This is to announce the passing of our beloved mother Shirley Jean Davis, resident of Junction City, Kansas. Shirley, 79, passed away Saturday, August 18th at Stormont-Vail hospital in Topeka, KS after a lengthy battle with several pulmonary emboli.
Shirley was born in Macon, Missouri in 1933, daughter of Raymond and Lucille Grant. She is preceded by her first husband, John Linn of Kirksville, MO, who passed due to illness shortly after their marriage.
Shirley is survived by her second husband of 50 years, Walter T. Davis Jr. Walter, an Army veteran, retired from service as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) after 26 years of service. Shirley was an excellent homemaker and companion throughout their years together. Their travels included postings in: Fort Bragg, NC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Nelligan Barracks, Germany, Fort Wainwright, AK, and finally, Fort Riley, KS.
Shirley is also survived by her five devoted children: James A. Davis of Los Angeles, CA, Laura Davis of Harrisonville, MO, Jeffrey Davis of Junction City, KS, Neill Davis of Los Angeles, CA, and Lenora Davis of Wasilla, AK. Their four grandchildren are Christopher Rose of Columbus, GA, Leigh Ann Betz of Jackson, MI, James A. Davis Jr. of Inglewood, CA, and Benjamin Jackson of Macon, MO. Shirley also has eight great-grandchildren.
With a fantastic work-ethic, delightful playfulness, and love of music, Shirley kept a positive attitude throughout her life. She was most often heard laughing while talking. She loved family, and worked hard her entire life to provide exceptional opportunities to her children. She retired in 1997 as the supervisor of housekeeping staff at Will Hall on Fort Riley, KS.
Shirley grew up as a member of the Bethel AME Church of Macon, MO, and more recently worshipped at Ward Chapel AME Church in Junction City, KS. She was a beloved and devoted member of the Ward Chapel family.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Hutton McElwain Funeral Home in her hometown, Macon, Missouri. Visitation begins at 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 25, 2012. The address is 301 N Rubey St, Macon, MO 63552. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted in her name to create a memorial scholarship fund for musically talented youth.
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