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Marjorie Doyle

1918 - 2012 Marjorie Poor Doyle died at her home in Port Hueneme, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.

A longtime resident of Arlington, Vt., she was born in 1918 on the family farm in West Arlington to Florence Poor Lindsey and Raymond J. Poor. Her formal education started in a one-room schoolhouse adjacent to the West Arlington covered bridge; she completed high school at Burr and Burton Seminary and graduated from Middlebury College. As an educator she taught at Bradford Academy, North Bennington and Arlington schools.

She married Edward Doyle upon his return from World War II in 1945. They had five children: John and Diana of Altadena Calif., Kathryn and Mark of Port Hueneme, Calif., JoAnne of Ferrisburg, and son, Kevin, who died at age 8, in 1963; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Craig Doyle and spouse Sonia and Samantha and Connor of Ramona, Calif.; Denise and spouse Sean McFarland and Ian, Ryan, Brendan and Dylan of Fresno, Calif. and Beth Doyle of Fresno, Calif. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mary Doyle Keefe, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ed, and brother, John Poor.

Marge was a passionate advocate and leader in a variety of political, educational, and social endeavors at the community, state, and national level. She represented Arlington in the State Legislature. In 1954 she and Ed renovated a country store in West Arlington naming it Wayside Country Store. They operated Wayside until the birth of their last child, Mark.

This event dramatically changed her life as she focused her passion, energy, and talents ensuring that education and opportunities were created and available to the developmentally challenged. Her years of dedication resulted in programs, advancements, awards, and acknowledgments, the most significant accomplishment being her loving son, Mark, who cared so patiently and kindly for his mom during these final years.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: Donations may be made c/o Hanson Walbridge, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. In her honor please consider donations to The A Street Day Program, ARC of Ventura County (Mark's day program). In her spirit, please provide a helping hand to others and express your passion for what you believe in.

Marge will be buried in Arlington and a gathering in her honor will be announced at a later date.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 30, 2012
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