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Alice Mary (Taplin) Doyle


Thursday, December 07, 2017

Chelsea, Vt. — Alice Mary (Taplin) Doyle, 86, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at her home in Chelsea, Vt.

She was born July 9, 1931, in Barre,Vt, the daughter of Theo and Elizabeth (Durkee) Taplin. She attended school in Chelsea and after graduation married Merlin “Tuffy” Doyle on Oct. 15, 1949. They were married for 64 years. In 1953 Tuffy and Alice purchased a farm, which they worked side by side together for over 40 years. In 1995 their son Jim became owner of the farm.

She was an active member of the Lady Washington Chapter #86 Order of the Eastern Star in Chelsea where she held many offices including Worthy Matron. She was a charter member and many years President of the VFW Auxiliary to the Coburn-Eastman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8451 of Chelsea and then a member of the VFW Auxiliary 792 of Montpelier,Vt. She was also a member of the Barre American Legion, board member of Upper Valley Services, and a representative to the Veterans Administration Volunteer Services. She was a 50 year member of the Auxiliary to the Sons Union Veterans HEK Hall Camp 28 of Chelsea; a member of the Orange County Farm Bureau serving as their Secretary for many years, and a member of the Chelsea Fish & Game Club, often in the past helping with their fishing derby.

She is survived by Teresa Doyle and companion Chris Reed, Sandra Doyle, James Doyle and wife Darleen, Andy Doyle and wife Alice, four grandchildren Shellie, Shannon, April, and Amos and four great-grandsons Ethan, Nicholas, Adam, and Ronan; her sister Beverly and her husband Whit Lewis of Chelsea; a sister-in-law, Julia DeGoosh of Riverton, Vt.; several nieces, nephews and cousins and her many, many friends. She was predeceased by her husband Tuffy, her parents and a grandson, Adam Doyle.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, Dec.11, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home, 300 VT Rte 110, Chelsea, VT 05038.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Dec.12, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea, Vt. with Pastor Tom Harty officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either: First Branch Ambulance Inc., PO Box 74, Chelsea, VT 05038; or the Chelsea Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 264, Chelsea, VT 05038; or the United Church of Chelsea, PO Box 98, Chelsea, VT 05038. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com