2017-10-05 / Obituaries

Lillian “Lillie” Alma Doyle

Funeral services for Lillian “Lillie” Doyle, 95 of Giddings, were held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating.

Lillian “Lillie” Alma Bieberstein was born on November 30, 1921 in Giddings, Texas to Ben & Alma (Herzog) Bieberstein and passed away in her home September 29, 2017 at the age of 95. She was a lifelong Lutheran and was baptized on December 18, 1921, confirmed on March 14, 1935, and married at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings. She married Hershel W. Doyle on October 22, 1939 at the age of 17 and they celebrated 71 years of marriage at the time of his death in 2010. They were involved in many community activities over the years and were seldom apart.

Lillie was a lifelong resident of Giddings except for four years when she lived in Pittsburg, California while Hershel served in World War II. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army and reported to Camp Stoneman for overseas duty. Although Lillie had never been more than 50 miles from home and had no idea where she would stay, she went with Hershel on the train trip, arriving near San Francisco. When a couple on the train overheard their situation, they offered their family’s home to her and this wonderful Italian family took Lillie in as a boarder. She had a great experience living with a loving family while Hershel was stationed in the Pacific Theater. She got a good job in a grocery store, learned to cook great Italian food, and by pooling gas ration cards she drove the family around because no one else in the family could drive. When Hershel was discharged early in 1946, he and Lillie were invited to stay and work in California, but they wanted to return home. These families still remain in touch.

After the war Hershel and Lillie returned to Giddings to work in the meat business and start their family with the births of Barbara and Gary. They bought City Meat Market in 1952 and soon after, the H.W. Doyle Processing Plant. They worked six days a week providing fresh meat, barbecue, custom slaughtering, and friendly service for 30 years until their retirement in 1982.

Lillie spoke only German until learning English after starting public school. She was proud of her German heritage and spent a month in Germany with Hershel in 1981 where she enjoyed speaking German with the local residents. In retirement, she and Hershel were able to spend several years traveling with various family members to western swing festivals and sites of interest. During retirement and until her death, she continued to be involved in the cattle business at the family farm in Loebau.

Lillie loved to cook and hosted countless family get-togethers through the decades. She lived in the same house on Highway 290 for over 60 years. She had an excellent memory of names, dates, and relationships and knew generations of families and was often contacted for family information. Most importantly she was devoted to her family and friends and her home was always open to others.

Lillie was preceded in death by her beloved husband Hershel W. Doyle in 2010; twin great grandchildren, Isabella and Sebastian Wilson in 2013, and her brothers, Otis Bieberstein and Monroe Bieberstein.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Wilson and husband, John of Round Rock; her son, Gary Doyle and wife, Nancy (Maass) of Giddings; grandsons, Richard Wilson and wife, Dr. Sonya of Austin, and Robert Wilson of Houston; granddaughters, Sarah Allison and husband, Chad of Dallas, Brittany Mears and husband, Gary Jr. of Round Rock, and Katie Doyle of Elgin; step-grandson, Anthony Mannering of Houston; great grandchildren, Lillian “Lilly” Mears of Round Rock, Ellie Wilson of Austin, Levi Allison of Dallas, and a great granddaughter due in November.

Other survivors include her brother, Leroy Bieberstein and wife, Nancy of Giddings; her sister, Annie Mae Ahlhorn and husband, Delbert of Paige; brother-in-law, Gene Doyle and wife, Lorine of Magnolia; sisters-in-law, Pat Doyle of Houston and Betty Doyle of Friendswood, along with 20 nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were brothers-in-law, Ted Doyle, Buddy Doyle, Ira Doyle and Herbert Herzog, and her sisters-in-law, Emma Doyle and Daisy Herzog.

Memorials may be made to the Giddings Public Library or to the charity of one’s choice.

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