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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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