Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Services scheduled for Elizabeth Davis
Word was received by Dean and Louise FROST of the death of Elizabeth DAVIS of Clarinda, mother of Dr. Ron Lee DAVIS, former
pastor of the United Presbyterian Churches of Tingley and Mount Ayr.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.
at the Ritchie Funeral Home, 222 East Washington in Clarinda.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. at
Westminster Presbyterian Church at 322 N. 16th Street in Clarinda.
Cards and correspondence may be sent to Ron L.
DAVIS, 210 Ash Avenue, Unit A., Carpenteria, CA 93013.
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May 28, 2010
OBITUARY ~ MRS. ELIZABETH REGINA (ThOMPSEN) DAVIS
1915 - 2010
Funeral services for Elizabeth DAVIS, 94, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Goldenrod
Manor, Clarinda, Iowa were held Friday, May 22, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa
with Reverend Don FISCHER officiating.
Visitation with the family was held 5-7 Thursday, May 21 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the
Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be given in her name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the
family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral
Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Elizabeth Regina DAVIS, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Elizabeth was born in Omaha, Neb., on
October 2, 1915 to Andrew Ivan and Edith Elizabeth THOMPSEN. Elizabeth graduated from Tech High School in Omaha and then
received training in preparation for her work as a secretary at Standard Blueprint Company.
Throughout her childhood and youth, Elizabeth was active in her Christian Faith and a member of the Third Presbyterian
Church in Omaha, Neb. While worshipping there, she met a Seminary Student from the Presbyterian Seminary in Omaha named
David Clarence DAVIS.
Elizabeth and D. C. Davis fell in love and were married in 1941. They were blessed with two children, Paul and Ron.
From early in her life, Elizabeth had sensed that it might be God's will for her to marry a pastor and throughout her
life, she enjoyed quietly serving alongside her husband in the ministry.
For ten years, D.C. and Elizabeth lived in the Vail/Westside area of Iowa where D.C. served as pastor of the Presbyterian
churches in these two towns. Both of their sons were born at the hospital in nearby Carroll, Iowa.
On October 1, 1948, D. C. DAVIS began his ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clarinda and served faithfully
and lovingly for twenty-five years until his death at the age of sixty-four.
Elizabeth served alongside her husband in many areas of ministry during those years. A special love for Elizabeth was
teaching Sunday School and she led many children and young people to Christ during her years of ministry at Westminster.
Elizabeth was active in Westminster Women's Association, the Mariners family ministry, Presbytery, Synod and the overall
ministry of the church. She was also a member of PEO.
Elizabeth was a wonderful, nurturing mother and found great joy in investing her life into her two sons. She was also
very involved in the lives of her grandchildren and left her imprint on their lives.
Elizabeth will always be fondly remembered as a loving, compassionate, gracious Christian woman. Her favorite verse was
Proverbs 15:1: "A soft answer turns away wrath" and she lived her life reflecting the gentle spirit of this verse. She was
always a devout woman of prayer, and her prayer ministry expanded when she was no longer able to be out of her home and
during the final two years of her life when she lived at Goldenrod Manor. She touched many lives at Goldenrod with her
positive attitude and caring ways.
Preceding Elizabeth in death were her parents; her husband, David Clarence; her son, Paul Davis; her brothers, Paul
THOMPSEN and Richard THOMPSEON and her step-mother, Fae.
Those remaining to cherish Elizabeth's memories are her son, Ron DAVIS of Santa Barbara, Calif.; sister, Margaret
GRAVES of Omaha, Neb.; brother, Bruce THOMPSEN and wife Sharon of Omaha, Neb.; daughter-in-law, Jan DAVIS of Denver,
Colo.; grandchildren, Rachael SPARKS of Santa Barbara, Calif., Nathan DAVIS of San Francisco, Calif., Shay DAVIS of San
Diego, Calif., Van DAVIS and wife Amy of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Caitlin Elizabeth, Gavin and Cameron SPARKS,
Crew and Palmer DAVIS; niece, Pam MAASSEN and husband Frank of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nephew Bill GRAVES and wife Connie of
Omaha, Neb.; many other relatives and beloved friends.
Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2012
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