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Mary Lee Doyle

Mary Lee Doyle (née Button) died peacefully at home in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada on December 28, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 21, 1941, in Wellington, New Zealand, Lee began her career as a presenter at 2ZB and Radio New Zealand, two of the country’s leading radio stations. When she wasn’t interviewing lion tamers or narrating fishing disputes, Lee traveled the world, skiing the Alps, riding camels in the desert, and watching the May Day parade in Red Square.

Eventually Lee settled in London, England at the peak of the Swinging Sixties, where she met and married her husband Billy, a practicing dentist. After a few years in Ireland where Billy completed his medical studies in Dublin, Lee and Billy moved to Sarnia, Canada, where they raised their family. Together, Billy, now a family doctor, and Lee, as his office manager, built a medical practice that served the people of Sarnia for over forty-five years.
In 1982, Lee turned her love of movies into a successful business called Sarnia Home Entertainment Library, starting one of the first video rental stores in the city in partnership with her sister Taylore.

Throughout her life, Lee was a loving mother and wife who cherished her many friends at home and abroad, hosting parties and cooking delicious meals, including her fabled Pavlova dessert, the signature dish of her homeland. As a voracious reader, she took joy at holding forth on countless idiosyncratic subjects to the delight of her dinner companions.
In her later years, Lee tackled rheumatoid arthritis with cool determination, putting on a happy face and never letting it get her down. Though illness would claim her life, nothing could stifle her extraordinary personality.

Lee is survived by her dedicated husband of fifty-two years, Dr. William L. Doyle; her beloved children Timothy Doyle, Sarah Doyle, Nicola Doyle and Jonathan Doyle; Tim's partner Colin Carroll and Jonathan's wife Sarah Duda; her granddaughter Ramona Doyle; her brother John Button in New Zealand; and niece Kate Button and nephew Alistair Button. She is predeceased by her parents Ronald and Marie Button, and her sister Taylore Bernshaw (née Susan Button).

The Doyle family would like to especially thank Stephanie Boyle who took care of Lee in her later years. Her commitment and professionalism gave Lee the dignity and comfort she deserved. Her kindness will never be forgotten.

A private Mass of Christian Burial limited to immediate family will be held on Friday, with a celebration of life to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee's name to the Arthritis Society of Canada (www.arthritis.ca) or the Palliative Care unit at Bluewater Health through (www.bluewaterhealth.ca) would be most appreciated. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. Memories, photographs or messages of condolence may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

Arthritis Society link www.arthritis.ca Bluewater Health link www.bluewaterhealth.ca

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My condolences to Dr. Doyle and family for your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Pat Hobin Jan 11 2022 11:41 AM

Dear Billy and family: sincere condolences on the loss of Lee. Holding you in our thoughts at this sad time.

Allan and Dorothy McKeown Jan 4 2022 7:57 PM

Dr. Doyle,
We would like to share our heartfelt sympathy with you and your family on the passing of your beloved Lee. I have fond memories of Lee. She had such a vibrant personality and loved to share a good laugh. May you find comfort in your precious memories during this time of sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Kim & Sandra Bridekirk

Kim A Bridekirk Jan 2 2022 2:20 PM

Dear Billy and Family I was so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. She was a lively, unique and beautiful woman. Sinead and the other children, and myself as did Peter when he was with us, remember all the fun times especially Christmastime when we would stop by for your do. Please take care and God Bless. Patti O'Sullivan

Patti O'Sullivan Dec 31 2021 2:05 PM

Dr. Doyle and family: I'm sending my deep condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. Jan Herbert

Jan Herbert Dec 31 2021 12:10 PM

We remember Lee fondly for her wit and humour. Our heartfelt condolences to Billy and his family.
Martyn & Maria

Martyn Chilvers Dec 31 2021 7:01 AM

Please accept our sincere condolences. I am writing on behalf of myself and my three siblings who knew Lee as children. Our late father Peter was a close friend and colleague of Billy's. We all recall many weekends choosing movies in Lee's shop and spending holiday parties in the Doyle's home in Sarnia. We have fond memories of Lee - always warm and welcoming. We are sending thoughts and prayers.
Sinéad, Niamh, Cian and Fiona O'Sullivan

Sinéad Dufour (O'Sullivan) Dec 30 2021 6:39 PM

Billy, Tim, Sarah, Nicky and Johnny - our sincere condolences on Lee's death and our sorrow that none of us can travel to join you in these strange times to celebrate her well-lived life .
May she rest in peace .
Avril and all your Wexford cousins big and small

Avril Doyle Dec 30 2021 4:35 PM

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family loss

Czeslawa & Barry Dec 30 2021 3:29 PM

Sarah and family
Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your mom.
We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Gerard and Jackie Prentice

Jackie Prentice Dec 30 2021 11:21 AM

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