Joy 'Mama Joy' Doyle

Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Joy "Mama Joy" Doyle died Sunday Nov. 8, 2009, at her home. She was 69.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday Nov. 12, at the Soldotna Church of God. Longtime friend Steve Dexheimer will officiate. A gathering will immediately follow the services.

Mrs. Doyle was born Nov. 23, 1939, to Embra and Leola Forsythe, of Cleburne Texas. She was the youngest of four children. Mrs. Doyle and her family moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1965 and made it their home for 44 years.

"She worked many years in the community as a substance abuse counselor and touched many lives along the way. She was a friend and mentor to many men and women in the recovery community," her family said. "She always made time to listen and offered her love and solutions to all. She was grateful for all she experienced and taught many to do the same with her wisdom and amazing grace. This is a gift we can all remember when our journey in life seems to difficult. God surely has a special angel with him now. Joy loved spending time with her family, especially on the holidays when everyone was together. She also loved collecting Angels of all kinds and spending time in her home watching old movies and enjoying her fireplace. She always loved shopping at Wal Mart. She truly lived for her family and friends. Mama Joy will be missed dearly by all of her family and the lives she has touched in the community."

Mrs. Doyle was preceded in death by her parents; and sons, Allen and Grady Driver.

She is survived by daughters, Debbie Haberthur and her husband, Donald, and Denice Tourtellot and her husband, David; granddaughters, Hailey and Holli Driver, Amanda Coates and her husband, David, and Angela Hunt and her husband, Tyler; grandsons, Dalton and Drake Driver; great-grandchildren, Courtney and Emery Coates, Bradley and Haylee Hunt; sister, Eula Faye Dukes and her family of Missouri, Evalene Howell and her husband, Wayne, and their family of Glen Rose, Texas; brother, Leonard Forsythe and his wife, Louise, and their family of Borger, Texas; and extended family members, Jerry and Patsy Haberthur, Jerry and Lisa Haberthur, Barb McMahill, David and Laura Sena.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to The Soldotna Church of God.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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