The Ottumwa Courier


January 27, 2014

Eloise Davis

OTTUMWA — Marianne “Eloise” Davis, 90, of Clear Lake, Iowa, passed away on January 25, 2014, after a long illness.

Eloise was the daughter of the late Verna and Godfrey Allar; wife of the late John Charles Davis Jr.; the amazing mother of Nancy (John) Jaszewski, John (SunAe) Davis, Jeanne (John) Stachovsky, Mary (Ron) Hammond, Robert (Ann) Davis, Theresa (Gregory) Shea and David (Mary) Davis; the sister of Margie (Pete (late)) Tennyson, Betty (Harold) Bruch, Bonny (Robert) Weber, Patricia (Elroy) Fry and her late sister Helene (Roy(late)) Moser; grandmother of Andy Jaszewski, Bailey and Bennet Hammerberg, Alex Stachovsky and Katie Scott, and loved by many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Eloise was a longtime Iowan. She was the valedictorian at Thornburg High School and a graduate of Iowa Success School. She was a Mardi Gras beauty contestant judged by Bing Crosby. With John, Eloise raised seven children in Ottumwa and Cedar Rapids, working as a payroll supervisor at Life Investors and paymaster at Century Engineering. After John died, she relocated to the New Orleans area for over ten years, where she was recognized by hospice as a volunteer, was the lead talent in a commercial after Hurricane Katrina and became treasurer for SESMA at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. In 2012, Eloise moved to Clear Lake and was an active resident at Oakwood Care Center.

Please celebrate Eloise’s life with us.

Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, 216 N. Court St. in Ottumwa.

Visitation with the family present will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

To view and sign her guest book, visit

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