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Dortha Louise Doyle, 90, accomplished seamstress known for her creative Halloween costumes

Dortha Louise Doyle

WILMINGTON — Dortha Louise Doyle, 90, peacefully slipped out of her body Saturday, May 1, 2021, to be reunited with her loved ones on the other side, including her beloved husband, Harold Eugene; and her oldest son, Patrick David. She also joined her brother, Douglas, who transitioned on the same day. Dortha had been ill with cancer for several months.

She was born June 10, 1930, to James and Garnet Reed in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and was the oldest of five children.

Dortha was an accomplished seamstress and had a passion for anything creative and crafty. Some of her hobbies were making Halloween costumes for her children, re-caning chairs, refinishing furniture, collecting antiques and making dreamcatchers. From time to time, she worked outside the home, but most of her time was spent as a homemaker.

After her children were grown, she played an active role in the family businesses by doing the bookkeeping and decorating each deli and coffee store.

She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and beating everyone at the game of Scrabble. She was an animal lover and had many pets during her life. As she got older and was not able to get out of the house as much, she used her magnifying glass to make all her holiday and birthday cards for family and friends.

Dortha loved being surrounded by friends and especially by family. She spent the last five years of her life in Wilmington around family.

She leaves behind her two daughters, Sharon and Tori; youngest son, John; brothers, Eddie and Dennis; sister, Donna Joann; sisters-in-law, Susan, Jane and Jackie; daughters-in-law, Joy and Lisa; many nieces and nephews; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and many others who will hold her in their hearts forever.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in North Carolina.

Share online condolences with the family at Atlantic Cremation Service.

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