Doyle, Marilyn

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                              MARILYN DOYLE
                   Miramichi Lost another Dear Friend
                          by Cathy Carnahan

"Under the magnetism of friendship the modest man becomes bold; the shy, confident; the lazy, active; or the impetuous, prudent and peaceful." - William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63)

The Miramichi lost another good friend on Wednesday. Marilyn Doyle died.

Many will not know the name. She was neither rich, nor famous. Marilyn was the produce manager at the Beaubear Co-op in Nelson-Miramichi. She started work at the store almost 40 years ago.

Wednesday morning, as media across the country reported the news of Tory star Belinda Stronach crossing the floor to join the Federal Liberals, it seemed the most important topic of the day - even here in the local newsroom. Then, word of Marilyn's death arrived - and the Stronach story no longer held the same significance. Political views and opinions on the matter were pushed aside for another day, because then all that mattered was that Marilyn, my friend in the produce department, had died.

It was too sudden and too soon, but nobody deserved a more peaceful death than Marilyn. All that I know of her is good. She was the best part about shopping co-op. Her cheery smile, friendliness and warmth made everyone feel welcome. And the department itself was always immaculate. Each fruit and vegetable was carefully, meticulously displayed. Marilyn was a perfectionist. It showed in the detailed signs she made, the cleanliness and neatness of the department. She was a dedicated employee who worked hard and made her work a pleasantry.

Marilyn was also a proud mother - and had every reason to be. Her daughter started the Nelson Doyle Dancers several years ago and has taken them - and the Miramichi - to international levels. Weekly visits to the co-op usually included updates on her daughter and her latest successes, or stories about Marilyn's son and his most recent adventures. Marilyn loved her family and she loved to talk about them, be it her brother, his children, or one of her sisters. Of course, like every proud grandmother, Marilyn also loved to talk about her little grandson. She not only loved to talk about those she loved, but she also had photos on hand to show them off.

But the funny thing is, Marilyn was not a showy person. She was a humble, kind woman who's greatest pleasure was encouraging and helping others. She was a smart, intelligent woman who spent two-thirds of her life working for the co-op movement and a better community. She did that by taking pride in her work, loving her family and encouraging friends to be all that they could be.

Many years ago, in the co-op produce department, she befriended a young journalist and then continued to encourage her throughout the years. Her kindness and support will be missed.

Source: Miramichi Weekend – May 20, 2005

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