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Maxine (Young) Douglas

February 25, 1935 ~ November 17, 2017 (age 82)
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Maxine Douglas, 82, of Mount Vernon, IL, transitioned into God’s presence at 9:45 A.M. Friday November 17, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. Ms. Douglas was born in Earlington Kentucky, February 25, 1935 to the late William Monroe Young and Mary Eliza Clark – Hilliard – Young. 

Ms. Douglas is survived by six children; Tanya (Shirley) Young Sr., Erie V. (George) Ruffin – Patton, Ray A. Young of Milwaukee Wisconsin, Karia Young – Davis, Maverly K. Young of Tallahassee Florida, Reba J. (James) Young – Weary of Milwaukee Wisconsin, one Stepson: Ronnie Nichols and a granddaughter she helped to raise Monique K. (Eric J.) Douglas – Stuckey.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Douglas was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Eddie Douglas and by eleven siblings; four brothers; Percy Odell Hilliard Jr., George Norman Hilliard, John William Young, Vernisus Tink Young; seven sisters; Grace May Hilliard – Smith, Odessa Patana Young – Tucker, Elois Young, Erie Christine Young – Salters – Young, Louise Marie Young – Ross, Mary Helen Young – Bigsby and Betty Jean Young – Fleming.  One grandson: Jabazz Lerantz Roberson and one great – Aunt, Mahalia Syphers – Mapp. Ms. Douglas is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and twenty – nine great – grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews that dearly love her as she is the last sibling of a dynasty, a generation of twelve siblings.

Ms. Douglas accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at a young age. Thus, allowing her to show the love of God to all. She never accepted the title of a missionary yet, she did the work.

Ms. Douglas loved history and was proud to have been the Matriarch of the oldest Black family in Mount Vernon dating back to 1872.  Ms. Douglas often remarked about being the last of the longest living member of Pavey Chapel CME Church extending from the lineage of her great – Aunt Mrs. Mahalia Mapp, one of the original founders of Pavey Chapel CME Church formerly the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the Booker T. Washington School. “The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on Grand Avenue became the home of Mt. Vernon's first school for black children in 1894”: according to local historian ‘. Tom Puckett.

Ms. Douglas was a seamstress, a hairdresser and for a short time a laborer and was known lovingly to many as Dear, Madea, Aunt Maxine, Auntie and Mackie. She is dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Her homegoing will be, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 Noon, visitation will be at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon, Illinois with her Pastor Patrick Rice officiating, Eulogy will be delivered by longtime family friend Reverend Ronald Johnson of New Bethel Baptist Church of Centralia, Illinois. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. 


 Service Information

Visitation
Saturday
November 25, 2017

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
1133 Main Street
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

Funeral Service
Saturday
November 25, 2017

12:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
1133 Main Street
Mount Vernon, IL 62864


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