Lola B. Davis

1931-2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Lola B. Davis, 76, residing most recently in Oklahoma City, died at 1:40 a.m. Jan. 16, 2008, in Deaconess Hospital of pneumonia and kidney failure as a result of a long battle with dementia.

She was born Feb. 26, 1931, to Robert and Lela Davis in Abingdon. Lola grew up in Galesburg and spent much of her young adulthood there. She moved to Oak Park, Ill., Fond du Lac, Wis., then returned to live in the Chicago area for a time before moving to St. Louis, where she lived for eight years or so. Lola was residing in Oklahoma City since January 2001, the city of her daughter Valerie and her husband, Mark. Many loving people took care of Lola's needs the past few years, chiefly among those was her daughter Valerie. Lola was a vibrant, entertaining lady. She was active in choir with many of the Methodist churches, was an outstanding member of the Eastern Star and was actively involved with Alanon in the Lake County, Ill., area. She loved all musicals of her era, mystery novels and enjoyed knitting scarves, sweaters and afghans. She was a proficient crossword puzzle aficionado and preferred the challenge of the New York Times puzzles. She was an advocate and public speaker against domestic violence in the Lake County area.

She is survived by four of her five children, Connie Garrett of Sun Prairie, Wis., Sandra Krause of Appleton, Wis., Valerie Peterson and her husband Mark of Oklahoma City, Ola., and Stephen L. Garrett of West Bend, Wis.

Lola had 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren at the time of her death. She is survived by her brother, Robert F. Davis of Pensacola, Fla. Lola loved all of her family including her brother, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews, especially, Kathleen Ward of Henderson, Ill., daughter of her sister Winona. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Winona Coughlin; her daughter, Patricia Garrett; and her ex-husband, Richard L. Garrett.

Services will be in Galesburg in spring 2008. Lola loved, and was loved, by so many people in her life it is impossible to include all of their names. Her body was donated to Life Legacy.

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