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Nancy Doyle Lee

June 11, 1932 ~ July 11, 2018 (age 86)

Obituary of Nancy Millae Doyle Lee

Lee, Nancy Doyle, age 86, died July 11, 2018, in Naples, FL. She passed peacefully in her sleep, surrounded

by her loving children and devoted husband, after a long illness. Nancy is survived by her loving husband

Walter Lee; children Roger Sullivan (Samela Ireland); Lee Ann Sullivan; Judith Sullivan (William Greeley,

Jr.) Amy D. Sullivan (Erin Janssens); step‐daughters Deborah Schuh (Dana Schuh) and Patricia Van Dieren

(Jack Van Dieren); brother Richard Doyle (Nancy Doyle); sisters Deborah Doyle and Susan Johnson;

grandsons Adam Hill (Piper Klemm), Colin Hill (Artemis Roehrig); great‐granddaughters Ariadne and

Demetria Hill; family friend, Char Sabin; and many more nieces, nephews and extended family. She was

predeceased by her daughter Jane Sullivan (age 2); parents Alice Mulchahy Doyle and Roger T. Doyle;

stepmother Anne Doyle; brother Roger T. Doyle, Jr, and sister-in-law Paula Doyle.

Nancy grew up in Jamaica Plain in an Irish‐American family with ties to the Boston political scene that

influenced her lifelong interest in politics. She honed her driving skills as a teenager, chauffeuring her father

on house calls for his medical practice in Mission Hill, learning every back road and shortcut in Boston.

The family summered at their beachside home in Humarock, MA, where she continued to make an annual

trek when visiting family in the Boston area. Nancy graduated from Boston Latin School; received her BA

from Wheaton College (1954) in Norton, MA, with honors from the Department of Economics; and was an

active member of her alumni club, serving as class officer from 1974 to 1979. She continued her lifelong

interest in the economy and had a keen interest in the stock market. She joined John Hancock Insurance

Company in 1978 as a systems analyst and later an IT specialist. She was a true maverick as a woman in

this burgeoning field until her retirement in 1996. She never stopped learning about technology –texting

her children and video‐sharing with her beloved great‐granddaughters.

Nancy and her first husband Philip Sullivan raised four children whom she loved and guided to become the

thoughtful adults they are today. She met her husband, Walter Lee, at Longwood Cricket Club. Their

marriage in 1987 brought two wonderful step-daughters, Debbie and Patty, into her life. Nancy and Walter

shared a love of tennis, golf, bridge, and socializing with their many friends in Wellesley, Brookline, and

Naples. She was a member of Longwood Cricket Club, Naples Bath and Tennis Club, Kensington Golf and

Tennis Club, and Naples Grande. Nancy was a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, and friends often

gathered at their home in Naples to watch the games.

All will remember her sense of humor, love of her children, organizational finesse and loyalty to her friends.

She was generous to all and inspired us with her love of life. She said always leave a place better than you

found it. And she did leave the world a better place for all of us.

Her ashes will be interned beside her beloved daughter Jane Sullivan at Holyhood Cemetery, Chestnut Hill,

MA, in a graveside ceremony on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 3:00 PM. Following the internment, a

celebration of life will be held at the Longwood Cricket Club from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Friends and family

are welcome. A service in Naples is planned for sometime in October. In lieu of flowers, donations may

be made in Nancy’s honor to Wheaton College, Norton, MA (https://wheatoncollege.edu/giving/ways‐togive/).

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