Marian Elizabeth Davis


OREGON – Marian Elizabeth Davis (age 96) died on July 16, 2019 at Pinecrest Community, Mount Morris.

Marian was born in Mt. Carroll on Oct. 9, 1922 to Zella (McGinty) and George Keim.

Her family moved to Chicago when she was two years old. Marian began singing in public when she was four years old and at age ten she started private singing lessons and making appearances at various churches and other events. She attended Steinmetz High School in Chicago for one year before the family moved back to Mt. Carroll.

She attended Brown's Business school in Freeport after high school. After working a short time, she married Herbert Davis of rural Savanna. They lived in Savanna for two years before moving to Mt. Carroll. She started a junior choir, sang in the adult choir, and presented musical programs.

The family moved to Oregon in 1959. Marian joined the choir at Oregon United Methodist Church, formed a junior choir and continued giving musical programs even into her later years. She continued her love of music at Pinecrest Terrace, often leading songs during activities. Marian was known as a gracious woman, always stylishly dressed with her hat and looking her best.

 She and her husband would have celebrated their 77th anniversary on July 18, 2019.

Survivors include her loving husband Herbert, sons Eric R. (Pat) Davis of Byron, Mark (Barb) Davis of Oregon, and daughter Sheila Johnson of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; grandchildren Jennifer (Richard) Boyden, Eric Ryan (Velvette) Davis, Peter (Megha Patel) Probst, Danielle Johnson; great-grandchildren Kylan Springman and Suriya Probst.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Richard Keim and Keith Keim, her sister Joyce Strength, and granddaughter Shelley Shelton.

The family wishes to thank all of her wonderful caregivers at Pinecrest Terrace for their professional and compassionate care.

A celebration of Marian's life will be held at later date.

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