Good Bye Mrs. Gertrude

Mrs. Gertrude, a long time Friday Thrive member, died last week.

She was such a light at Thrive. Everyone loved and respected her. She had accepted Christ as a young girl and lived her life serving her community as a mentor.

The best quote from Mrs. Gertrude was said during one of the break out sessions at the end of a Thrive meeting one day, Lorri was leading the group and a young girl was talking about trying to stay off Plank Rd. (a road notorious for prostitution, drugs and crime) and Mrs. Gertrude spoke up and said "I'm 87 yrs old and I've never been on Plank rd". She was a hat wearing jewel who's absent will be felt.

Mrs. Gertrude you will be missed. Have fun with Jesus sweet lady.

The thrive volunteers and ladies celebrating Mrs. Gertrude's 87th birthday last January.

Gertrude F. "Gert" Doyle

A retired foster grandparent and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was 87, born on Jan. 28, 1921, in Woodville, Miss.

Visiting at Hall's Celebration Center, 9348 Scenic Highway,
on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visiting at Elm Grove Baptist Church
on Friday, Oct. 3, from 8:30 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m.,
conducted by the Rev. Errol Domingue. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery, Zachary.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters and a son-in-law, Betty Doyle Taylor, Milwaukee, and Sherlynn Doyle Leachman and husband Frank Selvage, Baton Rouge; son, Leroy Doyle, Milwaukee; brother, Milton Freeman and companion, Lillie Walker, Milwaukee; two sisters-in-law, Naomi Collins and DeLouise Doyle, Baton Rouge; two grandsons, Floyd Taylor Jr., Milwaukee, and Kevin Leachman, Baton Rouge; seven granddaughters, Jacqueline and Marilyn Taylor, Houston, Verlee Hilson, Renee Taylor, Satchiko Doyle and Morelesah Johnson, all of Milwaukee, and Kimberly Leachman, Stone Mountain, Ga.; 16 great-grandchildren, Tenia, Steven, Tiffany, Floyd III, Javis, John, Shekela, Willie, Khalen, Keenan, Jorian, Jalise, Jashante, Jaliyaa, Jamile and Jordan; and two great-great-grandchildren, Damont and Bryson. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Shedrick Doyle; two infant sons; three sisters; a brother; half-sister, Odeal Collins; half-brother, Charley Freeman; many aunts, cousins and other family members. She was a member of Eastern Star, a choir member of Elm Grove Baptist Church for more than 60 years, a foster grandparent, a church-going woman who never met a stranger and was known for her peach cobblers. She was affectionately known as Granny and Grandmaw to her family members, friends and children at Southdowns Elementary School. Ms. Doyle had served in the Eden Park Community for more than 65 years.


my goodness. brings tears to my eyes. what a blessing that we know exactly where she is and dont have to wonder. what a wonderful lady she was to ladies thrive. she will be truly missed.

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