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Mary Francis Brokaw Boyle
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Birth: Nov. 4, 1909
Mendon
St. Joseph County
Michigan, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 2003
Glendale
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Glendale, Ariz.; On March 30, Mary Frances BROKAW BOYLE passed away quietly in her sleep at her residence in Glendale, Ariz., at the age of 94. She was preceded in 1999 by Judge Robert BOYLE, her husband of 61 years. Mary was born in 1908 on a farm in Mendon, Mich., to William and Helen BROKAW. The family later moved to Sturgis where they resided in the 200 block of West West Street near the old Central School which would play a significant role in the BROKAW-BOYLE lives. After graduating from that grand old school. Mary attended Hillsdale College where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and she received her teaching degree and certificate from Western Michigan Teachers College in Kalamazoo. While completing her student teaching assignment in Milan, Mich., she started dating a University of Michigan law student by the name of Robert E. A. BOYLE from Hornell, N.Y. Upon graduating from Michigan’s Law School in 1933, Mr. BOYLE made application to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was sworn in as a Special Agent in 1935. At that time there were only 500 agents in the entire Bureau, and all had been personally approved by Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Robert and Mary were married on June 18, 1938, in New York City where Robert was assigned. While assigned to NYC, the had a son, Stephen Robert BOYLE, in 1939. As World War II became more intense. Robert was transferred to Providence, RI, as the Assistant Special Agent in charge for that FBI Field Division. In 1943, Mary returned to Sturgis to deliver their son Michael. Following the end of World War II in 1946, Robert decided to forgo an FBI career and he and his family returned to Sturgis to put down roots. Robert opened a general law practice on the second floor of the Citizens Bank at the corner of Nottawa and Chicago Road. He later served several elected terms as the Prosecuting Attorney for St. Joseph County, and in 1971 was elected Circuit Court Judge for the county. Mary returned to teaching in 1952, and became the High School Home Economics teacher in the same school she attended as a student. At one time there were three generations of her family in that school with her two sons, herself and her mother Helen BROKAW who taught eighth grade math for 30 years. Mary was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church on Pleasant Street and Robert attended weekly Mass at Holy Angels Catholic Church on Nottawa Street. In the early 19802, Mary and Robert retired to Sun City, Ariz., where Mary’s brother Homer BROKAW resided. The BOYLES are survived by their sons Stephen and Kathleen (GOETHALS) BOYLE of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Michael and Dr. Judith BOYLE of Amelia Island, Fla. There are nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mary and Robert devoted their professional lives to education and the law, and they distinguished themselves with lives of the highest integrity and ethics. They will be sorely missed by their family and their many friends in Sturgis and Arizona. Memorials may be sent to Sturgis Public Library, 255 North Street, Sturgis, MI 40091. Burial and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery, 300 E. South St., Sturgis. 
 
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 Parents:
  Wm Brokaw (1868 - 1954)
  Helen M. Uptegrove Brokaw (1886 - 1971)
 
 Spouse:
  Robert E. A. Boyle (1908 - 1999)*
 
 Children:
  Stephen Robert Boyle (1939 - 2012)*
 
 Sibling:
  Mary Francis Brokaw Boyle (1909 - 2003)
  Homer Huntley Brokaw (1911 - 1987)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Sturgis
St. Joseph County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Dennis Lee Brokaw, Sr. L...
Record added: Apr 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88505323
Mary Francis <i>Brokaw</i> Boyle
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