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People’s Funeral Chapel

501 North Douty Street, Hanford, CA

OBITUARY

Opal Mae Davis

19 April, 192322 November, 2019

Our cherished mother and grandmother Opal Mae Davis passed away Friday, November 22, 2019.

She was born April 19, 1923 in Bristow, Oklahoma to Joseph and Bertha Dowdy. Opal was the fourth of eleven children. She married Lloyd Davis April 10, 1943 in Okemah, Oklahoma. They shared more than 60 years of marriage, until Lloyd's passing January 13, 2004. In 1945, during the Great Depression Opal and Lloyd moved to California they settled in Armona, where she lived until her passing.

Opal worked in the fields alongside her husband picking cotton and in her later years worked in canneries until her retirement in 1987. She liked to garden and quilt, she always had vegetables to share and beautiful flowers in her yard. She lovingly made quilts for her family thru the years. She loved to travel with her children and grandchildren. She made many trips to watch her grandchildren's sporting events and competitions.

Her love for her family was evident; she showed it in everything she did and every word she spoke. She was a true matriarch who provided unconditional love to her family. She led by example with strength and gentle wisdom. She always had a story to tell and something to share to enrich your life. Her legacy of strength, kindness and the importance of family will live on in the family she created.

She picked cotton while she was pregnant and often times with a baby strapped to her. Thru all of her hard work, she still tirelessly cared for her family cooking and c1eaming and supporting her sons in their sports. She cared for her grandchildren, passing on her cooking and baking skills. She lovingly made quilts for her family and shared that skill with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters. Time spent with Grandma may be spent playing on the floor with the spool cars she made. All of her grandchildren have memories of Grandma playing on the floor with them, with games, toys or coloring. She was extremely flexible, all grandkids had a lesson from her on how to do the splits or even back bends in her younger years. She made countless trips to Oklahoma with her family to visit. She enjoyed traveling to Blue Grass festivals. She always enjoyed traveling to watch her granddaughters sporting events and competitions. Every year all of her children and grandchildren that were in the area enjoyed Christmas breakfast at her house. She made fresh biscuits, gravy and all the fixins. When it became too hard for her to stand at the stove, she sat in a chair at the kitchen table and oversaw the cooking.

Opal is survived by her four children, Doyle (Karen) Davis, Barbara (Larry) Sawyer, Dorvel (Jolene) Davis and Dwayne Davis. Her 12 grandchildren, Shelly (Hector) Muela, Jeff Davis, Michael (Marci) Harp, Erin Vogel, Julie Martella, Richard Sawyer, James Sawyer, Shawna (Charles) Steinway, Stefani (Judd) Mynderup, Stacie (Zane) Ivie, Daniel (Rikki) Davis and Jennifer (Ethan) Williams. Her 23 great-grandchildren, Sarah Swafford, Ryan Swafford, Sondra Muela, Emily Harp, Cami Harp, Jack Vogel, Merribeth Martella, Allie Martella, Barbara Sawyer, Yuselmi Niccoletti, Dulce Campana, Benjamin Sawyer, Ellenor Sawyer, Jude Sawyer, Seth Steinway, Laney Steinway, Aubrey Mynerup, Kinsley Mynerup, Robert Ivie, Georgia Davidson, Adeline Davis, Jaxon Williams and Elijah Williams and four great-great-grandchildren Lillian, Olivia, Jonathan and Matteo. Opal is survived by her sisters, Cleffie (Clay) Wallin of Warner, Oklahoma and Mona Anac1eto from Hanford along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family extends their deepest gratitude for her caregivers Rebecca, Amanda and Lorinda for their loving care and companionship.

  • FAMILY

  • Joseph William Dowdy, Father (deceased)
  • Bertha Jewel (Godwin) Dowdy, Mother (deceased)
  • Doyle & Karen Davis, Son
  • Barbara & Larry Sawyer, Daughter
  • Dorvel & Jolene Davis, Son
  • Dwayne Davis, Son
  • Shelly & Hector Muela, Granddaughter
  • Jeff Davis, Grandson
  • Michael & Marci Harp, Grandson
  • Erin Vogel, Granddaughter
  • Julie Martella, Granddaughter
  • Richard Sawyer, Grandson
  • James Sawyer, Grandson
  • Shawna & Charles Steinway, Granddaughter
  • Stefani & Judd Mynderup, Granddaughter
  • Stacie & Zane Ivie, Granddaughter
  • Daniel & Rikki Davis, Grandson
  • Jennifer & Ethan Williams, Granddaughter
  • Sarah Swafford, Great Granddaughter
  • Ryan Swafford, Great Grandson
  • Sondra Muela, Great Granddaughter
  • Emily Harp, Great Granddaughter
  • Cami Harp, Great Granddaughter
  • Jack Vogel, Great Grandson
  • Merribeth Martella, Great Granddaughter
  • Allie Martella, Great Granddaughter
  • Barbara Sawyer, Great Granddaughter
  • Yuselmi Niccoletti, Great Granddaughter
  • Dulce Campana, Great Granddaughter
  • Benjamin Sawyer, Great Grandson
  • Ellenor Sawyer, Great Granddaughter
  • Jude Sawyer, Great Grandson
  • Seth Steinway, Great Grandson
  • Laney Steinway, Great Granddaughter
  • Aubrey Mynderup, Great Granddaughter
  • Kinsley Mynderup, Great Granddaughter
  • Robert Ivie, Great Grandson
  • Georgia Davidson, Great Granddaughter
  • Adeline Davis, Great Granddaughter
  • Jaxon Williams, Great Grandson
  • Elijah Williams, Great Grandson
  • She also leaves behind four great-great-grandchildren, Lillian, Olivia, Jonathan and Matteo.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jeff Davis
  • Jim Dowdy
  • Albert Cotner
  • Mike Blanks
  • Delbert Ray
  • Rick Berna

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, 11 December , 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 12 December , 2019

Memories

Opal Mae Davis

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Laney Steinway

December 15, 2019

Everyday I spent with her was never boring, we always found something to do or make. She even taught me how to properly touch my toes, and do a proper sit-up. When me and Stacie would go over to her house every year, a few days before thanksgiving to make pies, she taught me how to roll out the dough and pinch the crust, though I will never be as good of a crust pincher as her, she taught me well. Another memory I have that is useful, is when I was about 9 years old, she taught me how to sew, on a sewing machine. She’d always tell me “watch where the needle is, don’t let your hands get too close, don’t get too heavy of a foot now, slow it down”

Having grandma on the sidelines at basketball games, or in right field cheering me on in softball was one of the best things and it meant so much to me. I even enjoyed pushing her out to the car in the wheelchair, seeing her smile when I’d say “woo we’re on a rollercoaster” and her putting her hands up sometimes made those game days and nights even better. It’s sad knowing I won’t see her on the side lines or in right field anymore, but I know she’ll be there watching me.
There are so many more memories that I have with her, and that I will cherish forever, but those moments are my favorite.
Seeing all of you here today, knowing that she touched so many lives and created so many memories with others, brings me peace and joy during this sad time.

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Laney Steinway

December 15, 2019

Hello everyone, I’m Laney, Opal is my great grandmother, and I will be sharing some of my favorite memories that I had with her.
1 of my favorite memories was making a chocolate cake, it wasn’t just a chocolate cake like the ones you’d buy at foods co in a box and bake, it was made by scratch. It was crazy how me and her had made such a yummy cake, without looking at a box for the recipe, but it was amazing. Another memory, or memories, I will cherish are sleepovers. Me and grandma had some really fun sleepovers. I’d go over to her house and we’d play some games or bake, then we’d eat those cheddar and sour cream ruffles for dinner..shh don’t tell my mom.. We’d watch “Pink Panther” until we got tired and went to bed around 8:30ish just to get up the next morning and have some toast with peanut butter on it while we people-watched out the windows. Then we’d go out and feed the chickens or birds.

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