Relationship to Me: Mother
Date of Birth: 18 Jan 1938 Place: Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York
Parents: James O'Rourke
Regina "Jean" Doyle
Date of Marriage: 6 Jun 1959 Spouse: Dennis Joseph McHugh
Number of Children: 3
Number of Grandchildren: 3
Date of Death: 13 Nov 1988 Place: Tempe, Maricopa, Arizona
Buried: 16 Nov 1988 Place: Queen of Heaven, Mesa, Arizona
Schools:Catholic School for Elementary
North Junior High School, Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Falls High School
Colato's, now known as Regal Tip by Colato; Niagara Falls, NY http://www.regaltip.com/
Greyhound Exposition Services, Phoenix, Az
Bowling into young adulthood. Even bowled with a broken right thumb at one point.
Sewing, crocheting and macrame
Drawing (a talent I first learned about only a few years before her death)
- Jean was an excellent writer, and could argue her point very effectively. This was shown in one example in a Letter to the Editor she'd written, defending the role volunteer firefighters played in fighting the Grief Bros. fire in Niagara Falls, NY in 1968. (Article can be found via http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html and searching the terms 5951 Garlow Road).
- Jean hated Catholic school. She told tales of being thought "dumb" when she asked why 2 + 2 = 4, and walking in the front door and right out the back door of the school when dropped off in the morning.
- Jean wasn't always a practicing Catholic, but she always valued the Catholic Church and its teachings.
- While she loved the guitar and once tried to learn to play one, she was less than thrilled when she first heard a guitar played in Mass as part of the regular Sunday Choir at Holy Spirit Church in Tempe, Az.
- Jean once fell asleep while floating on water. She suffered a severe sunburn.
- Later, in Arizona, Jean would sit poolside with a sweater on when it was 90° outside.
- Jean was a leadfoot behind the wheel, and was the primary reason we once drove from Buffalo, NY to Des Moines, IA in ONE DAY.
- Jean refused to wear a seatbelt unless mandated by law, and she never locked her car door if she was inside it.
- Jean knew how to dress to the nines. She was stylin'!
- Jean was an excellent cook, though she never seemed to really enjoy it.