Olive Marie Davis

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Davis, Olive Marie
of Phoenix, passed away on July 18th, 2014 at the age of 91. She was born on March 12, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. After starting her elementary school career in California, she moved with her family to Casa Grande, Arizona in 1929, spending the next 86 years of her life in the Phoenix/Glendale area. Peaches, as she was known to her friends and family, graduated from Glendale Union High School in 1940, attended University of Arizona and graduated from Arizona State College in 1944 with a BS in Home Economics. After teaching for a year at Glendale Union High School, she married Albert Oliver Davis, July 17, 1945, and became a homemaker, wife and mother. During her long life she was very active in the community as well. Peaches was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Glendale Chapter #20 for over 60 years. She and Albert served as Worthy Matron/Worthy Patron in 1958. As a young married couple they were both members of the 20/30 club in Glendale, Az. She was recognized by the Girl Scouts of America for having served as a leader for both of her daughter's troops. Throughout her life Peaches was a member of the Arizona Home Economists and hosted meetings of a local chapter of that organization in her home until moving to the Beatitudes in 2008. As a life long Methodist, she played in the Bell Choir at 1st Methodist Church in Phoenix for many years, retiring in her late 80s. Peaches felt the most pride in her 56 years of active membership in P.E.O. Chapter AH. Peaches served that organization as an officer in many capacities including President. After her Presidency she took part in Arizona State Reciprocity for many years. If you asked Peaches what the greatest achievement of her life was she would say her husband, children and grandchildren. The support she gave Albert during his years of teaching and musical accomplishments and her two daughters as they grew and developed their own careers and families was what she wanted to be remembered for. Peaches was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes for herself and her daughters and granddaughter throughout her life. In later years she was pressed into service making numerous costumes for school productions at Franklin Phonetic Primary. Her family, friends and travel were the most important things in her life. She and her husband crisscrossed the United States in cars and later motor homes every summer when Albert was not teaching and for fifteen years after he retired. If Peaches struck up a conversation with a stranger, which she often did, she could probably talk with them about the part of the country they were from having been there herself at some time. Peaches was predeceased by her husband of 59 years Albert Oliver Davis. She is survived by by her daughters and son in laws Penni (Tom) Wilson and Cindy (Tom) Franklin, grandchildren Toby(Yumiko) Wilson, Greg Wilson, Audrey (Neil) Wright, Alison (Jason) Alva and Melanie Arcuri and ten great grandchildren. Services will be held Friday August 1st at 1:30 PM at Beatitudes Plaza View 1616 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Olive's name to who took such wonderful care of her in her final days or First Methodist Church of Phoenix where she attended services for many years.


Published in The Arizona Republic on July 27, 2014
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