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Tamala “Tammy” Kay Doyle

July 4, 1959 - August 1, 2023

Tamala “Tammy” Kay Doyle Tamala “Tammy” Kay Doyle
    August 7, 2023 | 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 East Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois
  • Funeral
  • August 8, 2023 | 10:30 A.M.
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    1145 N 5th Ave
    St. Charles, Illinois

Our beloved Tamala “Tammy” Kay Talcott Doyle, 64, passed away on August 1st, 2023, in Naperville, Illinois.

Tammy was born July 4, 1959, in Midland, Michigan to Thayre and Katie Talcott.

She was raised in Midland and was the first of Katie and Thayre’s four children.

Tammy graduated from Western Michigan University in 1982.  It was there she met the love of her life and future husband, Jim.  Tammy and Jim married in 1983 and began their grand life adventure by honeymooning at Disney World.  Jim and Tammy loved Disney throughout their marriage – taking numerous family trips and enabling their grandchildren to experience the Magic in 2023.

The Doyle family started married life in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where their son Jimmy was born in 1985.  Later that year, Jim’s career took them to Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Tammy spent time there pursuing her passion organizing countless outings for community youth and senior citizens in her role at the City of Prior Lake Recreation Department, cultivating Jimmy’s love for sports and making lifelong friends.  In 1990, Tammy and Jim relocated to Portage, Michigan, welcoming their daughter Katie shortly after the move.  Tammy was blessed with incredible friendships in Portage while volunteering at West Portage Little League, co-leading a new elementary school playground construction build, and raising her kids in what she described as a “utopian” town.  In 1994, she received a lifesaving kidney transplant at the University of Michigan thanks to her brother Tom’s kidney donation.  Incredibly, her brother Terry also successfully donated a kidney to their sister Tracy approximately a decade before.

In 1999, the family moved again to St. Charles, Illinois.  Jim’s Chicago-based family embraced Tammy during annual vacations to Sister Lakes, Michigan, and countless family parties in the Chicagoland area.  Tammy once again made lifelong friends in “STC” during travel soccer tournament trips, Saints baseball games, and her 22 years working at Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care.

She became a grandmother in 2017 to Quinn, with Carson (2019), Emily (2022) and Lucy (2022) following closely behind.  The four grandchildren became the light of her life.  She shared her love with her grandchildren through making crafts, baking cookies, playing games, and encouraging them to push the limit of their bedtimes.

While Tammy was young, the Talcott family made annual trips in July to Rudyard, Michigan to celebrate her beloved Grandmother Linne’s birthday – Grandma Muu-Muu.  Tammy was incredibly creative and talented; she had the imagination for big ideas and the skillset to make them a reality.  During her youth, she was a very talented figure skater – spending hours at cold rinks pursuing her passion and making lifelong friends.  Her creativity showed as she often made and tailored her skating costumes.  Her children and grandchildren then were blessed to benefit from her creativity via countless homemade Halloween costumes, elaborately themed birthday parties, and unbelievable weddings, wedding showers and baby showers.  Tammy continued to be both incredibly giving and tremendously close to her family and friends throughout her life.  She jumped into acts of kindness where she saw a need – whether knitting a quilt for a new parent, organizing a niece’s graduation party, or sending encouraging messages to her children’s friends.

There is a Finnish concept of “SISU”, which roughly translates to white-knuckled strength and determination despite long odds.  Tammy embodied SISU throughout her battle with the rare neuroendocrine cancer tumors that were found in February 2023.

Tammy is survived by husband, Jim, two children, Jim (Tiffany) Doyle and Katie (John) Gast, four grandchildren, Quinn, Carson and Lucy Doyle and Emily Gast, her parents, Thayre and Katie Talcott, a sister, Tracy (Steve) Perry, two brothers, Terry (Cindy) and Tom Talcott (Dawn Boomer), her in-law’s Tom and Rose Doyle, sister-in-law Diane (Gene) Egan, and brother-in-law Tom (Nancy) Doyle and several nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, August 7th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Yurs Funeral Home (405 East Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois).  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 8th at 10:30 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St Charles, Illinois, with a luncheon at the Church immediately following the service.   A Memorial Service will be held at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland, Michigan, on August 19th with 10:00 AM Visitation, 11:00 AM Service and a luncheon at the Church following the Service. An Inurnment Service will occur after the Funeral.

Tammy’s kindness ensured that she was accepting of all; and the world was a better place because she was a part of it.  Because Tammy always wanted to leave things better than when she found them, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, you hug your family, be kind to others, and do a good deed.

Funeral Services will be live-streamed on the Bethlehem Lutheran Church YouTube channel.  Link at:


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"My heart is broken for my Dearest Friend and her family, Talcott, Perry and Doyle families. Tammy was taken too soon. I hope your beautiful memories help you through this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone through all of this. My sincerest condolences. I love you, BFF."

Marybeth Ochoa from chicago, IL

"Tammy has left such a loving presence in all our hearts. She was always full of sunshine and joy that will never be gone. She was truly an incredible woman, full of love and kindness. She will be immensely missed. Take comfort in how much she, and your whole family, is loved. Our deepest condolences."

Tom Blizzard from Joliet, IL

"May God bless Tammy and your entire family!!! Our deepest condolences from me and Nicki and Tommy and Connor!!!! We just wish we had the opportunity to have gotten to know her better over the years because she definitely would have left an indelible impact in our lives, may God bless Tammy🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏"

Kevin Allen-SHANEYFELT from Birmingham , MI

"Dear Doyle Family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Tammy. I will always cherish the fond memories of the time we spent together at MHS. With warmest personal regards. Kevin"

Katherine Ritter from Sugar Grove, IL

"Love you always Tammy"

Susan Sandy-Crowell from Kalamazoo, MI

"I pray that loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength."

Joe, Stephanie, and Emma Nieciak from Brooklyn, NY

"The passing of Tammy hit me much harder than most because I can honestly say that she was one of the kindest and most caring people I've encountered in my entire life.When I would see her at family parties as a kid, she always brought such a joyous, happy, and kind aura to the room. She was such a good and caring soul.When my daughter was born far from home in Brooklyn, NY during COVID, she went above and beyond to help organize a virtual baby shower to keep me connected to my Chicago area family- something I will never forget.She was an amazing person, mother, grandmother and fully encapsulated what it meant to be kind, accepting, and loving to others. We can all really take a lesson from Tammy's life, and apply it to our own, as a prime example of what it means to be good to others.My deepest and most sincere condolences go out to the Doyle and Talcott families. It is always hard losing a loved one, but especially so when someone is as loving, genuine, and caring as Tammy. She will always be with you, and until you meet her again- remember that her amazing life really left an impact on the people that she so generously helped.Love Always, Joe, Stephanie, and Emma Nieciak"

Dan and Tracey Stellato from Peoria, AZ

"Jim and family, Please accept our condolences on the passing of Tammy. We were so saddened to hear this news. She was a wonderful person and a pleasure to know. May your wonderful memories help through this very difficult time. 🙏🙏"

Pat Kafka from DeKalb, IL, IL

"JimI am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. Sending healing prayers and comfort during this tough time.Pat Kafka"

Mary Vanderberg (VanBuskirk) from Kalamazoo , MI

"I’m so sorry to hear this. Tammy was an amazing woman. She brightened my 3 year olds day so many years ago with a very thoughtful goodie bag when she was in the hospital. Jim, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers for strength and much love during this very difficult time. Hope to see you in Midland."

Marcia Neil from Bolingbrook, IL

"Tammy was a consistently wonderful, kind, and hard-working coworker through all the years I’ve known her at the CCCs/ICCs. We’ll sincerely miss her."

MIKE FOLLIARD from Tinley Park, IL

"Jim and the Doyle family, I'm so sorry to hear of Tammy's passing. May the loving memories of Tammy give you comfort and help the healing. Wishing the Doyle family strength at this most difficult time.Follz"

Ashley (Miller) Smith from Alexandria, VA

"My heart goes out to Katie and the rest of the Doyle family. Mrs. Doyle was one of the kindest people and it was such an honor to get to spend a bit of time with her and her daughter. May her memory be a blessing."

Sue Miller from Greensboro, GA

"Katie-I’m so sorry to hear that your mom has passed away. I have many fond memories of her during our time in St. Charles. She always had a smile and a positive attitude which was contagious. I’m sure you and your family have many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. I send my deepest sympathy to you all."

Tammy S from Troy, MI

"So very sorry to hear of your loss. I met Tammy once at Katelyn and Kyle’s wedding but have known of her because of Tracy. Such an incredible women, joyful and optimistic. Befriended me that day. Praying for your family, what a beautiful lady. Blessings to you all"

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