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Regina Ann Damms (Melia, Gouran, Transue)


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Regina “Jeanie” Damms, (formerly Transue) age 77, on Monday, April 1, 2024, in Doylestown, PA. Jeanie passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side.

Jeanie was born on April 26, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA to Regina (Jean) & Thomas Melia. She grew up in Philadelphia until the age of 6 with her grandparents, Ann & Joe Vearling, then resided in Willow Grove with her mother & stepfather (Jean & Jack Gouran) and younger half siblings. Jeanie attended St. David’s School and McDevitt High School as well as Abington’s School of Nursing, Bucks County Community College School of Nursing and LaSalle School of Nursing.

Jeanie is survived by her sister, Patricia Eagles (Gouran), husband Robert Eagles, nieces Tricia Bartol (Eagles), husband Timothy Bartol (children Charlotte & Emilee), Kathryn Eagles, wife Erin Eagles (children Eliza & Maeve), Julie Gilmore (Eagles), husband Robert Gilmore (son Mason), and brother John Gouran, wife Peg Garecht, nieces Karen Platt (Gouran), husband Daniel Platt, and Stephanie Starr (Gouran), husband Matthew (daughters Olivia & Eleanor), as well as three grandsons, Quinn Transue, Sebastien Transue & Thomas Transue Jr., stepson Aaron Damms, wife Christy Damms and step-grandson Bailey Damms.

Jeanie was preceeded in death by her father, Thomas Melia, first husband, Howard Transue, stepfather John Gouran (Sr.), mother Regina Gouran (Vearling, Melia), grandparents, Ann & Joseph Vearling, sons Howard (Hank) & Thomas Transue, and second husband, Jeffrey Damms.

Jeanie dedicated her life to service of others, working as a nurse at Doylestown Hospital and as a hospice nurse in South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. She was instrumental in the creation of Doylestown Hospital’s Hospice program in the early 1980’s, with her first husband Howard Transue being one of the first home hospice patients in the late 1970’s.

Jeanie will forever be remembered for her dedication to nursing and advocation for the comfort of her hospice patients, her loyal friendship, her kindness and generosity to humans and animals, rescuing dogs and cats up until her cancer diagnosis, and her love of singing, musicals and nature.

A memorial service will be held at the Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home, 344 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive their friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Best Friends Animal Society in Jeanie’s honor.

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