Evelyn L. Douglass

April 28, 1925July 31, 2018

Evelyn L. Schmidt-Douglass, 93, of Tampa, FL, formerly of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. She was born to the late Harold E. and Irene (Turine) Garrabrant on April 28, 1925 in Nyack, NY. Evelyn graduated from Nyack High School, Nyack Business School and Indiana Business College. She worked various secretarial positions including the Veterans Administration, Platka Export, Magnavox, and Lincoln Life. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, the Red Hat Society, Lincoln Ladies Alumni, and Fort Wayne Business Woman’s Association where she served as President several years in the 1980’s.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Sandra E. Lash of Newport Richey, FL, Barbara J. Schmidt Roy and her husband, Rick Roy, of Tampa, FL, and Sharon G. McLaughlin of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Lauren (Sam) Slater of Fort Wayne, Rachel (Jack) Tippman of New Haven, Amy (Zach) Richards of Fort Wayne, Jordan Grim of Orlando, FL, Halee McLaughlin of Orlando, FL, T.J. McLaughlin of Orlando, FL, and Vanessa Grim of Tampa, FL; 17 great-grandchildren and two on the way. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert E. Schmidt; beloved son, Darryl R. Schmidt; daughter-in-law, Cindy J. Kaylor-Schmidt; infant daughter, Debra F. Schmidt; sister, Irene Lydon, sister, Grace Coleman; second husband, Robert Tieman; third husband, Morton M. Douglass; and son-in-law, Gary L. Lash.

Funeral service will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Trinity English Lutheran Church (450 W. Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home (420 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Burial will follow at Lindenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross of Tampa.


  • American Heart Assocation
  • American Red Cross


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Final Resting Place Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Evelyn L. Douglass

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Doug & Vicki Welch

August 5, 2018

We are so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She called us about a month ago and we had a very nice visit. We are not going to be able to make it to the funeral as we are leaving Tues. for California and Washington to visit family. We loved hearing her talk about her childhood and her exerience living and working in Hawaii. She was ahead of the times. We stayed with your mother and Mort the last year they were in Florida together. She was a great hostess and I know she really enjoyed having us stay with them. I feel bad that we cannot be there. We send all our love to the family.
Blessing to you all,
Doug & Vicki
Uncle Mort's nephew

Sheila Hoelderle

August 3, 2018

My thoughts are with you Sandy and family. I have heard that Heaven has gained another angel. May she fly high. My prayers are with you and your family. Lauren has always spoken highly of her grandma. May you girls and your families be surrounded with love and support in this sad and difficult time. May God help ease your pain.