Lavona Douglas


Lavona B. (Ratzer) Douglas, of White Oak, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 18, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.  Born June 15, 1934 in McKeesport, Lavona was preceded in death by her devoted husband Harold W. "Chick" Douglas, daughter Terri Kevana, and parents John and Viola (Smith) Ratzer.  Mrs. Douglas' final days were spend at Transitions Healthcare in Irwin where her "gift of gab" helped her make great friendships with both the residents and staff.  She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon, Ridge Road Women's Club and was actively involved in her community throughout her life.  She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, served as a Girl Scout leader for Troop 161, and served various leadership roles for over 17 years for the Norwin PTA.  For over 20 years, she was the tour director of the North Huntingdon AARP #3221, organizing hundreds of tours.  Mrs. Douglas organized many happy family vacations, most notably a trip to Walt Disney World and a Disney Cruise, where she put her tour director skills into action, so even the mode of  transport was a chartered bus.  Cherished memories of her loving spirit, determination and wit, will comfort those who knew her. 
She is survived by three loving daughters Susan (Dominec) Amatangelo, of Greensburg, Candice Douglas (Bill Townsend) of North Huntingdon and Cathy (John) Pavlovic of White Oak; and eight adoring grandchilden, Heather (Keith) Bugajski, John Jr and Mark (Leah) Pavlovic, Kathryn Townsend (fiance Joe Kashurba) Christina (fiance Kyle Anderson) and David Amatangelo, Christopher and Sherri Kevana.  Lavona is also survived by a brother,  Howard (Ozzie) Ratzer, of Minnesota; sister, Donna (Timothy) Hess, of North Versailes; dear longtime family friend, James Gaudy; nieces and nephews; and many friends whose lives she touched. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children's Hospital or Heart In Hand c/o Christ United Methodist Church, where Lavona and Chick were active volunteers for the Appalachian Service Project run by their church.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Sunday from 2-8 p.m.  A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon.  PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Interment will be private.

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Pamela Sutton Gregar

Douglas family

I'm sad to hear of the loss of your sweet, wonderful mother. Knowing her and your dad for years and having them as friends with my mom and dad was wonderful. Sorry for your loss.

 Posted May 22, 2017 - 5:11pm
Pamela Sutton Gregar

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She and your dad had great times with my mom and dad. Wonderful people. You have my sympathy.

 Posted May 22, 2017 - 5:07pm
Tim and Peggie (Bytheway) Watson

Sue and family,

Her spirit is very much alive and she has been set free. Your mom has beheld the face of her Lord and Savior and all of heaven’s angels rejoiced as she entered what has been promised to believers. The beauty must be beyond words and nothing we can ever imagine could compare to what awaits us. There may be difficult days ahead as you grieve the loss of your mother and we are praying for peace and comfort to all of you. But, we must remember God’s promises. For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

 Posted May 22, 2017 - 8:55am
Teri Green-Hoover

My heart aches, I have been trying to Lavonna. May god hold you tightly in his hands as, my fair lady are truly an angel from above. Lavonna will be missed. I send my condolences to her family. Rest in Peace

 Posted May 20, 2017 - 10:15pm
Paula Dean

May you Rest In Peace. Many fond memories from Stewarsville PTA. My deepest condolences

 Posted May 20, 2017 - 2:57pm
Joan Nystrom

To the entire family:

So sorry to hear of Lavona's passing. Your dad & mom were always special to us even though we didn't see each other very often.

 Posted May 19, 2017 - 4:49pm
Sherri Kovalcin

Dear Mrs. D,
You will always be in my heart, from sleepovers to girl scouts so much of my past memories
were shaped at your house. I can remember playing gowns with Terri and Lisa and telling ghost stories
in your living room. I can remember sitting with Terri on the porch when Sue left for college and how she cried because
she would miss her so very much. There was nothing we did that you were not a part of giving your time so unselfishly
to all the kids all the time! Your home had a OPEN door policy and we sure used it! Thank you for those wonderful childhood memories. Thank you for your wonderful daughters that were so much a part of my childhood. My hope is that both you and Terri are holding each other in perfect health in the presence of our Precious Lord. Love to you and peace to your family.

 Posted May 19, 2017 - 3:23pm

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