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Vivian Fesmire Davis, 98, passed away on Friday, January 17, at her home.
She was born January 28, 1915, on a homestead near Clayton, New Mexico, to Charles Wesley and Martha Jane Fesmire. They moved back to Oklahoma when she was a year old and grew up on a farm near Hammond. Mom had many fond memories of her youth, including adventures on horseback with her brother and sister, the nearby Indian reservation, her beloved paint pony, the wheat and cotton harvests, and the friends she had in the community.
Her senior year at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) was cut short due to a serious auto accident that put her into a coma for about two weeks. She made a full recovery and left school to got to work for the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Oklahoma City. It was during the Great Depression, so the dream of being a school teacher was left behind. She taught sewing instead. Soon she was transferred to San Antonio where she met Captain Melvin O. Davis. They married on December 10, 1941, three days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Captain Davis later became the commanding officer for A Company, 506th Parachute Infantry regiment, 101st Airborne Division in late 1943. Wounded in Normandy, then severely wounded in Holland, he was eventually medically discharged after 14 years of service to his country and retired as a Major in 1946. He died unexpectedly in 1967 on Christmas Day. With two children still in high school Mom had to go back to work. She worked for many years for Dillard's in the alterations department.
She eventually retired over 30 years ago and had a wealth of friends from Oklahoma, San Antonio, and Trinity Baptist Church. They are all gone now. Momma, you are loved and will be missed.
She is survived by her four children: Fred Davis (Sheila), Dave Davis (Karen Rink), Anita Terrell (Joe), and Mark Davis (Audrey). Grandchildren: Rhonda Crouch (Jeff), Kelley Davis, Adrienne Dworak (Joe), Major Vanessa Clark (Chris), Chris Van Dyk (Ashleigh), and Luke Davis. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren.
There will be a private memorial to be announced later.
Published in Express-News on Jan. 26, 2014