Christina Inger Doyle, 77, of Chandler, passed away on 1/7/23 after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Chris was born on 6/19/45 to Sven and Karin Holm in Malmköping, Sweden. She was the youngest of five children born to the couple. Her brother and three sisters were born within three years of each other, then six years later came Chi. Her siblings teased her about being an accident (as any sibling would), but her sweet father assured her she was the one they waited for the longest.
When she was 16 she sought adventure and followed her sister, Ditta, to the United States to work as an au pair in the San Francisco area. She enjoyed her young adult years and made friends in the area. On a girls’ trip during this time she was able to meet Frank Sinatra!
In her early twenties, she worked at a bowling alley where she met her husband, Doug. The two moved to Arizona and were married in 1970. Chris loved Doug’s two boys, David and Darin. Chris and Doug together had Trish a few years after they were married, then they moved to the Alta Vista house where they would later have Treena and Sarah. They lived at that house for about 44 years and made several friends and memories during that time. Chris was a stay-at-home mom when her daughters were young. She was a Girl Scout Leader and served on the PTA at Nevitt Elementary School.
When Sarah started school, Chris began her career in School Food Service. She worked as a lunch lady at Frank Elementary School, and then worked at Rio Vista Elementary School where she worked her way up to the Kitchen Manager. She then transferred to the District Office for Roosevelt School District where she again was promoted. She retired from the school district as the Compliance Supervisor. She was passionate about child nutrition and served as the President of the Arizona School Food Association and also helped to lobby for proper nutrition in schools.
After retiring, Chris continued to serve the community. She worked at an immunization clinic and then as a teacher’s aide for Roosevelt Schools. She served on the board of a local food bank. She then worked as a caregiver for elderly clients with dementia, before her own diagnosis in 2017.
Chris loved people and was kind, welcoming, and generous. She was a Christian and attended King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe faithfully for many years. She was a wonderful cook, and her kitchen was a gathering place for friends and neighbors. She loved her Swedish heritage but also became a proud American citizen in 2001. She loved to travel and go on cruises. She supported causes that helped the poor and cared about making the world a better place. She opened her home to those who needed a place to stay. She loved her friends and family.
Chris was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Lennart Holm (Sweden); her sisters, Ann-Mari Holm (Sweden) and Birgitta Lankford (ID); and her stepsons, David and Darin Doyle (OR).
Chris is survived by her husband, Doug; her sister, Inga-Maj; her daughters, Trish (Eric), Treena (Alan) and Sarah (Jason); her 13 grandchildren: Kayla, Corey, Ryan (Amber), Nick (Kayla), Trevor, Amanda, Shay, Karin, Chris, Madison, Justin, Tristian, and Shane; 2 great grandsons: Maddox and Frankie; and many other family members and friends.
Please join us celebrating her life at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee on 2/4/23 at 10:45am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley or St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Hospice of the Valley
St. Mary's Food Bank