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Mary Connolly Doyle

February 25, 1945 ~ July 21, 2018 (age 73)

Mary Connolly Doyle, 73, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at home.

The daughter of Robert E. and Elizabeth L. (Lappan) Connolly, was born in Alpena on February 25, 1945. Mary is survived by her husband, Jere Doyle; her sons, Robert (Laura) and Reed (Jane); grandchildren, Charlotte, Jason, Ella of Vermont; her siblings, all in the Alpena area, Patricia (Michael) Yantomasi, Michael (Marcia) Connolly, E.J. (Ann) Connolly; her aunt, Sally Lappan; many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Catherine Hug and Caroline Biscorner.

Prior to graduation from Marine City High School, she worked as a model for The J.L. Hudson Company. However, due to her young age, she could only be paid in merchandise from Hudson’s, which delighted Mary. She attended Ferris State before moving to New York City, where she was a VIP Guide at the World’s Fair. Returning to Michigan, she worked as an account representative at Henry Ford Hospital.

On November 18, 1967, she married her husband, Jere of 50 years. Following his career which took them to Gaylord, MI, Naperville, IL, and the Detroit area, Mary always worked full time in retail sales and management. 

Mary was very creative. She had a passion for decorating, the arts, and, of course, shopping. Mary had a knack for saying what others were thinking. She loved to bring joy to friends & family with her thoughtful gifts and sense of humor.

Her biggest joy in life, however, was raising her sons and spending time with her grandchildren. Summers in Michigan and Vermont with her sons, and later with her grandchildren, Charlotte, Jason and Ella, were annual highlights throughout the year.

Memorial visitation will take place at the Bannan Funeral Home on Thursday, July 26 from 4-7 p.m. Memorial visitation will continue Friday, July 27, at St. Anne Church of All Saints Parish from 2:30 until the time of the memorial service at 3 p.m. with Rev. Scott Lawler officiating, followed by a celebration of Mary’s life. 

Inurnment: Holy Cross Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Friends Together, 105 Prentiss Street, Alpena, MI 49707.

Donations may be made to:

Friends Together
105 Prentiss Street, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-356-3231
Web: http://friendstogethermi.org/