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Cordelia “Deedo” Forrest Doucet

Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 16 Mar 2003 (aged 83)
Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 83454460 · View Source
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Her obituary from the March 28, 2003 Kokomo Tribune [published at Kokomo, Indiana]:

Herndon, Virginia — Cordelia "Deedo" Forrest Doucet, 83, 1206 Towlston Road, Great Falls, Virginia, died Sunday, March 16, 2003. Born December 18, 1919 at Memorial Hospital of Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Jacob Dorsey Forrest and Cordelia Koutz Mayfield.

As a baby, she moved to Warrenton, Virginia, where she lived on the 300-acre family farm owned by her father. After his untimely passing in 1927, the family moved to Chicago for a spell. Then it was back to Kokomo, where "Deedo" finished intermediate school and then attended Kokomo High School, Class of 1937. She went off to college at the University of Kentucky, where her strong grades continued and earned her a scholarship to finish her undergraduate studies at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She graduated from Radcliffe with honors in 1941. She then went to New York City to work for the Tennessee Eastman Corporation, writing advertising copy for the next nine years. In February 1950, while on a cruise to Bermuda, she met John Lyell Bruyeres Doucet, a World Bank official living in Washington, DC. There were to be married that same year on July 10.

In 1951, the couple moved from their Georgetown apartment to what would be their 20-acre rural Great Falls Virginia home. In 1960, Lyell and Cordelia adopted their first of two baby boys, René, and then Theo in 1962. Through her mother, she became a member of the family-run Kokomo Tribune Partnership. In 1972, as her boys were beginning to grow up, she started freelance writing for equestrian magazines. In 1976, one such magazine, Horse Play, asked her on as managing editor. By 1978, she was editor in chief and by 1980, she had gained controlling ownership interest of the magazine. She remained with the magazine until the onset of Parkinson's disease in 1995, which she would battle gallantly for the rest of her life.

Survivors include one sister, Cecily Williams, Beaulah, Michigan; and two sons, René and Theo Doucet, Great Falls, Virginia.

Services were held March 21, 2003 and were handled by the Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon, Virginia.

[Obituary is transcribed as written. Her mother's maiden name was Kautz. Her father died on November 7, 1930. At the time of his death, the family was residing in Chicago so 1927 is likely when they moved there and his death coming so soon after the move, I'm sure she associated the two events her whole life. Her father has no stone where he is buried, but his obituary from the Kokomo Tribune confirms when he died.]

Name: Cordelia F. Doucet
State of Issue: New York
Date of Birth: Thursday December 18, 1919
Date of Death: Sunday March 16, 2003
Est. Age at Death: 83 years, 2 months, 26 days
Last known residence:
City: Great Falls
County: Fairfax
State: Virginia
ZIP Code: 22066
Confirmation: Verified

Family Members

Gravesite Details I believe she was the wife of Major Lyle Doucet of Ottawa, Ontario, who was with the Royal Canadian Black Watch.



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