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April 18, 1924 - August 11, 2014 A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend, Harriet Davis passed away peacefully August 11, 2014, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 90 years old. She was an accomplished homemaker, business woman, and former United States Navy WAVES. Harriet was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 18, 1924, to Harry and Stella McCarr. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Saint Paul, Minnesota in June 1942. During World War II, she answered her Nation's calling and enlisted in the US Navy as a member of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). Following training at the US Navy Training Center, Bronx, New York, and at Oklahoma A&M University, Stillwater, Okla., she was assigned to the Provost Marshal's Office in San Diego, Calif. She subsequently served as secretary to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy in Washington, D.C. For her service in the U.S. Navy, Harriet was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. On May 28, 1949, Harriet McCarr was married to Richard Davis in St. Paul, Minn. Together they raised a family of eight children. It was her husband and family that Harriet was most proud of and forever held closest. Over the years they resided in St. Paul and White Bear Lake, Minn., Palatine and Rolling Meadows, Ill., Cherry Point and Murphy, North Carolina, and Overland Park, Kan. Harriet was first and foremost a wonderful homemaker, but did hold a number of business positions. She was secretary for Little City in Palatine, executive secretary at Union Oil Corporation in Schaumburg, Ill., and secretary at St. William's Parish in Murphy, North Carolina. After putting her children through school, Harriet went on to college, and in May 1984 earned her Baccalaureate Degree from Mars Hill University in North Carolina, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Harriet is survived by her brother, Honorable Judge Harry (Genevieve) McCarr of Minneapolis; seven children, Michael (Doreen) Davis of Brooksville, Fla., Mary Schoneman of Bloomington, Ill., Elizabeth (Dr. Gregory) Rackauskas of Bloomington, Theresa (Rick) Kerwin of Antioch, Ill., Lieutenant Colonel (US Army - Retired) Patrick (Elizabeth) Davis of Overland Park, Kelly (Debbie) Davis of Overland Park, and Kathleen (Eric) Barr of Olathe, Kan.; sister-in-law, Sister Nancy Davis of St. Paul; 27 grandchildren (and seven spouses); 23 great- grandchildren; and five nephews and nieces. Harriet was preceded in death by husband, Lieutenant Colonel (USMC) Richard K. Davis; son, Captain (US Army) Casey K. Davis; parents, Harry and Stella McCarr; and sisters, Bernice Fisk and Alice McCarr. A wake will be held Friday, Aug. 22, at McGilley Memorial Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. A private family visitation will occur from 4 to 4:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary and Prayer Service which is open to all. Friends may call during an open visitation from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 14251 Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS 66223. A military burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 8300 Quivera Road, Lenexa, KS 66215. Memorial contributions may be made in Harriet's honor to the "Casey Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund" c/o American Legion Auxiliary, George Lee Post 532, PO Box 72, Hayesville, NC 28904 or directly to McGilley Memorial Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleystatelinechapel.com M
Published in Kansas City Star on Aug. 17, 2014
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