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Rose Mary Doyle
Rose Mary Doyle

Rose Mary Doyle, passed away peacefully mid-morning on November 16 with her dedicated fiancé, Dan Poston, at her side. Rose was 59 years old. Rose loved life and fiercely battled lung cancer for two years but finally succumbed to the disease. She wanted to live and be with Dan.

Rose was born in Salida, Colo., the daughter of the late Charles and Edith Doyle. She is survived by the love of her life, Dan Poston, (Jeff Poston and Chris Poston, Dan’s sons); brother, Patrick Doyle, and wife, Teruko, of Keller, Texas; stepbrother, Jack Ryan, of Custer, Washington; niece, Jamie Doyle, and husband, Brandon Wright; grand-nephew, Zen (whom she loved dearly) of Washington, D.C.; and three cousins in Kansas City, Kansas, Molly Eggar, Robert McAnany and Ted McAnany.

Rose was a quiet beauty that had a passion for horses, humming birds, soaking up the sun, gardening, a nice dinner at Aldo’s or a casual lunch picking crabs. She loved her tropical flowers. She always took pride in her appearance no matter where she was going or what she was doing. She enjoyed going to the beach house in Florida and watching the dolphins play in the water, watching the sun rise. Rose was a sweet heart and never had a bad thing to say about anyone, she loved spending time with her “sistas” as she called them. Rose loved riding on the back of Dan’s Harley Davidson – she loved to ride and she had her own steel horses to enjoy! She was a private person and enjoyed the quiet relationship she and Dan nurtured together through the years. Rose was an accomplished realtor with William E Wood and Associates for over 25 years building many relationships and friendships with her colleagues and clients.

She was supported through her cancer by her fiancé, Dan, who never left her side and made sure she had everything she needed to be comfortable and happy, her brother, Patrick, who stayed with her months at a time to help and give encouragement and hope during her diagnosis and again when the cancer came back.

Rose had a support group of friends whom upon their visits she beamed a smile so bright it would make anyone not want to leave her and she looked forward to and cherished every one of them and their visitations: Dee Maltese, Sandy Nixon, Jenny Sawyer, Jude Miller, Susan Elwell, Kathy Manning, Debbie Wilson, who all made sure that Rose knew how much they loved her with their endless encouragement and time spent with her in the hospital or at her home, and others that sent cards of encouragement and faith.

Family and Friends want to thank her personal aides, Lakesha, Iesha and Kenya, who took care of her at home and made her comfortable. Thank you to the First Landing Fire Station.

Rose will be missed by her family, and anyone who had the good fortune to be her friend or acquaintance. Rose did not want to leave her beloved fiancé, Dan, who truly was the love of her life, but God called her home to release her from her cancerous burden. God bless Rose – she is out of pain and suffering. She is free.

A celebration of Rose’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Carpenters House International Church, 3465 W. Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA, with Pastor Vinny Losciale officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 5545, Virginia Beach, Va. 23471; or at, in memory of Rose Doyle. Condolences may be offered to the family at