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Pearl Davis

Annie Pearl Morrison was born February 19, 1920, to Fletcher Linwood and Annie Pearl Jenkins Morrison in Hanover County, Virginia. She passed away October 30, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, at the age of 92.

Pearl attended elementary and high school at Washington-Henry School near Mechanicsville, Virginia, graduating in 1936. She loved learning, and enjoyed being in plays and researching historical events while in school. After high school, Pearl worked at The Life Insurance Company of Virginia in Richmond.

In May, 1942, Pearl met her future husband, Royce Davis, at a military dance in Richmond, Virginia. They were married May 29, 1943, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Following Royce's discharge from the army, Royce and Pearl made their home in Mount Ayr where their daughters, Marilyn and Carol, were born. After their retirement in 1980, they moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, where Pearl lived until 2008. At that time she moved to Highland Ridge Assisted Living in Williamsburg, Iowa.

Pearl was active in the United Methodist Church, spending many years volunteering at church and community activities. She also enjoyed playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, playing scrabble, P.E.O. activities and was a life-long learner. Many people will also remember eating her wonderful orange rolls. She made friends wherever she went and was a most gracious lady with a winning smile and a ready sense of humor…a Steel Magnolia.

Preceding Pearl in death were her husband, Royce, her parents, and her siblings, Edgar, Aubrey, Dorothy, Norma, Julia, James, and Barbara.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Marilyn (James) Saville of Mount Ayr, and Carol (Mark) Eighmy of Riverside, Iowa; grandsons Doug (Suzan) Saville, Nathan (Sunny) Eighmy and Brandon (Veronica) Eighmy; and great-grandchildren Bailey and Ryan Saville, Piper, Saylor, Zoey, Fynn, Lincoln, Harrison and Blythe Eighmy; a sister, Lucille (Art) Bower; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Morrison; nieces and nephews, and many other friends and relatives.

A memorial fund has been established to the United Methodist Church or the donor's choice.

  • Open Viewing

    November 04, 2012
    1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    November 05, 2012
    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    November 05, 2012
    11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Monday November 05 2012

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Pearl lived with our family when she came to Richmond to work at Life of Va.She and I went to those USO dances and I was there when she met Frank (as he was known as then). In fact she and I went together on the train when she went to Colorado Springs to see Frank and I was continuing on to California to see my husband, Amos. Amos died this last January 30, 2012. I talked to Pearl at this time and she called me to talk sometime in the summer after her fall. I was surprised and saddened when my Christmas card was returned "undeliverable". Let me hear from you. Love, Verner

Posted by Verner Nance - Mechanicsville, VA - Longest best friend   January 08, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Marily, Carol and families,
I have many fond memories of your Mom and Dad. They were pillars in the community and I so enjoyed the Christmas parties at their house for Security State Bank employees. The homemade candy and the Orange and cinnamon rolls were wonderful. Cherish the memories. With our sympathy.
Peggy and Steve Worthington

Posted by Peggy Combs Worthington - Mt. AyrAyr, IA - Friend   November 05, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I offer my sympathy to all of you from me and the rest of the Abarr family.

Posted by Isabelle Abarr - Kansas City, MO - acquaintance   November 04, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Soon after we moved to Highland Ridge in 2009, we often sat near Pearl during the noon dinners. Before long, we became acquainted with this lovely lady whose southern accent was so charming and disarming as she often displayed a wonderfully sharp sense of humor.

Marilyn and Carol, we feel privileged to have known your Mother and to know you, her two wonderful daughters.

We will miss Pearl greatly.

Lois and John

Posted by Lois and John McMillin - Williamsburg, IA - Friends   November 03, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I so enjoyed knowing Pearl. She was a lovely lady. We became acquainted while playing Mah Jongg and later she and I would play scrabble in her apartment.

Marie Giles, who also plays Mah Jongg also sends her condolences. She was quite fond of Pearl. All of Pearl''s friends here miss her very much.

Our condolences to Marilyn, Carol and families.

Posted by Delores Mulvihill - Williamsburg   November 03, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Marilyn & Carol and families: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time. I have lots of special memories of Pearl and Royce. They were great friends to my Mom and Dad - remember many bridge games! Those Orange Rolls were something special that no one can duplicate! They were pillars of the community and so many memories of them at church. What wonderful memories you have to help you through this.

Posted by Karen Bender - Mount Ayr, IA   November 03, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Pearl was a wonderful neighbor to my parents. Growing up, we girls always looked forward to Christmas when she would bring over her wonderful orange and cinnamon sugar rolls. Marilyn and Carol, my thoughts go out to you and your families. Much love to you both. Cindy

Posted by Cindy Harover - Orlando, FL - former neighbor in Mt. Ayr   November 02, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I will miss her so much. In the last few years, we didn''t get together very often. But I had been to see her several times in Williamsburg. She had a nice apartment and was happy there. We talked about our many similar experiences over the years; we laughed together and we cried together. In the card I sent to her just days ago I said, "I hope you can me singing to you, God Be With You ''til We Meet Again."

Posted by kathleen harover - Friend   November 02, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Pearl was a very special person and was always so nice to me. She always helped us with Doug when he was little and he always was excited when it was Thursday and he could go stay with Grandmother and eat Chicken Brunswick stew. It did not take me long to figure out why Royce was kind of "full figured" because she was the best cook ever. Her cinnamon and orange rolls are legendary and she made the best cherry pie in the world. Holiday meals were also fantastic. She was so smart and could have done anything, but lucky for all of us she married Royce Davis and came to Mount Ayr. She was an important member of her community and church. Many people make jokes about their Mother-in- Law, but I know I had the best one ever and I thank her for allowing me to be a part of the family for the last 45 years . She will be missed.

Posted by James Saville - Mount Ayr, IA - son-in-law   November 02, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Pearl was a very special person. She always had a beautiful smile and never met a stranger. She and Royce always invited the bank employees to their home for the annual Security State Bank Christmas parties. Pearl''s orange rolls were delcious but her and Royce''s peanut butter fudge was awesome too.
My thoughts and prayers to Marilyn and Carol and their families.

Posted by Rosemary Hullinger - Mount Ayr, IA - friend   November 01, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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