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Donna Marie Doyle Ries

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Donna Marie Doyle Ries

AGE: 73 •

Donna Marie Doyle Ries passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 11, 2015. She was born July 5th, 1942 in Davenport, IA, the third child of the late Dr. Donald J. and Marian B. Doyle. She graduated from Mt. St. Clare College and married her high school sweetheart James Ries on July 6, 1963. They lived in Iowa City, IA, Bethlehem, PA before moving to Newark, DE in June 1973. For the past three years, she lived in Kennett Square, PA.

Donna enjoyed her work as a Staff Assistant in the History Department at the University of Delaware for 22 years and retired in 2001. In her retirement she volunteered with the Junior Board at Christiana Hospital, was active in her St. Mary's Assumption Parish, enjoyed her book club, and kept up with her many friends. Above all, her greatest joy was her family.

Donna is reunited with her loving husband of 49 years, Dr. James Peter Ries, who passed December 10, 2011. She is also predeceased by her oldest brother, Robert Doyle.

Donna is survived by her children, Brian James Ries and his wife Nikki of Hockessin; Mary Barbara, and her husband Craig Laudeman, Phoenix, MD; and Kevin Doyle Ries and his wife Michelle of Paoli, PA; eight granddaughters: Madison, Lucy and Piper Laudeman; Sofia and Abigail Ries and Alexandra, Samantha and Marissa Ries. Also surviving: brothers Stephen Doyle (Remie) Anchorage, AK, Edward Doyle (Nita), Iowa City, IA, Thomas Doyle (Janet) Boulder, CO, cousin Julie (Paul), Oklahoma City, OK, and sister in-law Kay Doyle, Pleasant Hills, CA as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21, 2015 at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Donna's memory to the , 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.

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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2015
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