Name: Elizabeth Ann DOYLE
Birth: 12 JAN 1921 in Lake Ida Twp.,Norman Co.,Minnesota
Death: 8 DEC 2007 in Mishawaka,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana
Burial: 11 DEC 2007 St.JoeValleyMem,Granger,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana
Maternal haplogroup V (determined via DNA testing of her daughter Alice).
BIRTH RECORD: Birth record clearly shows first name spelled "Elizebeth."
However, she never used that spelling.
DIVORCE: First marriage (to William E. Smith) ended in divorce 11-Apr-1947,
South Bend, St. Joseph So., Indiana, after two children.
HEALTH NOTES: Heavy smoker for 30 years, beginning in 1950; old-age &
obesity-related diabetes. Breast cancer, age 74, May 1995; mastectomy,
chemo-therapy, radiation. Two heart attacks, angio plasti, and quintuple
bypass, age 75, October 1996; recovered at Cardinal Nursing home after heart
bypass surgery. Severe and extreme osteoporosis.
Address from November 1949 until May 2006: 230 Palau Avenue; Mishawaka,
For the last 19 months of her life, from May 2006 until her death on December 8,
2007, she lived at Countryside Place Nursing & Rehab, at 811 E. 12th Street in
Mishawaka. Nursing home was also called "Beverly Living Center, Mishawaka."
At the time of her death in 2007, she had ten acknowledged grandchildren and one
hidden grandchild (through her #2 son) whom she knew of but never saw. The
hidden grandchild was a grandson, born June 1975, in South Bend, St. Joseph
In June 1975, within 48 hours of the birth of her # 2 son's son, Elizabeth Ann
knew that the baby existed. She knew because the new baby's mother telephoned
her from the hospital and said, "I want you to know that I gave birth to your
grandson. Dale is the father, but his name won't be on the birth certificate,
and the baby won't carry the BEARD name." My mother absolutely knew the child
existed and believed he was her grandson. When she told her son what the
young mother had told her, her son (just barely 16) said, "If she says it's my
son, it's my son." He then walked to the hospital to see the baby.
He continued seeing the child regularly for over two years, until the young
mother made the choice to prevent him from seeing their son.
Within two weeks after Christmas 1977, the young mother told him that he no
longer would be allowed to see his son. The young mother said, "I'm afraid
that he'll start asking you are, and I don't know what to tell him. The law
was on her side, and my brother was forced to walk away.
Elizabeth Ann said that she never saw the child, even though he lived close by
right after he was born, and even though his maternal grandmother continued
living just a few houses from Elizabeth Ann for several years.
My brother's last words to me were, "I don't care about my ancestors. I
only care about my descendants." That was in 1996 or 1997.
Father: Itha Elmer DOYLE b: 1874 in Bixby,Vermilion Co.,Illinois
Mother: Mary Louise PAYNE b: 1 JUN 1883 in Marysville,Vermilion Co.,Illinois
William Emory SMITH b: 22 AUG 1919 in New Carlisle,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana
- Divorced: Y
16 MAY 1942
in St. Joseph Co.,Indiana
Miles Griffith BEARD b: 14 APR 1918 in Indianapolis,Marion Co.,Indiana
19 NOV 1949
in South Bend,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana