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Donna Doyle Chats About Her 25 Years as a Loretto Co-member

Posted on October 1, 2019, by Martha Alderson CoL

(Editor’s Note: Material obtained from telephone conversation between Martha Alderson and Donna Doyle)

Donna Doyle

Born in Mobile, Ala., Donna Doyle still has Mobile in her speech pattern after all these years. She began teaching at age 18, as she says knowing nothing about doing so but armed with stories from Sister Imelda. She had 54 fourth graders! She says Fridays ended with a headache that lasted until Monday. But she found that she loved teaching.

Donna taught all grades as well as college. She was at Webster (College) University when the Madison Math Project was beginning. She says it was some new math and some old math and that some of each was good and some not so much.

Donna left the vowed life after 19 years and married. She was professed for 17 years and married for 17 years. She now has lived with Phyllis Keeney with whom she renewed a contract after 17 years. Seventeen seems to be a magic number for her, although she and Phyllis have been together for more than 17 years altogether.

She has two children and grandchildren, one of whom is autistic but is doing quite well in college.

She misses Loretto and hopes to make another trip there before too long. She has serious back problems, which curtail traveling to some extent. She proclaims that she has had a great life! Anyone who knows Donna knows that she is constantly entertaining. The little giggle in her voice is a dead giveaway.  We are grateful for her many years both as a vowed member and as a co-member.

Martha Alderson CoL

Martha Alderson CoL

Martha Alderson has been a Loretto Co-member since 1984. She is retired from the publishing industry and more recently from being on the Loretto Community staff. She served one term on the first Community Forum. At the present she is on the Special Needs Committee and the Motherhouse Coordinating Board. She does the occasional proofreading and editing of Loretto publications.
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