Mary Katherine "Molly" Doughten

April 26, 1923 - November 29, 2019
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Mary Katherine “Molly” Doughten, 96, died peacefully Friday night, November 29, 2019, at the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital. She is survived by her six children, Deborah, Susan, Ann, Ted, David, and Sally. Her late husband of 71 years, Philip, died just four months ago. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren an…

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Mary Katherine “Molly” Doughten, 96, died peacefully Friday night, November 29, 2019, at the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital. She is survived by her six children, Deborah, Susan, Ann, Ted, David, and Sally. Her late husband of 71 years, Philip, died just four months ago. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. One grandchild and her brother, John, preceded her in death.

Molly was born April 26,1923 in Belvedere, Illinois to the late Edwin and Theora Loop. She grew up there and later attended undergraduate school at DePauw University in Indiana and graduate school both at Case Western University (where she met her husband) and also at Kent State University.

Molly was driven by a curiosity to know all she could take in about the world. She traveled extensively, appreciating all the cultures that she encountered. She believed the lessons learned in Columbia or Vietnam would serve her well in understanding better the issues facing us here in Tuscarawas County.

Molly was well known here in Tuscarawas County both due to her years of teaching and her years of community service. She began her teaching career in the Indian Valley School System, but spent most of her years teaching in the New Philadelphia School Systems. In 2012, she was named The Lucille Nussdorfer Tuscarawas County Woman of the Year. She received this award for her years of volunteer work. She played a major role in bringing our branch of Kent State University to Tuscarawas County for which she received the Tuscarawas Golden Impact Award in 2018. She worked hard to establish the Buckeye Vocational Schools as well as to bring about a mental health facility guidance center to this county. Even in her last days she served on the Board of Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County and participated in such activities as YMCA hindges and twinges swimming class, book club, college club, and bridge club.

Molly never consciously thought of herself as a leader in the women’s movement. However, she was always ahead of her time, never allowing her gender to keep her from being a leader in our community or being a mother of six well accomplished children. Nothing could stifle her will and determination to make a meaningful difference in solving the problems of our families and communities.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Wednesday, December 4th from 3 to 6 p.m. A memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Molly’s memory may be directed to Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County, PO Box 466, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663, The Performing Arts Center, 330 University Drive NE, New Philadelphia, or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia.


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Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

End Time: 6:00 pm

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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A memorial service and inurnment will be held at a later date.

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Friends of the Homeless

PO Box 466
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

The Performing Arts Center

Kent State University - Tuscarawas
330 University Dr. NE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: April 26, 1923
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Sarah Donahue Ganskie (Ken) posted on 12/14/19

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. Sarah Donahue Ganskie (Ken) I know from talking with Molly that she was a Christ follower and that she is in heaven with my first husband Tom. (her nephew by marriage)and who also was a born again believer. So comforting to know that all Christ followers who knew and loved Molly will be with her soon. Our sympathy to you all.


M Mays posted on 12/10/19

Sorry for the loss of your mother. There will be an empty place in your heart for a while, but may it soon be filled with the joy of all your memories of her. On behalf of my siblings, and I, we were better for knowing her. The Mays Family


S. Reba McIntyre posted on 12/7/19

Dear Ted, Susan and Deborah and Doughten Family I met a number of years ago both your mother and father. I was so deeply impressed with your loving, activist and inspiring parents. Both Cam and I are so sorry for your loss and send condolences. They leave behind an incredible family and an incredible legacy of caring and hope in the world. So needed. Sending love from both us. Cam and Reba McIntyre


Marta Farbizo Vassiles posted on 12/6/19

To the Doughten family: We will miss seeing Molly, but we know that she is reuniting with Phil. May God bless her and grant her eternal peace. Marta Farbizo Vassiles Chrysanthe E. Vassiles


Linda DiDonato posted on 12/5/19

Ann & Family, Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a wonderful write-up in the paper and the great memories you have to cherish her life! Thoughts and Prayers.


Joan Gibson Hugo posted on 12/4/19

Debbie and all your brothers and sisters, I just saw the notice today, and am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Your parents were always so kind and giving to all we kids. I have fond memories of many afternoon and evening swimming parties in your backyard, watching our 1st colored tv shows, and days on the sailboat at Atwood Lake. Your parents led long extremely full lives of family, giving, and service to the community. Hope to see you soon.


Jeff Harris posted on 12/4/19

To the Doughten Family, Mrs. Doughten had a very important influence on my life--she actually got me going in the right direction with respect to my English proficiency. I credit her with helping me in my chosen field of the law. I also tell people she helped Cynthia (through me) stay out of remedial English classes at Ohio Wesleyan. She was a great lady and will be missed. Jeff Harris


Christie (Billman) Street posted on 12/4/19

I am so very sorry for your loss, your mother & your father were both great people they will be greatly missed. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers.


Nancy Rees posted on 12/4/19

Debbie, I never had the privilege of knowing your mother. I have heard so many stories about her kindness and love of all who came to the house for a visit. Greg and I will not be able to attend the services but we wanted you to know we are thinking of you and wishing you peace. So sorry for your loss. But she is happy now sharing heaven with your remarkable father.


Jill Russell Martinelli` posted on 12/3/19

Mrs. Doughten was the most awesome Girl Scout leader to a very large troop . She opened up her heart and her home to all of us. We worked hard but always had fun. She will be missed.


Bill High posted on 12/3/19

I served on the KSU Board with Molly and think she was a woman of incredible integrity, honesty and character. Tuscarawas County will miss her. Bill High


Ruth Joyce and Gene Zimmerly posted on 12/3/19

Dear family of Molly, Even though she led a full life, it is still hard to know that she will not be sitting behind us in church beside Phyllis. We know that she is busy up there in heaven checking on friends and your dad. We are thankful that your mother and father were a part of our lives for so many years. They will both be missed.


Cynthia K Mathias posted on 12/3/19

With deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Molly. She was truly one who inspired others to do their best. May she rest in peace on the loving arms of our Lord. Sincerely, Cindy (Watson) Mathias


Wally Morton posted on 12/3/19

Molly Doughten was one of my mom’s most respected and enjoyable friends. They loved traveling together and were both English teachers. They both had a love for life and were philanthropic for those causes that helped make the world a better place. They both believed a world without borders. In 1989 when my mom passed away and Molly became a mom to me. I kidded everyone that I was the adopted third son and the black sheep of the Doughten family. I will miss Dr. and Mrs. Doughten but will continue the voyage of life with their amazing family that I love so much! I am full of gratitude for what the Doughten family has provided to me and countless others! “A life of service is a life well and greatly lived.” Let’s all lift a toast to Phill and Molly! God Bless and Love you all, Wally


Dave & Jane Gingrich posted on 12/3/19

Ted & family, Our condolences in the loss of your mother. She was such a positive force in our community! She will be remembered fondly.


Phyllis posted on 12/3/19

Molly was an AWESOME lady.we loved her dearly. I thank Molly for everything she did to help others.


Bradley Bielski posted on 12/2/19

The Kent State Tuscarawas Community is forever grateful to Molly. She was one of the key individuals instrumental in the founding of our campus. She was a member of our Foundation Board for numerous years, serving as the Chair in the 1998-1999 year. After her retirement from the Board, she was honored with emeritus status. She was an active member of the Chestnut Society and a great supporter of our campus for over 50 years. Last year, we were able to present her with the campus Golden Impact Award during our 50th Gala celebration. Molly also served on our 50th year steering committee. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for her family and friends.


LINDA S RIZZO posted on 12/2/19

So sorry to hear about Molly pasting. I have known her family all my life. A great part of our neighborhood. Sorry for your loss to all the family. Linda (Goulder) Rizzo


Nancy harstine kleckner posted on 12/2/19

So sorry to hear this . I danced with Debby many years ago in new philly. Your mother and father were very nice people. Prayers for all the family.


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 12/2/19

To the Doughten Family, Molly was a wonderful women, always a great help at Union Hospital and with her Hubby, Dr. Doughten...He was our Doctor for years....They were the Best...Will miss her.... Carolyn Vaughn


Bev Brown posted on 12/2/19

My sympathies to Ted and all the family. Your mother left an amazing legacy and touched so many times including mine at NPHS. Bev Brown


Doug Ross posted on 12/2/19

May the soul of Molly Doughten Rest In Peace. Amen


Amanda Fontana posted on 12/2/19

I just absolutely adored Molly. I first met her 8 years ago when I started volunteering for Friends of the Homeless. I loved listening to her tell me about her life and family. She inspired me to go after my goals and to be strong and fearless in all that I do. Molly I have enjoyed getting to know you, and serving on the board with you. You have been an inspiration to many and you will be forever missed!


Hellen posted on 12/2/19

Thoughts and prayers to her family. Gods Blessings and Strength. What an amazing woman and leadership. Her kindness to help others will go on in our memories for many years to come.