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Amanda Doyle

April 16, 1985 - June 6, 2024
Kentwood, MI

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
3:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel
2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 453-8263
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Visitation

Sunday, June 30, 2024
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel
2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 453-8263
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Ball Park Floral
8 Valley Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 459-3409
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Kind and creative, Amanda Doyle lived a life rich in family and friends. For most of her life, Amanda was upbeat, fun-loving, and laid back. Never one to judge others, Amanda preferred to quietly take the world in and be a warm person who ensured people felt safe and comfortable. Though quiet, she quickly engaged and had a great sense of humor. Her subtle, quick wit afforded levity but never in an attention-grabbing way. Amanda was loving, supportive, and accepting. She led with her heart and inspired others to do so as well. A treasured daughter, grand daughter sister, niece, cousin, companion, and friend, Amanda will long be remembered and missed by all who were blessed to know her.

1985 was the year Michael Jordan was named the NBA's "Rookie of the Year," Live Aid pop concerts in Philadelphia and London raised over 50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia, and Steven Spielberg brought The Color Purple to American theaters. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA and We Are the World, recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa, dominated the airways, while Martina Navratilova won her 100th tennis match. During this exciting time, Michael "Mike" and Terri (Nyenhuis) Doyle welcomed their daughter Amanda to their family on April 16 in Fort Hood, Texas.

After her father completed his military service, the family moved to Wyoming, Michigan, where Amanda would live throughout her life. Amanda enjoyed the good company of her older sister Angela and her younger brother Patrick. Very girly, Amanda was like a doll, and throughout her entire life, she was always well put together. Her hair and makeup were always perfect, and she was usually the best dressed in the group.

As a young child, Amanda's gifts for the arts began to shine. She loved painting and drawing and later learned to sew from her mother. She also learned to love to travel when the family frequently made the trip to Florida to visit her great-grandma in St. Petersburg and also made trips to Mike's hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Like her mom, she loved the beach and sightseeing along the coast.

Amanda attended local schools in the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools system. She bowled as a kid and played volleyball, including in high school. Some of her early jobs included being a hostess at Applebee's and then working in dietary at Waldon Woods, a senior living community. After high school, she attended Grand Rapids Community College, taking classes while trying to get into the radiology program, which she would eventually do. During this time, Amanda worked at Electric Beach, a tanning salon, where she met Chelsi Melville, who would become a lifelong friend. Through a client at Electric Beach, Amanda pursued a job as a receptionist for Bouma and worked her way into bookkeeping roles. For the last couple of years, she worked at Advantage Millwork.

For about eight years after high school, Amanda dated Nolan Rowe. They met through a friend a romance would develop over time. They were homebodies, but enjoyed the company of friends as well. They would drive around looking for houses, and when Nolan found a home, she expertly helped him decorate. Amanda had pets growing up and was very fond of animals. While with Nolan, their Shih Tzu Chloe was a favorite canine companion. The couple took a break for many years. During that time, Amanda met Chris Syrba and they dated for a few years. While in Italy, Chris and Amanda became engaged. Sadly, in November of 2021, Chris passed away.

Amanda loved traveling and taking adventures. She loved to plan for them as well - a self described planning guru. Whether taking cruises in the Caribbean, trips to Las Vegas, camping, or exploring Italy, she loved excursions and exploring the world. It was common for Amanda to pose for a picture with an animal she encountered along the way.

Last year, Amanda reunited with Nolan. The pair cooked together, making new recipes and starting a cookbook of their favorites. On their walks, they would occasionally stop alongside a nearby farm to feed the animals. They talked of their next vacation, one where she could go whale watching. She loved Christmas and said the best part was wrapping the gifts, because often the presentation is the best part. She was looking forward to signing up to wrap gifts for others.

Throughout her life, she was slow to anger and quick to forgive. Often full of joy and bubbly, she would quickly laugh at her own dry jokes. But most important, she created a safe place where people could simply be themselves around her.

Though our days with Amanda were far too few, every moment we shared proved a gift we will long treasure. As we celebrate Amanda's life, may we find much comfort in our many wonderful memories. May we also find comfort in the honor of carrying her beautiful legacy forward. Whenever we fully embrace the moment, say "yes" to adventure, choose love, embrace others with kindness, marvel at an animal, or curl up in one of the blankets she made for us, we keep Amanda's bright spirit alive and inspiring others as she so inspired each of us.

Amanda Marie Doyle, age 39, of Kentwood, passed away June 6, 2024. Amanda is survived by her parents, Mike Doyle and Terri Doyle; sister Angela (Aaron) Pease; brother Patrick Doyle; niece and nephew Grayson and Emma Pease; grandparents, Mike & Dee Doyle; aunts and uncles, Kathy Haverkamp, Tom (Julie) Doyle, Susan (Andy) Filius, Tammi Parmalee; many cousins; boyfriend, Nolan Rowe; and her longtime dear friend, Chelsi Melville. She is also survived by her cats, Neko and Loki.

Amanda is preceded in death by her grandma, Judy Nyenhuis.

Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate her life on Sunday, June 30, at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel. A service will begin at 3 PM and there will be an open house to visit with her family from 4-6 PM.

To read more about Amanda, to share a memory, or to sign her guestbook, visit www.heritagelifestory.com.