Alma Lorraine Davis
January 23, 1933 – March 30, 2018
Alma Lorraine Lowrie Davis was born January 23rd, 1933 in Christine Texas, one of 14 children to Martha Knight Lowrie and John Alexander Lowrie. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William (Bill) Davis, their three daughters, Iris Davis, Ann Davis Bartnik and Andrea Davis Wilson and their respective spouses, Jon Deckard, Peter Bartnik and Jeff Lobaugh, as well as six grandchildren: Andrew, Will and Meg Bartnik, Jake and Zoe Wilson, and Coby Lobaugh. Ronnie Wilson has been like a son to Alma and Bill for years. Longtime caregiver Modou Kujabie became part of the family and has often been referred to as our "brother from another mother." Alma is also survived by 4 siblings who are all, amazingly, over the age of 80, with Dot Avant being nearly 91, Bill Lowrie 88, Lois Baldwin 83 and Jime Lowrie 80. A family with long and well lived lives.
Mom was a caregiver to everyone she knew. After raising three daughters, driving untold thousands of miles to and from piano lessons, twirling practice, band practice, cheerleading practice and lord knows what else, she moved on to taking care of every sick or elderly person she knew. She volunteered with PATH when they first began and later with Salvation Army. When she moved to Prestige Assisted Living center she would oftern walk the halls with a basket of candy on her walker, handing out treats to the other residents.
When, at age 83 Mom was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, we thought she had 6-8 months. Tough old bird that she was, she lasted nearly 2 1/2years. She will be missed greatly, but never forgotten.
The family would like to thank the Prestige Estates staff, Hospice of East Texas, and the numerous amazing folks from Home-Aid Caregivers.
A celebration of Mom's life will be held at Lloyd James Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 3rd, Visitation will be at 10AM with a service to follow at 11AM. Serving as pallbearers will be Cory Davis, Jake and Ronnie Wilson, Andrew and Will Bartnik, and Coby Lobaugh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to PATH, www.pathhelps.org. 402 W Front Street, Tyler, Texas 75702.
- Martha Knight Lowrie and John Alexander Lowrie, Parents
- William (Bill) Davis, Husband of 61 years
- Iris Davis, Daughter
- Ann Davis Bartnik, Daughter
- Andrea Davis Wilson, Daughter
- Jon Deckard, Son-in-law
- Peter Bartnik, Son-in-law
- Jeff Lobaugh, Son-in-law
- Andrew, Will and Meg Bartnik, Grandchildren
- Jake and Zoe Wilson, Grandchildren
- Cody Lobaugh, Grandson
- Dot Avant, Sister
- Bill Lowrie, Brother
- Lois Baldwin, Sister
- Jim Lowrie, Brother
- Ronnie Wilson, Like a son
- Modou Kujabie, Longtime caregiver
- Visitation Tuesday, April 3, 2018
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Alma Lorraine Davis
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April 4, 2018
I just wanted to share with Andrea, Anne, Kathy and Bill the memories that I and my family had of all the Davis family as friends and neighbors.
"Mrs. Davis" as we called Alma through even adulthood was a special friend for my mother, Mary Parks. They spent many hours conversing about the children in each family and when "Mr. Bill" was away, "Mrs. Davis" as we respectfully called her , would stop off at our house to visit with "Mrs. Parks" and they would chat over a cup of coffee and maybe a slice pie or other goodies. I am almost sure they shared each other's secrets of cooking and sewing as my mother also sewed and was endlessly in the kitchen as was "Mrs. Davis". My daughter, Julie and I lived there at home for a while and Julie and Andrea became great playmates. When we moved away and returned, they took up their playtime and as I took vacation from work, I would stay several weeks and visit with "Mrs. Davis" and family and Julie would take up where she and Andrea left off. There were indeed a lot of memories of the Davis family and all the years both my parents were there after we girls were grown and gone. My sister Marian had some fine time babysitting for Mr. and Mrs. Davis while they spent time together on a "date". And the girls had a beautiful area out there in the country to play and ride their bikes and motor scooters and ponies. I remember once when Anne or Kathy came by to take me and Julie for a ride on their scooter I was taken for a fast ride through the bushes and trees; I screamed all the way! Once Anne came riding her pony at a fast pace past our house in the pouring rain and crying all the way. I think "Ms. Davis" met her at the door w/dry clothes! Such great and sweet memories that I just had to share!
Thank you for your love and friendship over the years. God Bless All of you!