Salem, MA — Cynthia Arlene Doyle-Welsh, 49, loving wife of Harlen Welsh of Salem, died at North Shore Medical Center, Salem, on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Born in Salmon, Idaho, she the daughter of Ray and Wilma (Rose) Doyle. She attended local schools in upstate New York. Cynthia attended and received her bachelor’s degree from McGill University. She then became employed as a research scientist at the Floating Hospital in Boston. Cynthia spent years at Tufts, focusing on children of premature birth. As a computer specialist, she also became the senior Y2K programmer for the Newborn Screening Program, where she specialized in new baby screening for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island. In recent years, Cynthia was the senior Web developer for a K-12 website managed by Pearson Corporation, the Family Education Network. Cynthia and her husband, Harlen, enjoyed travel to Mexico and more recently to Europe, where they spent time in Florence and Rome. As an avid skier and a natural to boot, one of Cynthia’s favorite experiences in life was a ski trip to Zermatt, Switzerland, in 1999, with some of her very best friends. As a child, she attended private school in Spain where, as she liked to say, she was repressed under Franco. As a teenage Army brat, she was the darling of C-class flights to Europe, and witnessed mid-air refueling of fighter jets and surveillance aircraft. She was, above all, her father’s daughter. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Sabrina Ann DeBree of Ketchum, Idaho; and two nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by her brother, Brian Doyle, who passed in the previous year
ARRANGEMENTS: Cynthia's funeral will be held on Friday, December 13, at 1 p.m., at Grace Episcopal Church, 385 Essex Street, Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. At her family’s request, there are no visiting hours. Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970. For her guest book, or additional information, please call 978-744-0497, or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.