Linda Patricia Tempus “Pat” Doyle, age 77, went to Heaven on Monday, May 13, 2019 at her home in Mulberry, Fla.
She was born in Toccoa, Ga., to the late Ervin and Jessie Oliver Tempus on March 8, 1942.
She will be greatly missed by her husband, Roger Doyle, of 58 years; and her children: Scarlett (Vince) LaCava of Powell, Ohio, Scott (Cristine) Doyle of Sugar Hill, Ga., Steve Doyle of Lakeland, Fla., Stacey (Dave) Hepp of Charlotte, N.C.; her grandchildren, Stephanie LaCava, Gavin (Kadie) Doyle, Garrett Doyle, Savanah Burgess, Rachael LaCava, Ashley Doyle, Vincent LaCava, Alyssa LaCava, Abby Hepp, Lucy Hepp and Payton Doyle; nieces and nephews, Beth, Sue, Mark, Nancy, Paul, Karen and Michael.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Rebecca Moore; nephew, Marcus Moore.
She was a resident of St. Petersburg and Lakeland, Fla., Sylva, N.C. and Mulberry.
She graduated from North East High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1960.
During her working career she held various positions which included the following: pre-school at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Fla.; bus driver for Polk City Schools, Lakeland, Fla; Publix in Lakeland, Fla. Pat also worked in reservations for Embassy Suites and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.; Dillsboro Chocolate Factory & Espresso Bar in Dillsboro, N.C.; as well as volunteering for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. While working in Dillsboro, N.C., she was very proud to have helped with the traveling Vietnam Wall that was brought through Sylva and Cherokee, N.C.
Though she held various roles throughout life, her favorite was being a MOM and GRAMMY. She had a gift for both. She was always the gracious host. Everyone was welcome to her house, with room for more at the table. The coffee pot was always ready for anyone who needed or just wanted to come by for a cup and a chat. You always knew you would have a fun time and many laughs. She loved playing kickball, softball and/or baseball. She loved collecting rocks (big or small) to place in her gardens that she adored. Her colorful gardens were an attribute to her amazing green thumb. The view was beautiful, and the grandkids referred to it as Grammy’s mountain.
She loved baking, lending a hand and singing in the Manna Choir at St. David’s Episcopal Church, playing the tambourine and being a counselor to the EYC. She loved to read and to learn. She delighted in hearing the rain on a tin roof, or an approaching thunderstorm. This was one of her favorite times to read. Her love for learning and reading was inherited by her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed nature and loved seeing the bear that frequented their house in spring.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Co. Road 540 A Lakeland, FL 33813.
She loved to sing and dance, gave awesome hugs, had a fabulous sense of humor, warm smile, and in a word was “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Alzheimer’s took all of this away little by little.
Memorial donations can be made in memory of Linda Patricia Doyle’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALZ.ORG.