SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Lois (Bolton) Davis, age 81 of Sioux Falls, S.D., joyfully joined her Savior on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.
She was born on Sept. 9, 1926, in Bloomfield, Neb., to William and Helene (Nieburg) Bolton, and grew up on a farm with her four brothers, one sister and 10 half-siblings. Going to stay with her aunt and uncle at their farm in Arlington, Neb., for several summers with her mom and youngest brother were favorite childhood memories.
Lois attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield and graduated from eighth grade at the Lutheran School. She often spoke of the harsh teacher Mr. Fiernhaber but thanked him for making them memorize Bible verses. "There's nothing that replaces memory work," she would often say!
After graduating from high school in 1945, she moved to Omaha, Neb., to live with her sister, Mick and begin working at Fuchs Office Supply. This was not a job she enjoyed and within a short time she had been hired as a tele-type operator by the CB and Q railroad.
It was here that she met John "Jerry" Davis and they were married Jan. 12, 1947, in Ottumwa, Iowa. Their first child, John Robert, preceded Lois in death. John "Jerry" and Lois moved to McCook, Neb., in 1948. It was there that they raised their family of seven children.
Lois was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church serving in the LWML, LLL, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, quilted for Lutheran World Relief and was known for the pies that she would make for church dinners. She assisted Jerry in teaching Bethel Bible series, Crossways and Life Light.
Her favorite past-times included sewing for her children and grandchildren, needlepoint, quilting, baking and helping her family in any way she could. As their children grew and left home, she looked forward to them returning to celebrate holidays together and having a houseful of family. Lois also enjoyed playing cards and was as competitive as they come.
She is survived by her husband John, of 61 years; children, Pam (Steve) Haase, of Champagne, Ill., Clyde (Mari) Davis of Lincoln, James (Connie) Davis of Keller, Texas, Phil (Sue) Davis of Fort Worth, Texas, Carmen (Kent) Stephens of Wichita, Kan., Steve (Cindy) Davis of Harrisburg, S.D., and Tim (Tami) Davis of Harrisburg, S.D.; 24 grand-children; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at Christ Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, S.D. Internment will be at 2:45 p.m., Monday afternoon at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Family will greet friends on Monday from 10 a.m. to the time of service at Christ Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Sentiments may be sent to the family at www.georgeboom.com. ;
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been requested to the LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League).
George Boom Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, S.D., is in charge of arrangements.