Judith D. Douglas 1947-2013

MILLERSBURG – Judith D. “Judi” Douglas, 66, of Millersburg, formerly of Niles, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at her home after a long illness.

She was born June 27, 1947, in Warren, the daughter of Wilbur “Red” and Rebecca Jane Smith Hudspeth.

She was united in marriage to Thomas C. Douglas of Orrville on July 8, 1990, in Athens. He survives.

She was a 1965 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, where she was the head majorette. She also twirled in many independent parades in the United States and Canada and was featured in Who’s Who in American Twirling in 1965.

Judi received her bachelor of science in education from Ohio University in 1969, and was an elementary teacher in the Niles School System from 1969 until 1999. Following her retirement, she moved to Wayne County.

Her favorite activities were shopping and attending benefit auctions in Wayne and Holmes counties. She was an active member and former deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Millersburg, and was the former chairwoman of the Holmes County Christian Women’s club.

In addition to her husband, Thomas, she is survived by her stepdaughters, Sarah Douglas (Tim) Kirk of Portage, Mich., and Katie Douglas of Brecksville; stepson Joshua Orr (Allison) Douglas of Falls Church, Va.; her grandchildren, Stella Suzanne Kirk and Theodore Douglas Kirk; her brothers, David (Saranne) Hudspeth of Roanoke, Va., and Gary (Kathy) Hudspeth of Cortland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dana Douglas (Wayne) Smith of Chagrin Falls and Suzanne Douglas (Paul) Stampley of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; nieces, Tiffany McClain of Florida and Jennifer (David) Williams of Roanoke, Va.; nephews, David James Hudspeth of Wadsworth and Jeffrey Hudspeth of Roanoke, Va.; many cousins; and her two miniature dachshunds, Maxamillion Douglas and Hans Groff Douglas.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services and burial will be held 1 p.m. today in Apple Creek Cemetery in Apple Creek with Pastor Burnetta Armour officiating. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to noon today at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville.

Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home website at www.aublefuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691, or Stanford Cancer Institute Development Office, 2700 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

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