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Sept. 3, 1935 - June 8, 2014

Joyce Ann Doyle of Eden, a nursing instructor and championship rower, died Sunday in her daughter’s Amherst home after a lengthy illness. She was 78.

Born Joyce Ann Werner in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing and earned a master’s degree in early childhood development from Buffalo State College in 1979.

Mrs. Doyle worked as a registered nurse, health educator and co-director at Town Child Center in Buffalo, the family business specializing in child development and Montessori education.

Most recently, she was an instructor for the licensed practical nursing program at Erie 2 BOCES in Angola.

In 1993, Mrs. Doyle became involved in the sport of rowing with her husband, an Olympic trial rower.

A member of the West Side Rowing Club, she became a masters-level championship rower.

In 1998, she and her women’s masters teammates won many medals. She participated in the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, the Canadian Masters National Championships, FISA World Masters in Munich, Germany, U.S. Masters National Championships, Head of Ohio and Head of the Charles.

A particularly proud moment for the team was competing in the Henley Masters Regatta on the River Thames in England, where she rowed in a variety of racing shells. She continued in the sport until becoming ill three years ago.

Mrs. Doyle was a member of Wesleyan Church of Hamburg.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, David; two daughters, Wendy Sikora and Betsy Doyle-Levy; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway.