WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. – Phyllis Mae Davis, loving wife and mother, completed her final battle in this world Feb. 12, 2013, at her home in Willow Springs, Mo. She is now living with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
She was born Oct. 2, 1939, to Kenneth and Bessie Schell, in Hatfield, Pa. Phyllis was married to Argel "Gene" Davis on Oct. 7, 1956. The couple started and raised their family in the small town of Sycamore where they taught their children to love the Lord Jesus Christ.
Phyllis will be remembered by her family as a daughter in Christ, a loving wife and mother. She served the Lord with all of her might and did her best to show God's love to those around her by kindness and her sense of humor. Phyllis enjoyed working with people, and when her children were old enough to take care of themselves, she started to work outside of the home. She worked for the "Hole 'n One" Doughnut Shop in DeKalb, where her employer and customers enjoyed her so much that she was asked to perform in a commercial which aired in the local movie theater. She then went to work for the Continental Telephone Company where she was employed for many years in the area of customer service until her retirement. She later worked for Resource Bank.
She spent most of her life in service to the Lord and to others. She attended Bethany Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and was the Sunday school superintendent.
Upon her husband Gene's retirement, the couple moved to Willow Springs where they joined the First General Baptist Church, and became active and vital members. Over a period of several years, the Lord granted her and Gene's wish of seeing their children join them by living in the Willow Springs area. Phyllis is now watching over her family and friends from heaven, in anticipation of the day that they will all be reunited. Her children said, "mom, we love you, and we will see you again one day."
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Argel E. Davis of Willow Springs; children, Patricia Lieving and her husband Michael of Willow Springs, Pamala Davis of Mountain View, Mo., Paul Davis and his wife Sarah of Willow Springs, Glenn Davis and his wife, Nelvy, of Willow Springs and Jennifer Davis of Washington. Phyllis is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Bessie (Russie) Schell; brothers, Fred Schell, Larry Schell and Glenn Schell; and sister, Lois Paynkewiscz.
The visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at First General Baptist Church, 2507 Railroad Drive in Willow Springs. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service in Willow Springs City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home in Willow Springs.