Executive for 3 Colonial Dames chapters
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Alice Hulbert Hoyle, 89, known to her friends as Jinny, died peacefully on Monday November 26 of unexpected heart complications in the hospital surrounded by her children and family.
Jinny was born Alice Mae Hulbert in Norfolk, VA to Edward Irwin Hulbert and Ann Elizabeth Simonson of Norfolk. She grew up in Savannah, GA, where she attended Savannah High School and first met Royce A. Hoyle, Jr., whom she would marry on his return from World War II in the Pacific. They were married on Aug. 15, 1945 in Savannah's Christ Church, where Jinny, who attended Sullins College, in Virginia, served as director of religious education.
Royce and Jinny started a family and moved north to Pittsburgh, then Chicago in 1954. Jinny raised their three children in Highland Park, IL, where she was a devoted member of Trinity Episcopal Church for more than 30 years. During her final decade in Illinois, Jinny dedicated herself to restoring the Henry B. Clarke House (1837) in Chicago. Between 1980 and 1982 she was president of the Illinois chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
Jinny and Royce retired to Hilton Head, SC in 1986, where they were founding members of All Saints Episcopal Church. Jinny focused on another Colonial Dames project in Savannah, the restoration of Andrew Low House (1847-1860). After Royce's death in 1997, she took on the presidency of the Georgia chapter of the national Colonial Dames in 2004-2006 at the age of 81. In September, 2012, after moving from Hilton Head to the Methodist Country House in Wilmington, DE, she was asked to join the board of the Delaware chapter of the Colonial Dames. She was a long time member of the Junior League.
Jinny is survived by her three children and their spouses, Russ Hoyle and Ellen Howe of Farmington, CT and New York, Harriette Tuttle and the Rev. Paul Tuttle of Glen Mills, PA, and Robb and Marni Hoyle of Manchester, MA and Bethlehem, NH, and five grandchildren, Henry Hoyle, Elizabeth Tuttle, Matthew Tuttle, Jennifer Hoyle, and Sam Hoyle.
A memorial service will be held for her today, Friday, Nov. 30, at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Rd., Wilmington, DE at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, Washington, DC 20007-3071.
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2012