Zelma L. Douglas, age 88, of New Paris, OH passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

She was born November 8, 1932 in Liggett, KY to the late Renfro and Thelma Ross. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend to many. She volunteered as nurse’s aide for several years at C.R. Coblentz School in New Paris; she was an Emergency Medical Technician for several years for New Paris Rescue Squad; was a Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church in New Paris; and was a very faithful member of the Eldorado Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Richard Michael Douglas; son-in-law Michael D. Carpenter; son-in-law David W. Messick; and sister Dolores Orto. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ralph Douglas of New Paris; daughter Michelle Carpenter of Elk Rapids, MI; daughter Cynthia Messick of New Paris, OH; daughter Nicole (Mark) Porter of New Paris, OH; daughter-in-law Susan Douglas of Huber Heights, OH; grandchildren: Nicholas (Katie Wibby) Carpenter, Taylor Carpenter, April Douglas, Steven (Diana) Douglas, Matthew Messick, Michelle (Michael) Eyler, Mackenzie Messick, Tyler Porter, Evan Porter, Ella Porter; and great grandchildren: Selena Douglas and Isabella Wibby.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, 226 W. Main Street, Eaton, OH. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Moler officiating. Burial will follow at Springlawn Cemetery in New Paris. Memorial contributions may be sent to Northwest Fire and Ambulance District, PO Box. , New Paris, OH 45347. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent by visiting www.gsbfuneralhome.com