The family will be holding a private graveside service.
Betty Lou Davis was born July 13, 1930, in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Wilbur and Ileta McCumber Tock. She passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of eighty-nine.
Betty received her education and graduated from Meriden High School with the class of 1948. She and Kenneth Davis were united in marriage July 17, 1948. Betty was employed at Salsbury’s Photography Studio in Cherokee, Iowa, where she helped develop film and did oil painting touch ups for a few years before moving to Denison in 1957. Betty babysat for a few teachers’ children over the years and made time to be room mother as her daughter Kathy went through elementary school and then again as room grandma for the grandchildren.
Betty loved her family and life revolved around them. She and Kenny babysat their grandchildren, Stephanie and David, and then their great-grandchildren, Payton, Jaxson and Reagan, along with attending many of their games and swim meets. Decorating the house for the holidays, especially Christmas, brought her much enjoyment. She loved to make Christmas party trays for family and friends with homemade fudge, divinity, gumdrop cakes and chocolate drops being her favorites. Betty also enjoyed a bowl of homemade ice cream for all occasions. She also enjoyed eating out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with friends.
Betty was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a 50 plus years member of Beta Sigma Phi. She and Kenny bowled on a Thursday night mixed league and she played Bridge in an afternoon and evening group. An excellent seamstress, Betty made a lot of her daughter’s clothes as well as door decorations for family and friends. She also loved to embroider tea towels which were given as wedding or shower gifts. Dogs also brought her much pleasure as she and Kenny owned many of them over the last seventy years. Favorite television shows included: Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, westerns including The Virginian, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel and Bonanza, the Hallmark Channel movies and, of course, her soap operas, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns and Guiding Light.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one daughter, Cheryl Diane as an infant. Survivors include: her husband, Kenny Davis of Denison; one daughter, Kathy Jones and her husband, Tom of Denison; two grandchildren, Stephanie Henningsen and her husband, Dean of Weststide and David Jones and his wife, Kristi of West Des Moines; three great-grandchildren, Payton, Jaxson and Reagan Henningsen; one brother, James Tock and his wife, Donna of Ball Ground, Georgia; other relatives and friends.
A private family graveside service will be held September 19, 2020, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, Iowa.