Janet Marshall “Scotty” Doyle passed away peacefully in her sleep, with her family present, on the morning of October 10, 2015, from complications of cancer at the age of 93.
Scotty was a 40-year resident of Enterprise, having moved here to be closer to her daughter Sandra Miller after the birth of Scotty’s first grand child.
She was born in 1921 in the small village of Braehead in Lanarkshire, Scotland to George Brown and Martha Pearson. Her mother passed away when she was eight and her father took her out of school after eighth grade to take care of the family. In 1940, she set out on her own and began the life of a world traveler. She worked in London during the Blitz for the London transit system, before joining the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a cryptographer for the remainder of the war. At war’s end, she transferred to the British Foreign Office in Berlin, where she met her future husband, Alan Doyle, who was serving as an air traffic controller with the U.S. Army Air Corps. They married in Toronto, Canada and her worldwide travels continued with stops in Cleveland, Tokyo Japan, Orlando Florida, Essex England, Montgomery Alabama, Sumter South Carolina, Honolulu Hawaii and finally Enterprise Oregon.
Scotty was a strong believer in life-long learning and in being responsible. If she wanted to do something and didn’t know how, she set out to learn. Over the years she worked as a lifeguard, a cosmetologist, swimming instructor and she taught hula, cake decorating, calligraphy and aqua-aerobics. She was well-known in the county as an advocate for physical activity and could often be found on long walks with her Yorkshire Terrier, Tosh.
Survivors include her son Kevin Doyle of Honolulu, daughters Karen Doyle of Annapolis and Sandra Miller of Enterprise; grandchildren Corey Miller, Heidi Ewing of La Grande, Oregon, and Jesse Miller; Alysn and Kaitlyn Doyle of Honolulu, and 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Alan W. Doyle Jr.
A celebration of Scotty’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 16 at the First Baptist Church of Enterprise. Internment will be private at the Enterprise Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation.