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Ruth Doyle

A celebration of life for Ruth Lowden Doyle of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.

Mrs. Doyle died Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Meadow View Manor, after a lengthy illness. She was 88.

She was native of California, and only daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Lowden. She graduated from Orland High School in 1936. She led the Orland Orange/Christmas Festival as it’s Queen in 1935, and was Spring president of her senior class. After completing a legal secretary curriculum at Armstrong’s College she worked for the law offices of Carr and Kennedy in Redding.



She married Edmond “Ed” A. Doyle in 1939, they lived all over California and Oregon before settling in Eureka in 1950. They retired to Grass Valley in 1971. Her varied careers included restaurant owner, secretary for a Boy Scout district executive, business college instructor, State University department secretary, and Hospice volunteer. She was also a Camp Fire Leader and received national honors as one of the top 10 leaders in the country. She also worked as a proof reader for projects that produced the memoirs and journals of California historical figures including Jedediah Smith, and Dr. Jack Best. She was a member of the Mayflower Society and daughter of a Trinity County pioneer family.

She did extensive research and wrote books on family history. She was a state officer in the Rainbow for Girls Masonic organization. She was a co-founder of the SAAVE organization and worked to protect the Nevada County foothill environment. She was a president of the Republican Women. She was also active in her church where she wrote plays, delivered messages, and held various leadership positions in both Methodist and Presbyterian churches.




She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn of Long Beach; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judy of Nevada City; grandsons Roger of Sacramento, and Joseph of Truckee; and grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Matthew and Kara of Lexington, Park, Md. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Edmond in 1991; and brothers Spencer, Harry, Byron and Mac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, 95945.Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, 95945.


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