Donna Lee Davis, 85, of Springfield formerly of Vandalia passed away at 6:26pm, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at her home. Donna was born June 20, 1929 in Vandalia the youngest of 13 children of Charles and Lillie Watkins Strobel. Although she remained close to her parents, she was raised by her oldest sister Tina and her husband Stanley Miles. She Married Charles L. Davis, Jr. on August 15, 1946 in Mayfield, KY. He preceded her in death on February 26, 2005. Donna is survived by her daughter, Jan Jackson of Springfield; Grandchildren: Michelle (Jason) Root of Auburn, Shaun (Ashley) Dennis of Kernersville, NC, and Ryan (Anna) Dennis of Lexington, KY; Great-Grandchildren: Asher, Greyson, and Hadley Root, Carson, Michael, and Addie Dennis and Brenna Esenbock; Sister, Evelena Howard of Elkins, WV; Son-in-Law: Ron Dennis, Lexington, KY; Sisters-in-Law, Joanne Strobel, Brownstown, IL; Florence Davis, Temecula, CA; Brother-in-Law, Robert (Mona) Davis, Chatham, IL; six nephews; six nieces and beloved pet Bailey. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Terry Dennis, six sisters, five brothers, six nephews, and one niece.
Donna was employed by JS & S Shoe Factory, Crane Packing Company and the office of D.H. Rames, MD all of Vandalia. Donna was a girl scout leader and delivered meals on wheels. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, where she volunteered her time in several duties.
Donna’s greatest pleasure came from spending time with family.
Donna’s family will greet friends from 9:30-10:00am on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Hohlt & File Funeral Home, Vandalia. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Hohlt & File Funeral Home, Vandalia with Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Home Service Hospice, 720 N. Bond Street, Springfield, IL 62702-9914 or the donor’s choice.
A special thank you to Memorial Hospice, especially nurse Melissa, Dr. Randy Western’s office and to friends and neighbors who have shown their support during this difficult time.