daughter Agnes Doyle Burke; and grandson, Jake Doyle,
Calling hours are Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18 at St. Joseph's Church, Somers. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Croton Falls.
In lieu of cut flowers, Doyle would prefer that you send or bring live flowers and plants such as perennials and shrubs as a reflection of her faith in Eternal Life.