Merle B. Doyle

Age 84, went to her heavenly home on August 21, 2021. She was born April 23, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Edward “Edwin” and Bertha (Zimmerman) Busse.

She loved Jesus with all her heart and was a member of the Pennway Church of God. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Merle worked for many years as an interior designer.

Merle is survived by her husband, Raymond Doyle; children: Michael (Kathy) Burtraw, Jennifer (Joseph) Kirschner, Cynthia Doyle, Sharon Smith, Peter Doyle, Susan (Josh) Beers; grandchildren: Jessica (Jason), Lindsey (Kyle), Brandon (Jessica), Taylor (Adam), Austin, Michael, William, Paul, Allyson, six great-grandchildren; and beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward “Edwin” and Bertha Busse; sisters, Carol and Myra; daughter-in-law, Lydia; and son-in-law, Kevin.

The funeral for Merle will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Pennway Church of God, 1101 E. Cavanaugh, Lansing, MI 48910.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 27, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, and at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Pennway Church of God or Life Challenge of Michigan in Merle’s memory.

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Bob Barber
August 22, 2021 at 8:14 pm

It had been many years since I saw her. During my experience with her, we both loved our coffee. Not just coffee, but really high quality coffee. She and Ray would share their latest with me, and it was the best. She always seemed like a classy, and proper lady. Someone you would expect to have a consistent respectful viewpoint. I thought very highly of her. You can see her hand at work in raising very good people in her children.

Mike Severs
August 26, 2021 at 8:24 am

Great remembrance my friend. She really did brew a great cup of coffee… which went well with Lydia’s sweet potato pie!

Mike Severs
August 26, 2021 at 8:23 am

Merle will be greatly missed. Being a close friend with her children, Mike & Jennifer, I was lucky enough to get to know her and her husband Ray very well. I fondly remember being invited to a holiday meal with the family some years ago. The meal was delicious of course, however what really sticks out is the love the family shared. Although just a friend, I truly felt like family…. such an honor. A tribute to the wonderful person Merle is and how she raised her family to be kind, considerate and supportive of others. Rest In Peace Merle, we are all better off for having shared time in your heavenly presence.

Cindy (Spence) Bellant
August 26, 2021 at 3:13 pm

I am so very sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. She was one classy lady and always treated everyone as family. I remember going with Jennifer to Point Pelee and spending a fun weekend with Ray, Merle, Peter, Doug and baby Jessica (we even took my puppy, Chelsea). Ray and Merle were awesome hosts. More recently, I got to sit and visit with her and Ray at Michael’s open house, catching up. I’m glad I had that opportunity. Sending love, hugs and healing prayers to you all!

Mary Jarrard
August 27, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Although I only knew Merle for a short time she was always a cheerful and caring co-worker. She radiated an inner peace and contentment. Merle was truly a special woman. Both she and Ray were a welcoming and gracious couple to guests.


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