While studying with Pyle, Ida met William J. Aylward, also a Pyle student, whom she later married. According to Aylward, her specialty during this time was portraiture. Later in her career, she was to devote her time largely to stained glass. Some of her stained glass works include one at The Madision Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in New York andsixwindows at the Pro-Cathedral of Saint John in Milwaukee, Winconsin.
In a letter to Richard Lykes, Ida Dougherty wrote about Pyle's Lectures: