Iona "Boog" Mae Douglas

November 12, 1909 - March 7, 2010

Mrs. Douglas, known to all as “Boog,” passed away on March 7, 2010 in McKinney. She was born November 12, 1909 in the Forest Grove Community in Collin County. A descendant of the pioneer Kerby and Coffee families, her parents were Merrill P. and Mamie Pool Kerby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester L. Douglas; and her two sisters and their husbands, Marie Moore and Horace E. Moore, Sr. and Elizabeth Anne Taylor and John R. Taylor, Jr. She is survived by two nieces and their husbands, Beth Taylor Lloyd and Harold Lloyd of Houston and Jane Taylor Press and James Press of Carmine, and by her nephew, Horace E. Moore, Jr. and his wife Doris Moore of McKinney. Her surviving cousins are Violet Joyce Crouch Beaty and Mary Ann Kerby Miller, both of McKinney, and Betty Lou Crouch Hall of Richardson. Boog had a long and active career. She was chief cashier for Lone Star Gas Company for twenty-seven years. She served as City Secretary of the City of McKinney for six years and was employed by the County Clerk of Collin County and Wysong Clinic. Boog and Chester made many trips to the Rio Grande Valley to buy cotton for J. D. Bass and Sons, Cotton Brokers. They were regulars at the Trade Days at Canton, Texas where they loved to deal in collectables. In the 1970s Boog became well known as a dealer nationwide in collectable dolls, especially Madame Alexander dolls. The Dallas Morning News ran a story about her extensive doll business and dubbed her “The Doll Lady.” She was interviewed by papers and magazines many times because of her extensive knowledge of the history and development of Collin County. When she became a client of Meals on Wheels, she greatly appreciated the people who worked so hard providing meals to seniors. She was featured in several stories promoting the program and her picture and how much she loved the program was included in the Christmas card of Ross Perot's company, which was a sponsor of Meals on Wheels. Boog was a member of the Business and Professional Womens Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Abston Chapter of McKinney. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of McKinney. A celebration of Boog's 100th birthday was attended by many friends and relatives. She received a letter from the White House in which President and Mrs. Obama sent their best wishes and noted that Boog had witnessed great milestones in our Nation's history and that her life represented an important piece of the American story. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Collin County Committee on Aging (which operates the Meals on Wheels Program) at 600 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 13, 2010, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Allen, Texas.

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Boog-I loved you and Chester soooo much. I lost track of you after Chester died. I will speak on behalf of the Riley family when I say we love y a'll very much. I remember your collection of dolls and the room that was totally devoted to them and I also remember going with dad to pick out pipes for Chester for Christmas. I am glad that you are reunited with your husband. I have a picture in my house framed and on the mantle when you took my brother to Galveston. love love love love you!!!!!! Rhonda Michelle Addington, April 9, 2010 I remember waiting on you and all the young ladies at WoolWorth yesteryears on yalls coffee break. It was a joy listening to you what you and Mr. Douglas have done, or what you were going to do. And you also had that greenery on hwy 380. Hope you have found your love ones and some of the young ladies you shared with on your coffee breaks. Family she was a great person and I enjoyed waiting on her. May God Bless Linda Todd, March 29, 2010 God bless Boog! She was so much fun and a great lady. Our families were friends for so many years and I have great memories of Boog and Chester. I send sympathy and love to her family. She will have so many loved ones to welcome her in Heaven! Mary Virginia Holcomb Dickerson, March 10, 2010 Boog entertained us all with her stories of when the cousins were together and some of the things they did. When we had a birthday party for one of the cousins several years ago, Boog was still in top shape and telling memories. Boog will be missed. Cindy Stone Lamb, March 10, 2010