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Doris E. Youngs

Doris Elaine Holden Norman Youngs passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at her home in Otsego, Michigan.

Doris grew up on the Holden farm in Trowbridge Township, the daughter of Curtis William and Mildred Mae Holden. She attended Hicks School and graduated from Otsego High School in 1954. Around age 11, Doris accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior under the ministry of Uncle Bob Siegler of Rural Bible Mission. She attended Trowbridge Methodist Church throughout her youth.

Doris met her first husband, Elwyn, a Korean War veteran, and married him there in 1955. Following Elwyn’s death, she worked for Valley Metal Products in Plainwell, Michigan, where she met her husband of 62 years, David Lee Youngs. Doris and David were married in January, 1959, at Plainwell Baptist Church. They lived in Texas and Minnesota, and eventually returned to Michigan.

Doris actively served in all the churches to which she belonged, often ministering to children as well as caring for others as a pastor’s wife. She was also highly involved with her children in 4H and worked as a tutor for the Otsego Schools and the Otsego Baptist Academy. An accomplished oil painter who also enjoyed rug hooking and crafting, she was wholly devoted to her family, demonstrating her love through hard work and commitment in the home. Doris had a special sense of compassion for those in need.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Mildred, sisters, Dicia and Beverly, and brothers, Curtis Jr. and Leonard.

Doris is survived by her husband, David, sons Daniel (Lisa), Darin (Patricia), and Davin (Scott), as well as daughter, Melony (Ronald), and also 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren as well as sister-in-law, Mary Holden Hart.

Friends may meet with Doris’ family from 7-8:30 PM on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Winkel Funeral Home and also on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 AM, at Trowbridge Community Church where Doris was a member. The memorial service will follow at 11 AM.

Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery following the memorial service with Rev. Darin Youngs officiating.

Contributions in memory of Doris may be made to Trowbridge Community Church or

Wings of Hope Hospice.

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Chris and Kathy Dziepak

November 10, 2021 at 8:11 pm

Our sincere sympathies to the family. She was a lovely lady. Praise God she is healed but oh, how you will miss her!


Rich and Marleah Simons

November 10, 2021 at 8:27 pm

It has been Rich and my honor to know Doris. We lived down the road for some years until Dave and Doris moved to Otsego. Doris was a quite but spirted soul. She will be missed by many and loved by all. Our prayers and condolences goes out to the whole family.


Carol Watson

November 10, 2021 at 8:37 pm

Uncle Pete and family! I’m so sorry to here of Aunt Doris’s passing ! She will be missed ! Her laugh and beautiful smile will be missed by all! I’m sure she getting caught up with her siblings what a reunion! ! Lots of love and prayers Carol W


Debi Franklin

November 10, 2021 at 10:20 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Doris’ passing. Her welcome to heaven was a grand entrance, I am sure. She leaves a big hole in the hearts of all who loved her. I remember being at the farm house, enjoying her good cooking after a horse ride with us kids from KCHS. So very long ago!!!


Bryon and Kandy Campbell

November 10, 2021 at 10:38 pm

The Young family,,

We are so deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Doris! She was such a sweet and kind hearted lady! I always cherished my visits with her. She will be missed. You are in our hearts and prayers.


Carolyn Jordan

November 11, 2021 at 2:50 am

Dearest Youngs family- my heart goes out to each & every one of you during this difficult time. I feel so Blessed to have been able to get to visit with Doris the last few years & experience her true beauty in our Lord. I send each of you hugs of love, understanding, sympathy & thanks for letting me join your beautiful family in loving Doris. Pete- you know my heart well…. Thanks, Dear Brother.


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl)

November 11, 2021 at 10:42 am

To the family of Mrs. Doris Youngs,

Sorry to learn of your loss. When my mother died in 2000 Rev. Chuck Grauer Of Plainwell read this at my mother’s service. It was special to me and wanted to share. It was titled The Watcher by Margaret Widdemer.

She always leaned to watch for us,

Anxious if we were late.

In winter by the window,

In summer by the gate.

And though we mocked her tenderly,

Who had such foolish care,

The long way home would seem more safe

Because she waited there.

Her thoughts were all so full of us,

She never could forget!

And so I think that where she is

She must be watching yet,

Waiting till we come home to her,

Anxious if we were late,

Watching from Heaven’s window,

Leaning on Heaven’s gate.


James Stevens Jr.

November 11, 2021 at 8:06 pm

I knew both Doris and David Youngs when I was a child. Visited their country home often. Viewed them as a child, and even as I grew older, as godparents. The last time I had seen either one of them was at my sister’s high school graduation party (2006).

Upon hearing the news this morning, I found myself beyond devastated.

If you’re reading this somehow, Doris, I love you immensely. And I hope that you’re at peace ❤

I will always treasure the times we had together. Especially the time that I helped you make chocolate chip cookies and you let me have more than a fair amount of the Nestlé chips lol. And the times you sang … I can even hear your voice now. ❤


Sherri Vassau

November 13, 2021 at 11:10 pm

My heart is broken, my tears keep streaming as I mourn for my lady, Doris❣ Pastor David(A.K.A) Pete. I was honored to become a part of your lives. I was blessed that you both accepted me for who I am. I have learned and grew in a way that I have never experienced before. What it means to love and cherish your significant other with patience and dignity. I have observed and have been given the blessing of learning so much more. God, The holy spirit and Jesus as our savior. Doris with dementia, and I with two separate brain damages seemed to make a unique pair. Between the two of us, we could make the cloudiest day seem brighter with our laughing and off the wall humor.. You were my friend, my sweet lady.. We talked non stop for hours on end. Our impairments complimented each other and we united as one. We had so many great times together. As I listened to your family, and seen pictures I realized that you were right on with the many many stories you had told me. You helped me figure out how to say words out of the bible properly in a way that I understood. I will surly miss that. I Treasure every visit we had. They will be with me for ever. I will miss our chats and contagious laughing… I know you went where I once was, and am so excited for you to finally feel what I had once felt. The lords love is something you cannot explain for there are no words. I will miss you, but know deep in my soul you are free and home where you belong. In the arms of Jesus.


Dawn Wood Marshall

November 16, 2021 at 9:15 am

To my friend Melody and the Youngs family,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Doris was always a kind and loving person. She was the perfect example of “speak the truth in love”. She would say what she thought, but never in any way other than from a place of kindness and love. I will never forget a few different conversations with her over the years….she offered a different perspective based on her wisdom gained from her own experiences and faith.

There was never any doubt about her love and devotion for her family. You were the sparkle in her eyes and the joy in her voice when she spoke of you!

She was a giving, lovely lady and I will always remember one of our first 4-H cooking classes there at the Youngs hone on 104th. We walked in to a kitchen filled with the aroma of warm fruit and jars upon jars of canned peaches and something I’d never seen before….peaches AND blueberries combined! A delicious surprise and I still remember that visual as clearly as if it was yesterday.

Doris was a gift to us all for many reasons, and I hope your many happy memories bring you peace as you figure out how life is without her here in person. She will always be with you!! And we have all been blessed to have her in our lives!


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