Note: Leona Elizabeth (Loftus) Douglas, age 93, peacefully on Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at her home in Mt. Lebanon, with her seven children at her side. Devoted and loving wife of George A. Douglas, who died in 1977. Mrs. Douglas was born in McKees Rocks, on Jan. 18, 1909, to the late John and Mary Loftus. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward, John, Leonard, James and Wayne and her sister, Mae. A devout Roman Catholic, she was a parishioner of St. Francis DeSales Church in McKees Rocks until the formation of St. Malachy Church in Kennedy Twp. She was a member there for more than 50 years until she moved to Mt. Lebanon and attended St. Anne's Church. She is survived by her children, Diane M. Douglas McAleer, Joyce A. Douglas (Runco), Robert J. Douglas and his wife, Diana, George A. Douglas Jr. and his wife, Janyce, Paul J. Douglas, Pamela M. Douglas and Michael J. Douglas. Mrs. Douglas was the proud grandmother of 22 children (Jeff, Tim, Mary, Don, Ben, Doug, John, Pat, Jim, Beth, Amy, Dave, Jennifer, Kim, Brian, Kerri, Kelly, Anne, Meg, Mike, Emily and Sean) and great-grandmother of 29 children. Also survived by nephews, Ed Loftus, Jack Loftus, Jack Moore and Tom Moore and nieces, Eileen Wagner and Pam Loftus. As a young bride, Mrs. Douglas moved from McKees Rocks to then, very rural Forest Grove, in Robinson Twp., in 1932. She resided there for over 65 years. During her life in Forest Grove, she was active in community activities, including a charter member of the Forest Grove Community Club. She was a longtime supporter of the Ohio Valley Hospital and was at one time the president of the hospital auxiliary organization known as the Cot Club. Leona's influence on those who knew her or met her was incalculable. She was a beautiful woman of courage, true authenticity, who always took the "high road." She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and wit and also her kindness, compassion and honor. From the Douglas children - "Thanks for being Our Mother!" Friends received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Twp., (Family owned and operated since 1886). Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anne's Church, Mt. Lebanon.
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