Marvyl Doyle was born in Clear Lake, Iowa on May 10, 1921. She graduated from Hampton High School in Hampton, Iowa in 1939 and was later accepted to National Youth America Training Corps to be trained in radio. After completing her training, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942 and became an Advanced Radio Mechanic.
In 1943, she was stationed at San Bernadino Army Airforce Base where she was enlisted in the newly-formed Women's Army Corps and Esther Herbert. In 1944, Doyle was transferred to Patterson Field, Illinois, but continued a regular correspondence and close friendship with Herbert until they reunited again in 1955.
In the mean time, while living with her partner Sue Graff, Doyle attended Drake University, graduating in 1950 with both a master's degree in Reading and Literature. In 1951, after briefly enrolling in a Ph.D. program at Ohio State University, Doyle moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where she taught at South East Junior High School.
In 1955, Doyle and Herbert reunited and in 1956, Doyle began an Ed.D. program at the University of Southern California. She graduated in 1961 and taught at several Southern California community colleges before retiring in 1981.
Marvyl Doyle died in May 2001 and is buried in Memorial Park in Joshua Tree, California.
Esther Herbert and Marvyl Doyle Papers and Photographs, Coll2013-030, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.