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Virginia F. Doyle

October 10, 2015
Virginia F. Doyle
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Virginia F. (Prior) Doyle was born in Providence in 1918; she was the daughter of the late John F. and Margaret E. (Haven) Prior. She was the wife of Edward J. Doyle, former Mayor and City Councilman of the City of East Providence and resided in Riverside for most of her adult life.
“Ginna,” as she was known to her family and friends, was a loving mother of seven children, Thomas P. Doyle, Margaret E. Rivard, Mary E. Seger, Edward J. Doyle Jr., Rita A. Kenahan, Kathleen P. Harrington, and Joseph A. Doyle. She nurtured and helped raise her twelve grandchildren and has five great grandchildren.
As a young woman, Ginna attended nursing school and also practiced hairdressing at the Pinny Shop in Providence before marrying in 1948. After raising her children, “Miss Virginia” returned to school and became certified in early childhood education. She worked at Belles and Beaus Nursery School in Riverside for many years and was known as a most loving and supportive mentor to many preschoolers. In later years Virginia returned to her nursing roots and delivered home care to residents throughout Riverside. She was a faithful supporter and care giver to many shut-ins and elderly throughout the city.
Virginia was a proud member of The 1918 Club until 2004, when it dispersed. She was also a member of The Mothers of Twins Club, the Daughters of Isabella, Riverside Circle #28, and a founding member of the Pomham Home Demonstration Club of East Providence. As longtime member of the East Providence Walking Club, Ginna won multiple awards for her walking prowess in the Rhode Island Senior Olympics, and enjoyed her participation in the East Providence Recreation Department duckpin-bowling league. She was a persistent fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Ginna loved to cook for her family, do crossword puzzles, and dance. She was an avid reader, was always singing a tune, and was fond of quoting famous sayings and in 2008 she published a small book of “Ginna-isms” for her family.
Ginna was proud of her family heritage; she was a descendent of the founder of the original Haven Brothers Diner. She was the beloved sister of the late Anna M. Prior, Joseph A. Prior, Helen P. Dalmonego, Margaret E. Chapman, Rita E. Haire and John F. Prior.
She died surrounded by her loving family on October 10, 2015. In keeping with her generous spirit, Ginna bequeathed her remains to the Brown University Anatomic Gift Research Program. A private Memorial Service shall be held at the Manning Chapel on the Brown University campus.   Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 State St., #200, Providence, RI 02908.

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