Mary Margaret McCorkle Doyle passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Fairfield, Calif. She was 85.
Mary Margaret was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Akron, Ohio to Bessie Mae Jones and Dr. Walker E. McCorkle.
She is survived by her two sons, Donald and his wife Tracy of Fairfield, Calif., and John and his girlfriend Janis King of Texas City, Texas; her granddaughters, Holly Strickland and husband Robert, Megan Doyle, Morgan Doyle and fiancé Andrew Scott; as well as many lifelong friends in Texas City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert and Shirley McCorkle.
Mary graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree. She began her master’s degree at the University of Colorado where she met and married Donald (Dan) Doyle. She subsequently completed her master’s degree in economics at the University of Houston. After marriage, Mary and Dan moved to Shreveport, La., where their first son Donald was born. A job transfer brought Mary and Dan to Texas City, Texas, where their second son John was born.
Mary began a career in education that spanned four decades as a high school teacher. Her dedication to education left a lifelong impression on both her students and their families. She was involved in many aspects of her community – serving on the board of directors for the College of the Mainland, Rotary, senior class advisor for TCHS, as well as her church.
Following her retirement from education, Mary and Dan moved to Coronado, Calif., where she enjoyed many hours on the golf course and walking the beach. She loved to travel and was ready to go anywhere in a moment’s notice.
A memorial service will held at noon Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Emken Linton Funeral Home, 5100 Emmett F. Lowry Expy, Texas City, Texas. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to The American Diabetes Association.