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Open Visitation

Monday October 26th, 2020
12:00pm - 8:00pm

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Monday October 26th, 2020
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Tuesday October 27th, 2020

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Olive Davis

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Olive Lucille Reynolds was born on February 16, 1929, in Lamoni, Iowa, and was the oldest daughter of Earl (Shorty) Theamon Reynolds and Opal Lucille Puttroff. She departed this life on October 23, 2020. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1947, taught at a country school, and married Paul Fordyce Davis on December 26, 1947. They moved to a farm north of Mount Ayr in May 1948 and were blessed with two daughters, Paulette and Teresa. Olive moved from the farm to Mount Ayr in October 2001.

Olive kept busy throughout her 91 years. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, including helping her sister Lila at her flower shop. Olive was a faithful Christian and active member of the United Baptist Presbyterian Church and previously attended the Mount Ayr First Christian Church and the Tingley Christian Church. She supported many church and community fundraisers, enjoyed attending events at the Legion Hall with family and friends, played in a Canasta group for many years, and collected angels and glass hens. She was devoted to her six siblings and known for preparing delicious food, cookies, and Christmas divinity and sending cards for all occasions. One special family memory is Christmas Eve chili and oyster soup suppers by candlelight at Olive and Paul’s farm.

Olive Davis was preceded in death by her husband, parents, parents in-law Burton and Mary Davis, brothers Earl Junior (Fern) and Marvin Reynolds, sister Lila Overholtzer (Allen Richards and Jim Overholtzer), in-laws Paul Drake, Cecil Davenport, Millard Davis (Juanita), and Mary Ann (Bob) Sprague.

Olive is survived by her daughters Paulette (Randy) Weddle, Teresa (Steven) Small; 5 grandchildren Rachel (Todd) Frank, Becky (Joe) Coyner, Tara (Jeremy) Smith, Grant (Rebecca) Small, Shannon (Tom) Stendel; 11 great grandchildren Brady, Tristen, Robbie, Reggie, Kayla, Karch, Lily, Alaina, Garrett, Madeline, and Hailey; 1 great great grandchild Elijah; siblings Lou (Steve) Church, Mildred Drake, and Betty Davenport, and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and good friends and neighbors.

Memorials can be directed to the United Baptist Presbyterian Church of Mount Ayr and the Mount Ayr American Legion.

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Olive was such a soft spoken woman. I was honored to be able to sit next to her in church on the days I went. Loved listening to her stories about her and her siblings growing up. She very quickly became one of my favorite ladies. Prayers to your family Ms Olive!

Virginia Swank Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM

Olive was a great person and great Christian. She sat beside me at Wednesday night bible study faithfully contributing to our studies. Im sure going to miss her. I know she is with our Lord.

Shirley Hightshoe Oct 26 2020 12:00 AM

Olive was a wonderful lady. Great times around the card table! Sending love and prayers to all her family. She will be greatly missed.

Rev. Gwen Trullinger Oct 25 2020 12:00 AM

Olive was such a great example of Jesus' love and encouragement for others. She was such a good listener and never judged others. She was so faithful in participating in church and Bible study and always had great ideas to share. Olive will be dearly missed because she was dearly loved!

Fay A Howie Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to read of Olive's death. I became well acquainted with Olive when they attended the Tingley Christian Church. We worked on many things together. One of the bigger projects was making paraments for the church.
It has been many years since i lived in the Tingley but we still kept in contact with each other. Very pleasant person. Always difficult to lose our loved ones but you can always keep the memories of them in your heart. My condolences to all the family. May God give you comfort.

Margaret Wilkins Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM

Even though we didn't visit with each other much, I truly enjoyed being Miss Olive's next door neighbor for a little over a year. She always waved at me when she drove by or when we met each other driving down the street. She told me when I first moved in that she really enjoyed having the little ones in the neighborhood and she loved having my granddaughter stop by once in awhile! She will be greatly missed.

Carol Cason Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM