Eda (Ida) Svanhild Davis passed away unexpectedly on February 18, 2016.
Eda was born on February 14, 1937 to Herman and Eva Mae Lauritson in Springfield, Missouri.
After graduation from Central High School she attended Draughon's Business College and later worked for Missouri Home & Loan in Springfield. In December 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, Gary W. Davis, at Northwest Baptist Church, whereupon they moved to California.
Eda was preceded in death by her parents and son, Chris Davis of San Francisco and 2 sisters, Ingeborg Carroll of Anderson CA and Dagmar Welch of Springfield, MO.
Eda is survived by her daughter, Becky Dukellis and husband Nick of Santa Paula, CA, 2 grandsons, Nicholas Dukellis and wife Ariel of San Jose, CA and Benjamin Dukellis of Bakersfield, CA. Two sisters, Garland Gray and husband Jim of Springfield, MO and Karen Kutz and husband Richard of Joplin, MO as well as several neices and nephews and her canine sidekick Doodle.
Eda's love of the arts blossomed at an early age when she took advantage of lessons at the Springfield Art Museum. She later studied under many great artists and transferred her love of wildlife onto canvas. Later in her career she became a well known artist in California while a resident of Ridgecrest. Her painting skills were not limited to wildlife and included impressionist and Southwest lanscapes paintings.
Eda's life was greatly enriched by her many friends, both in Ridgecrest and Bakersfield. She loved going to lunch with her girlfriends, dancing at the Rasmussen Center and taking part in the Mavericks Club dances. Eda could always be counted on to blow the punchline to an old joke and had a kind word for everyone she met. She will be missed.
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