Donna Lee (Strobel) Davis (1929 - 2015)

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Donna Lee Davis, 85, of Springfield, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 6:26 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the family residence.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Burial was in Fairlawn Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials: Memorial Home Service Hospice, 720 N. Bond St., Springfield, Ill. 62702-9914; or donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mrs. Davis was born on Jutne 20, 1969, in Vandalia, the daughter of Charles and Lillie Watkins Strobel. She was raised by her oldest sister, Tina and her husband Stanley Miles. She married Charles L. Davis Jr. on Aug. 15, 1946, in Mayfield, Ky.; he preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2005.
She was employed at Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory, Crane Packing Co. and the office of Dr. D.H. Rames, all of Vandalia. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a Girl Scout leader, delivered Meals on Wheels, taught Sunday school and Bible school, and was a kitchen volunteer for funeral dinners at First United Methodist Church. Donna's greatest pleasure came from spending time with family.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet L. "Jan" Jackson of Springfield; grandchildren, Michelle and her husband Jason Root of Auburn, Shaun Dennis and his wife Ashley of Kernersville, N.C., and Ryan Dennis and his wife Anna of Lexington, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Asher, Greyson and Hadley Root, Carson, Michael and Addie Dennis, and Brenna Esenbock; sister, Evelena Howard of Elkins, W.Va.; son-in-law, Ron Dennis of Lexington, Ky.; sisters-in-law, Joanne Strobel of Brownstown and Florence Davis of Temecala, Calif.; brother-in-law, Robert Davis and his wife Mona of Chatham; and beloved pet, Bailey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Terry Dennis; six sisters; five brothers; six nephews; and one niece.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from June 17 to June 24, 2015