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Doris Delight 'Dee Dee' Sivula Hingston

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Doris Delight "Dee Dee" Sivula Hingston, 91, passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2016, of natural causes.

Dee Dee was born on April 26, 1924, in Ironwood, Mich. She was the youngest of three children born to Dr. Matthew O. Sivula and his wife, Edith Christian Sivula.

Her sister, Faye Sivula Krznarich (Joseph Krznarich); and brother, John Matthew Sivula (Margie Sivula), preceded her in death.

Dee Dee graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., where she met and married The Reverend Allen Robert Hingston, an Episcopal priest. They enjoyed a marvelous life together, raising their four children first in Batavia, Ill., and then Kansas City, Mo.

In 1969, the family relocated to Coconut Grove, where Allen was the rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Dee Dee taught music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School and later worked as the school secretary, where she was well loved by the students and faculty alike for her understanding and kindness.

Dee Dee also worked as the assistant to the principal at St. Agnes Academy on Key Biscayne, where again her caring nature was felt by everyone.

Dee Dee and Allen were fortunate to spend time traveling in Europe and especially loved their many trips with friends touring England and Ireland. After Allen's passing in 1995 after 47 years of marriage, Dee Dee remained active and involved both in the church and in the community as a member of the Women's Club of Coconut Grove. She continued to travel the world and attended the high school graduations of both of her grandchildren in front of the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.

Dee Dee was able to watch her granddaughter compete in a softball tournament in London and toured Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, with her family. Dee Dee loved family time cruising the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

In 2002, Dee Dee transitioned to life at St. Andrew's Estates in Boca Raton. She was constantly inspired by the many friends she met at St. Andrew's. She participated in a wide variety of activities, from bingo to tai chi.

Dee Dee was a dedicated supporter of Friends of the Classics, a group that brings musicians to perform at St. Andrew's. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. Although Dee Dee maintained her strong connection to St. Stephen's in Coconut Grove, she was also a faithful member of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Boca Raton, after her move to St. Andrew's.

Dee Dee was enormously proud of her family, a son, Robert Allen Hingston, Pinecrest; daughters, Debbie Hingston Dolson, Coconut Grove, Karen Hingston Padgett, LaFayette, Ga., Kristin Susan Hingston, Coral Springs; sons-in-law, John Conrad Dolson, Coconut Grove, Edgar Allen Padgett, LaFayette; grandchildren, Joshua Allen Dolson and his wife, Noemi Castellanos Dolson, Tampa, Kristin Dolson Hinrichs and her husband, Jon Dieter Hinrichs, Gaithersburg, Md.

Her most recent joy was the birth of her great-grandson, Conrad Joshua Dolson, just 10 weeks ago in Tampa.

Dee Dee was an immensely kind and gracious person who always thought of others first. She was the family matriarch and the "Queen Bee" to the end. She leaves a legacy of grace and strength and had a positive impact on everyone around her. It is said that memories are a way to hold on to the ones we love. Dee Dee left us with countless precious memories in our hearts.

Memorial donations in Dee Dee's honor may be made to the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Research or the American Heart Association.

Please join the family March 6, 2016, when Dee Dee will be remembered at a 10:30 a.m. service at St. Episcopal Church, Coconut Grove.

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