Jeanne M. Doyle | 1919 - 2014 | Obituary

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Jeanne M. Doyle

Born: May 13, 1919
Died: April 10, 2014

Jeanne M. Doyle, 94, of Beverly, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 10, surrounded by her loving family. She is remembered for her sparkle and her zest for life. Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1919, she was the youngest child of Edward I. Matthews and Mary Degnan Matthews. She graduated from Drexel University in 1941 and taught home economics in the Philadelphia area. In 1943 she married James F. Doyle who was a captain in the U.S. Army and a lifelong employee of Thomas Cook and Son Travel. They were devoted parents to their daughter, Mary Jeanne.

 Jeanne enjoyed a very active life, playing golf and taking long walks into her 90s. She loved the sunshine in Naples, FL where she spent the winter for over 35 years. Her spirit and resilience were an inspiration to all who knew her. Her life was as rich as the chocolates that always made her smile.

Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Mary Jeanne O’Connor, and her husband, William, of Marblehead. She was the cherished Grammy of Courtney O’Connor of Somerville and Meghan O’Connor Pry and her husband, Matthew, of San Francisco, CA. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Jeanne was predeceased by her beloved husband of 43 years, and her dear brothers and sisters, Jack, Mary, Eddie, and Helen Matthews.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday April 12 at 11am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. A private family interment will be held at the Bourne National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or a charity of your choice. For additional information or an online guest book please call 781-631-8885 or visit

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