Merle Joanne Davis

December 11, 1933September 29, 2021

Merle Davis of Colorado Springs Colorado, formerly San Antonio Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 29th, 2021 due to complications of dementia.

Merle is preceded in death by her parents Eual and Agnes New, brother Milton New, husband Leon Davis, grandchildren David and Katherine Orosco. Merle is survived by her four children, Kimberly Ortman, Lisa Orosco, Marcella Collier and Mark Collier, as well as her grandchildren Jason, Marissa, Alisia, Georgie, Kimberly, Erica, Sydney, Heather, Christopher, Courtney and Aaron. And 17 great grandchildren, along with numerous cousins.

Born in Mason Texas on December 11th, 1933, Merle lived most of her life in San Antonio Texas. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School where she participated in the marching band. Merle loved music. She played the piano beautifully, often for her church and local nursing homes. Her favorites included Christmas carols and old church hymns. An avid reader, Merle explored distant places and forgotten times through her collection of books. Her destination of choice was Scotland. Merle loved to go thrifting, passing that love onto several granddaughters.

Merle had a great love for animals, often taking in abandoned dogs and cats. As a young girl she had a beloved horse, Boots. Merle dedicated many years to the Girl Scouts, serving as a troop leader and district leader, where upon her retirement she was awarded a bronze statue. Outgoing and adventurous, Merle coached several girls softball teams. She was quick witted and intelligent, often debating politics and religion. Her humorous retorts will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Rest in peace Merle.

You are loved and missed, and will be remembered always.

A funeral service for Merle will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Funeraria Del Angel Roy Akers, 515 North Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78205. Following the funeral service will be a graveside service at Mission South Burial Park, 1700 SE Military Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214.

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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021


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Donna Youngblood

October 24, 2021

We called her Joanne. My cousin coached a girl's softball team in addition to all her other good works. She was a lovely lady inside and out. In the movie STARS IN MY CROWN, the song ask WILL THERE BE ANY STARS IN MY CROWN? I believe Joanne's Crown will be dazzling!

Diane Robar

October 17, 2021

JoAnne was a sweet, kind soul. I will always fondly recall our talks, our laughs and especially the wonderful memories from her visit here in Florida. It was such a pleasure to get to know her. May God rest her soul.