Adelyne Leone Douglass

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Douglass, Adelyne Leone Knosp
Our beloved mom, Adelyne Leone Knosp Douglass, was born October 8, 1930 to Rev. Herman and Anna Knosp in Murdock, Nebraska. She died Friday, January 17, 2014. The daughter of an Evangelical United Brethren minister, she attended school in Calloway and Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from high school in St. Francis, Kansas. Mom became a minister's wife herself when she married our dad, the late Rev. Russell Kent Douglass, on August 20, 1950. They were married 58 years until Dad's death in 2009. Mom was an accomplished musician playing both piano and organ. She was giving piano lessons while still in high school, and attended Westmar College in Iowa while majoring in music and accompanying the college choir. After their marriage, Mom and Dad lived in Salina, Kansas where they both attended Kansas Wesleyan University. After Dad's graduation, they moved to Denver where he attended seminary. It was here their first daughter, Joyce was born. After a brief time serving a church in St. Louis, Missouri, and also welcoming second daughter, Jaclyn, they moved to El Cajon, California in 1957. That was the beginning of serving churches in California and Arizona. Mom was able to realize a long-time dream when she returned to college in 1983, attending Arizona State University. She created her own major in the area of gerontology and graduated with honors in May 1985. This began a new career of working with the elderly community as first the activities director at Good Shepherd Villa in Mesa, and then in the newly created position of care coordinator at Lake View United Methodist Church in Sun City. Mom never rested in her pursuit of accomplishing everything to perfection! Whether in her music, baking and cooking, entertaining, or being the consummate minister's wife/partner in ministry, she gave 110%! Known far and wide for her baking abilities, she baked thousands of cookies, cakes, pies, rolls, and more! During their years in ministry, Mom served several times as president of the United Methodist Women and was active in the many groups and organizations of the church. During 1960-1966, when Dad served the Encinitas Methodist Church in California, Mom was the church organist, playing for three services every Sunday. During the last months of her life, she resided at Silver Creek Inn in Mesa where she continued to "work", as she said, and spent much of her time there comforting other residents who needed a friend. "Addy" lived a life of love, service to others, dedication to God, and devotion to her family. She is survived by her loving family who carries on her legacy---daughters Joyce Renee Gingrich and husband Gary; Jaclyn Kay Douglass; grandson Troy Gingrich, wife Lauren, and their sons Kaiden and Tyce; granddaughter Kelly and husband Larry Edwards and children Samantha, Alyssa, and Amaya; brother Dr. Glen Knosp, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. She was predeceased by her great-grandson Andre Edwards. "Big Grandma's" first great-great grandson is due in April! A celebration of her life will be held Friday, January 31 at 1:00 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church. Memorials can be made to the church designated for either the Pipes for the Organ fund or the Imagine No Malaria fund.


Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, 2014
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