Obituary-Marilyn Douglass

Marilyn Douglass, age 88, died on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Sunset Nursing Home, in Concordia, Kansas.  She was born November 5, 1935, in Aurora, Nebraska, the daughter of Ezra and Leta (Zehr) Kremer. 

Marilyn accepted Jesus as her Savior as a child and delighted in learning about the Christian life and anticipated heaven with great joy.  Marilyn attended the University of Nebraska, Kearney, and graduated from Sterling College where she met her husband, Jim of 58 years. 

One of her loves was teaching children in the elementary grades in Stromsburg, Nebraska, Hutchinson, Kansas and mostly in Concordia, Kansas.  As a substitute teacher she was known as the “poetry substitute” which was her method of beginning each class. Her final years of teaching were as a Reading Specialist.  As a ventriloquist she enjoyed her dummy, Georgie, performing for children and even with adults at times.

She enjoyed entertaining in their home, traveling to share Jesus in several states at Christian Women’s Clubs, teaching Sunday School, Bible Studies, ministering and fellowshipping at the Baptist Church.  After retirement Jim and Marilyn taught marriage classes, volunteered at Stonecroft Conference Center in Branson, and SonScape Retreat in Woodland Park, Colorado.  She participated in SasNak, U All Come, Christian Women’s Outreach, Community Concerts, Frank Carlson Library Board, and Cloud County Community College activities. She especially enjoyed CCCC women’s basketball, including hosting many international players.

Favorite memories include fishing trips to Colorado, trips to California and Minnesota to visit their children and grandchildren, touring Europe on their 40th wedding anniversary and celebrating her 50th anniversary with Jim, their kids, and grandkids at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado.

She is survived by her sons, Bradley Douglass (Keryn) of Mission Viejo, CA; Craig Douglass (Sonya) of Newton, KS; a daughter, Shelli Pearson (Mike), Rochester, MN; brothers, Dick Kremer (Judy) of Lynchburg, VA; Ron Kremer (Carol) of Central City, NE; five grandchildren, Matt Pearson (Nicole), Andrea Holm (Bryce), Nick Pearson, Kinsey Huntting (Corey), and Bryce Douglass; step grandsons, Ryan Stuchlik, Grant Stuchlik and Kyle Stuchlik; and great grandson, Noah Pearson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Jim, on August 22, 2018.

A Celebration of her life will be held at The Baptist Church in Concordia, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, with the family greeting friends beginning at 9:30. Pastors Tim Miller and Al Paredes will be  officiating. 

Inurnment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Cloud County Community College Foundation or The Baptist Church in care of the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, PO Box 606, Concordia, KS 66901.

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