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Dorothy A. Demerest

February 14, 1933 - December 21, 2020
Douglas, MI


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Dorothy Alice Demerest, 87, of Douglas passed away peacefully December 21, 2020 at home surrounded by family.

Dorothy was born February 14, 1933 at the family farm east of Glenn to Clifford and Emma Symons. She attended Glenn Area Country Elementary School and South Haven High School.

Dorothy met Marvin “Demmy” Demerest in Saugatuck and they were wed April 15, 1950. They raised their two children, Marilyn and David in Douglas.

Dorothy was very active in the Douglas Elementary School as a teacher’s aide mainly in kindergarten for 32 years. She was a part time sub for 18 years afterwards.

Marvin and Dorothy frequently traveled throughout the country by car. Dorothy was an avid gardener especially with flowers. She was a member of the Holland Seventh Day Adventist church.

Dorothy, is survived by her children; daughter Marilyn (Lou) Hebert of Saugatuck area; son, David (Gail) Demerest of Scottsdale, AZ; grandsons, Matthew (Angie) Hebert, John (Cindy) Hebert, Brandon Demerest and Ryan Demerest. Great Grandchildren, Taylor Hebert, Seth Goodrich, Tykira Riddick of Ohio and Adrienne Wesialowski of Indiana; Sister, Norma (Don)Jacobs of Naples, Florida; sister-in-law, Evelyn (Dave) Schumacher of Colville, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Marvin; her parents Clifford and Emma Symons; mother and father-in-law Lee and Elma Demerest; sister and brother-in-law Aileen (Jack) Zimmerman and Maxine (Ned) Sorenson.

A family service was held December 29, 2020 at Dykstra Funeral Home in Saugatuck. Interment was at the Douglas Cemetery. A celebration of life for both Marvin and Dorothy will occur at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saugatuck Public Schools P.O. Box 818 Douglas, MI 49406 – Attention: Kim Sharda. Make Checks payable to: Saugatuck Public Schools with Dorothy Demerest written in the memo line. The funds will be used at Douglas Elementary School for a project done in memory of Dorothy.