Christine Charlotte Douglass, 73, of Northampton, died on Oct. 31, 2018, in Bay State Medical Center, Springfield. Born on May 14, 1945, in Chicago, she was the third of five children of Benjamin and Elizabeth Douglass and grew up in Oak Park. She earned a degree in biology from the University of Michigan and arrived in Western Massachusetts soon after. She lived in Worthington then moved to Northampton where she lived for the past 32 years. She worked in a number of fields, most of them related to health care, which best reflected her desire to care for people of all stripes and share her warmth and attention. An avid weaver, she was a lover of music and the English language. In middle age, she resumed her childhood pursuit of the cello, which she enjoyed playing in small local ensembles and with friends. She also sang in the Hampshire Choral Society for the past several decades. Her love of literature was complemented by a loving insistence on grammatical precision inherited from her mother. 

She will be best remembered for her kindness and generosity of spirit. While she did not practice the religion of her childhood, she had a truly spiritual nature. The greatest joy of her later years was the birth of granddaughters, Charlotte and Catherine, with whom she spent as much time as she could in Northampton and in their home in New York City. Just weeks before her passing, she finished construction on a treehouse and playset so they would always feel like “Nai Nai’s house” was a second home to them. 

Christine Douglass leaves behind a son, Matthew McGuire; his wife, Mingke Wang; their daughters, Charlotte and Catherine; her siblings, Catherine Douglass, Constance Harvard and Bruce Douglass; her former partner, James McGuire; many nieces and nephews; a universe of friends; and her beloved dachshunds and cats. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Benjamin Jr. She was an organ donor and her remains will be cremated and her ashes spread in private ceremonies at places of significance to her and her family in Massachusetts and Michigan. 

The family appreciates memorial donations to the Dakin Humane Society, 163 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054. Alternatively, friends and loved ones may honor her life by caring for one another, being kind to animals and those in need, and promoting harmony and peace in the world.

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