Vera Edith (Kisor) Davis

Vera Edith (Kisor) Davis


Vera Edith (Kisor) Davis was born August 23, 1912, at the home of her parents, John Aaron and Myrtel Ida (Wilson) Kisor, between Ethel and Elmer, Missouri, and passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at Northeast Regional Medical Center.

She was the last survivor of four children, having been preceded in death by brothers Ira Kisor and John Raymond (Jack) Kisor and sister, Maxine (Kisor) Atha. On June 11, 1931, she married Glen Jeremiah Davis at the courthouse in Macon, Missouri, who preceded her in death on January 26, 1972. She was also preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

Vera is survived by her only son, John J. Davis and wife RaMona (Maxwell) Davis and two grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

At the age of four, she moved to Morristown, Minnesota, where she resided until she was 15 years old. She then returned to the Ethel – Bucklin area, where she enjoyed the rigors of farm life surrounded by a community of family, friends, and neighbors with whom she developed enduring friendships. During World War II, she boxed ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Kansas City, Missouri. She cooked at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon and at Allard’s Steakhouse in New Cambria. She sewed, mended, and quilted for herself and others. She was a dedicated, active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ethel, where she served as deacon, taught Sunday School and Bible School, cleaned, prepared communion, and shoveled snow off the walks. She was initiated into Rebekah Lodge #237 of Ethel on January 20, 1948 and held all offices. She was also a member of PTA. At the age of 74, she moved Fjeld Arms Apartments, Kirksville, where she soon developed many more friendships. Her ever-present smile, genuine interest in people, love of conversation, and drive to help whenever and wherever needed, helped endear her to her new friends, which greatly contributed to her ability to live independently in her own home. In Kirksville, she volunteered for RSVP and attended Hamilton Street Baptist Church and the First Christian Church as long as she was able. She pieced countless quilts and hand-quilted well over 200. She loved to visit, read, write letters, garden on her patio, cook, and bake, play cards, watch “Wheel of Fortune” and baseball, and peel apples. She attributed her long life to the love of her family and friends and good doctors. She endowed her family with a rich legacy of lessons taught by example, among them the importance of hard work, the healing power of laughter, the rewards of loving unconditionally, and the eternal peace of faith in God. She was precious to all who knew her.

Public visitation will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.

Interment will take place at a later date at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, north of Bucklin, Missouri.

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