Lydia Elizabeth Davis was born Oct. 1, 1909 in Reeds, Mo., and at 103, was taken to her eternal home Jan. 27, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Erwin Davis, parents Melissa Jane and James Louis Daugherty, granddaughter Denise Whitaker, grandson Douglas Whitaker, sisters Ella Mae and Della Fay Daugherty (infant twins), Eula Oldham, Louise Knight, and Wilma Stearns; brothers James Burch and Alexander Claypool Daugherty, and nephew Roger Stearns.
She is survived by her daughter Susan Whitaker, Platte City, grandchildren Deborah Mulkey (Kevin), Victoria Arnold (Ed), Richard Whitaker; Edwin Whitaker (Brandy), and Marilyn Guajardo (Danny); great-grandchildren Ali Huff, Erich Clay, Andrea Kennison, Vincent Harmon, Erin Martinez, Josh Whitaker, James Arnold, Justin Whitaker, Carlos Blake, Alexis and Taylor Guajardo, Charles and Matthew Whitaker; great, great granddaughter Katelyn Arnold, in addition to a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends.
Elizabeth was born and raised in a farm in Jasper Count; graduated from Carthage High School and began her teaching career in New Hope, a one-room school in Jasper County. She and Edwin Erwin Davis were married in 1939 and lived on a dairy farm in Jasper County. During WW II she lived in Washington DC and worked for the Red Cross. After the war, she and Erwin lived a short time in Fort Smith AR before moving to Bolivar MO. While in Bolivar, Elizabeth completed her education, graduating in 1957 from Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College (now MSU) in Springfield. She was active in church, several community groups and taught elementary school in Bolivar until her retirement. In 1979 she returned to Carthage she was active in the church and community for 18 years. In the late 90s she moved to a retirement community in Kansas City where she lived and was active for 13 years until January 2012 when she moved to assisted living at Heritage Village in Platte City.
Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 with services to follow at 2 p.m. in the Knell Mortuary Chapel, Carthage MO. Pastor James Tauscher, Rock of Ages Ev Lutheran Church, Kansas City MO will officiate. Interment will be in Avilla Cemetery, Avilla MO. Memorial gifts are suggested to Continua Hospice or Rock of Ages Ev Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com.