Malissa Beatrice Douglass

March 05, 1931 - December 07, 2020

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Thursday, December 10, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Friday, December 11, 10:30 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Malissa Beatrice “Bea” Douglass, 89, of Auburn and formerly of South Milford died Monday, December 7, 2020 at Parkview DeKalb Hospital in Auburn.

She was born March 5, 1931 in Bloomfield to Marcus Benjamin and Lestie Martha (Pafford) Hamlin.
On December 14, 1958 in Kendallville she married John W. Douglass. He preceded her in death on December 1, 2004.

Mrs. Douglass had been a baker at Milford Elementary School and retired from Parker-Hanafin in Albion.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Kendallville.

Surviving are two daughters, Charlotte (Juan Rosales) Huff of Dallas, Texas, and Traci Douglass of Ashley; two sons, Jonathan (Lisa) Douglass of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Brian Douglass of Big Turkey Lake, LaGrange; a son-in-law, George Buhler of Greenville, Texas; twelve grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; two sisters, June Stackhouse of Kendallville and Beulah Morr of Fort Wayne; and a brother, Argile (Marilyn) Hamlin of Kendallville.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Leatrice Buhler; four brothers, Walter Hamlin, John Hamlin, Eugene Hamlin, and an infant brother, Russell Hamlin; and two sisters, Frances Helms Lafferty and Oneita Bailey.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Vance Hamlin officiating. Burial will be in South Milford Cemetery.

Bea’s funeral service on Friday will also live stream on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page for those unable to attend in person.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Per the Governor, face masks are required.

Preferred memorials are to Breast Cancer Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, 340 West 10th Street, Fairbanks Hall, Suite 6200, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3082.

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Guest Book

Charlotte Huff
December 17th, 2020 8:12pm

Thank You all for your kind words. I feel such Joy & Happiness reading how many lives my mom touched over the years and in such positive ways. REJOICE with me knowing that mom is with Out LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

Dannielle Loveland
December 11th, 2020 9:19pm
South Milford

A lovely lady. So patient, kind and caring. My condolences to her family.

Joann an Roger Rutter
December 11th, 2020 3:42pm
scottsburg indiana

David Liles
December 11th, 2020 1:20pm
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada

So many memories of "Aunt" Bea as everyone called her, even though we weren't related. Remember her in the kitchen at Camp Arrowhead, Ball lake, always doing what ever needed to be done. What a sweet lady- Thoughts and prayers to all of the family and extended family as you mourn the loss of a wonderful Woman.

Julie Hamlin
December 11th, 2020 3:28am
Fort Wayne Indiana

I'm sad to hear we lost Aunt Bea. I always looked forward to seeing her and getting a hug at all the get togethers. She always made me feel welcome and happy to be there. I will miss her.

Gale and Cathy Shultz
December 11th, 2020 3:11am
Big Long Lake

So sorry to hear of Aunt Bea's passing, she was a strong, hard working woman who lived by her faith and loved her family so much. Hold on to the memories and may they bring you comfort.

Cherris F. Lehman
December 11th, 2020 12:40am
Kendallville, IN

So sorry for your loss. Bea was a wonderful sister in Christ as well as a long time friend of our family. Hugs and Prayers.

Carol Ann Elkins
December 10th, 2020 3:53pm

My heart is luv for Bea was deep ..she was like a second mother to me...she guided me through sone very difficult times in my life..which i will for ever be grateful for...I know there is a party going on up in heaven this wk ... Tracy .. Brian....I love u both so much and u are in ny prayers

Carl Dilley
December 10th, 2020 3:13am
Ashley, In

I enjoyed Bea when we were able to have church services, sure was disappoint when virus hit and couldn't come anymore.

Rex and Tammy Shultz
December 10th, 2020 3:09am

What a wonderful person Aunt Bea was. She helped in my first grade classroom, teaching children to read. She was kind with a smile for everyone she met. Our prayers are with her family during this difficult time. Remember all the great moments you had together.

Traci Lyn Douglass
December 9th, 2020 9:42pm

No tears in heaven, no tears, no tears up there! Sorrow and pain will all have flown! No tears, no tears up there. No tears in heaven will be known ! My strong tough mama taught me to be a strong Christian female warrior without being a feminist. (But I still may shed a tear down here on Earth every now and then).

Mickey and Barbara Overbaugh
December 9th, 2020 1:39pm
Lake Gage Indiana

We are so sorry to hear about Bea. She was aways kind to Barbara and me, and just fun to be around. God bless the family.

Ed Hamlin
December 9th, 2020 10:15am
Danbury CT 06810

Sincere condolences from a far away kinsman.

Janet (Helms) Townes
December 9th, 2020 3:01am
Nashville, Tennessee

It was always a joy to see Aunt Bea at family reunions, listen to her soft-speaking voice and enjoy her laugh. She was such a fine Christian lady serving as a good role model for others. Sending love and prayers for all the family at this time of her passing.

Robin Donaho
December 9th, 2020 1:33am
Sulphur Springs, Tx

I only remember meeting Aunt Bea once when I was a little girl. I remember thinking she was the nicest lady, cooked ALOT of food and she had the coolest house because her bathroom was outside. My grandparents are Don&Oneita Bailey, I'm sure they along with Gramma Hamlin, Lea and all that loved her were waiting to welcome her home. Prayers for all.

Jeff & Marnie Coffey
December 9th, 2020 1:23am

Aunt Bea was such a joy to speak with, I enjoyed being around her. She’s walking with Jesus, PTL!!

Joanna Huff
December 9th, 2020 12:22am
Allen Tx

You will be missed Grandma... Prayers to the Huff family during this time.

Joshua Huff
December 9th, 2020 12:02am
Garland, TX

Love you Grandma it's your little Joshie. I will come see you and Grandpa.

Maxie Handshoe
December 8th, 2020 11:25pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family . Bea was a wonder person. Love Maxie