Jean Sylvia Doyne | May 28, 1923 - Feb. 17, 2014

Miller woman had zest for life

2014-03-31T22:07:00Z 2014-03-31T22:36:07Z Miller woman had zest for lifeCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 31, 2014 10:07 pm  • 

Jean Doyne was a hard working, well-educated woman who loved to laugh and have fun with her family and friends, said her daughter, Sylvia Doyne Collins.

“She lived life to the fullest,” she said. “She was always busy doing something.”

Jean Doyne, 90, of Miller, died Feb. 17. She was a 1944 graduate of University of California at Berkeley and had been a schoolteacher in Livingston, California, and in Gary. She and her husband also operated Doyne’s Marine.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Doyne, whom she married in 1945.

Doyne loved to swing dance with her husband and played bridge. She loved to travel, and she and her husband traveled the United States in the family’s motor coach. She also had traveled abroad, to places including Mexico, Europe and Japan, her daughter said.

She was an excellent cook, and specialized in desserts. She was always willing to try a new recipe out of the newspaper and loved making pies. When she was young, she started the tradition of making yeast rolls for friends and family at Christmas.

She volunteered for several community groups, and was active in her church, Chapel of the Dunes. She had also served as treasurer for the NWI Symphony Orchestra.

Doyne was an avid reader, and her daughter said she has fond memories of her mother taking her on trips to the library once every two weeks.

“She would come home with a stack of books two feet tall, and she would read them all,” she said. “She had probably read every book you should read, and when she finished those off, she went to romance novels.”

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