Mary D. (Doyle) Thoen
Mary D. (Doyle)
Thoen, 78, wife of William L. Thoen of Ipswich, died
October 18, 2007 in the Caldwell Skilled Nursing and
following her extended illness.
Born in Salem March
28, 1929, daughter of the late James L. and Mary
(Carney) Doyle, she was a 1947 graduate of Marblehead
She graduated from Emmanuel
and was commissioned into the US Navy as a WAVE officer.
She was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Lieutenant.
In addition to
devoting herself to her husband and children, she
continued her education, and was awarded her Masters of
Education degree from Salem State College in 1972. She
then started her own successful knitting business,
Clamshell Alley Knits, specializing in creating original
knit good designs. An avid sailor, Mary was a member of
the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club, where she sailed with her
family. In 1974 she became a licensed Private Pilot,
piloting the family airplane to many New England
locations. During her flying career she was a member of
the Ninety-Nines, a women pilotís organization.
In addition to her
husband she is survived by two sons, William Lawrence
Thoen of Boulder, CO and James Joseph Thoen of Rowley, a
daughter, Kathleen M. Sloss of Marblehead, six
grandchildren and her brother, James L. Doyle of Salem.
A memorial Mass
will be held Saturday November 3 at 9:00am in Our Lady
of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road,
Family and friends respectfully welcomed. Arrangements
are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may
be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A
First Ave, Suite 6,