Martha Joan Douglass

February 09, 1924 ‒ January 20, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Martha Joan Douglass passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in The Waterford in Mansfield. She was 91.

She was born February 9, 1924 to parents Walter & Bertha (Houston) Turner in Mansfield. Joan was graduated from Mansfield Senior High. She worked in the office at H.L. Reed before marrying her husband.

She married Lawrence A. Douglass on December 1, 1942 and they spent many wonderful years together until he passed away in 1983.

Joan will be remembered as an effective local realtor. She became interested in politics and community service and was active in local Republican politics, becoming the first woman on Mansfield City Council. She then was elected to the office of State Representative. After the death of her husband, she moved to Columbus to become the receptionist for Gov. George Voinovich. After Mike DeWine and George Voinovich became Ohio senators, she was asked to be their receptionist in the Columbus office. She retired in 2000. Joan was such a positive person and touched many lives.

She was an attendee at Mansfield First Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Joan enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Clear Fork Sailing Club. She was also a member of Altrusa and DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

She is survived by children Ronald Douglass of Mansfield, Susan (Ronald) Muth of Mansfield and Melinda (David) Foster of Mammoth Lakes, CA; grandson Tyler (Sally) Muth of Potomac, MD; great-grandchildren Colin and Natalie; sister Jeanie Auxter of Mansfield; nephews Don (Carol) Burton, Jon (Christine) Burton, Mark Reinhardt, Steve Reinhardt; niece Diane (Steve) Okon.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents May and Sylvester Houston; sister Aileen Burton and her husband Charles Burton; brother-in-law Earl Auxter.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at The Waterford, OhioHealth Hospice and Servant’s Heart Caregivers.

The Douglass family will receive friends Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 10 to 12 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 350 Marion Avenue, where a Celebration of Life honoring Joan will immediately begin at 12 p.m. Pastor Mike Herring will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joan’s memory to Richland County Foundation or OhioHealth Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Joan’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Douglass family!
    We have known Joan since she lived at the Canterbury / Columbus, Ohio.
    We became very close friends with her all these years. Have always kept in touch my email, phone calls and Face Book.
    She was like a mother to me and always giving me great positive advice. We always talked about the Lord and our faith in him.
    She loved her family and all her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. They were a joy to her and loved talking about them.
    Always talked about sister Jeannie , about her church and what was going on with politics.
    Susie and Melinda were dear to her and of course there was Ron her son whom she always worried about. She always felt that Ron would pass before her. She did not want that to happen!
    We got a lot of history from her and she was a delight to be around. She will be missed but is enjoying heaven as we talked about that very often. She and her husband are together now.
    No need of a wheel chair and I can picture her now just smiling down on us!
    Farewell Joan! You lived a long happy life!
    Helga and Jim Mauler
    Palmetto, Florida

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Douglass family!
    We have known Joan since she lived at the Canterbury / Columbus, Ohio.
    We became very close friends with her all these years. Have always kept in touch my email, phone calls and Face Book.
    She was like a mother to me and always giving me great positive advice. We always talked about the Lord and our faith in him.
    She loved her family and all her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. They were a joy to her and loved talking about them.
    Always talked about sister Jeannie , about her church and what was going on with politics.
    Susie and Melinda were dear to her and of course there was Ron her son whom she always worried about. She always felt that Ron would pass before her. She did not want that to happen!
    We got a lot of history from her and she was a delight to be around. She will be missed but is enjoying heaven as we talked about that very often. She and her husband are together now.
    No need of a wheel chair and I can picture her now just smiling down on us!
    Farewell Joan! You lived a long happy life!
    Helga and Jim Mauler
    Palmetto, Florida
    Just keep the second message with our name on it and state.

  • Jeanie & Susie,

    Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for Joan in her home. She was a delightful lady who was such a blessing to us in her final days. She loved her Lord and was so excited about meeting him. It was a great honor to be able to minister to her and to your family. We will continue to hold each of you up in prayer.

    Rhonda Wicker
    Servant’s Heart Caregivers

  • To the Douglas Family, please accept my deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts. Words are so inadequate at a time like this. Memories of Joan’s service to her constituents in Richland County shall live on in our hearts and minds and will be a source of comfort at this time. Thus, we must say “Farewell”. However, Joan’s spirit shall live among us.

  • God brought Joan and I together 8 years ago. She and I spoke of this often, how fortunate we were to have each other. We both needed each other and she was there for me during some very difficult times in my life. She was my friend, my neighbor and my Ohio mom. I had the pleasure to spend a lot of time with Joan and she was a true angel. I have great memories that I will cherish. I am going to miss our morning conversations we would have while I drove to work. I loved her with all my heart. Until we meet again my sweet Joan. Sing with the angels Joan.

  • To Joan’s Family,

    Terry and I are sorry we will not be able to share in the celebration of Joan’s life as we are in Florida. She was, indeed, a special part of the Houston Family and we send you our sympathy on her passing. We will be thinking of all of you, and treasuring our memories of Joan.

    Sally and Terry Houston

  • for Jon Burton,

    I so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing, she was a wonderful friend and helped me many times.

    Phyllis Johnson

    (dictated over the telephone to Hannah Snyder)

  • Cousin Joan was a wonderful lady and always so interesting and delightful to talk to. She will be missed by many. I was so glad I got to have a short visit with her when I was at the Waterford in Aug. My deepest sympathy to you Cousin Jeannie and her wonderful children Susie, Melinda, and Ron and their families. May all your wonderful memories with her help you all in this time of sadness.

    Miriam (McCullough) Miles

  • Ron, Susie and Melinda…

    Today, after re-reading many letters from, and re-living many conversations with, your Mom over the last 25 years, one common theme was quite clear – she truly loved, and was very proud of, her 3 children. Sadly, it has been 50 years since I have seen all of you, but your Mom always made sure that I knew how you were doing in your lives and careers and with your families. Her “children’s news” always transcended even her “political news” and “genealogy news”, so you can imagine just how special it was for her to share it with others. She was loved and respected by so many, and she will be missed. My wife, Vicki, and I send to all of you our heartfelt love and sympathy.

    cousin Rick Collins
    Madison, Lake County, Ohio

  • Jeannie…

    Joan lived a wonderfully long, productive and satisfying life. She was certainly proud of being one of the “Turner Girls” or “Turner Sisters” – singers, spitfires and successes, all 3 of you. All 3 of you were blessed to have each other, and so many of us are blessed to have experienced, at different times and in different degrees, the Life, Love and Laughter that you all shared. We are wishing for you that those memories will bring you comfort. We send to you our heartfelt love and sympathy.

    Rick and Vicki Collins

  • Melinda, Ron and Susie,
    Wishing you pleasant memories of the lives you shared with such a wonderful lady.
    She truly was a great friend, and always found the good in all who had the fortunate opportunity of enjoying her company.
    She had a special way of making others, including me, feel uplifted with her conversation and caring attitude.
    I am sure you must know how often, and joyfully, she would turn the conversation to inform me of the current lives of her three children. She loved you all so much.
    So glad you introduced us, Melinda, and have never forgotten how she welcomed me into her home that day so many years ago………..a real lady of class.
    Sincerely,
    Jacques