Well Known Lady Stricken With Paralysis

Mrs. John Davis Died Monday; Funeral Held From U. B. Church Today

This community was saddened Monday morning by the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Anna Davis, wife of Rev. John Davis, at her home near Browning. She was aged 61 years, 2 months and 20 days.

Mrs. Davis was stricken with paralysis Saturday forenoon, at about 11 o'clock. She was alone in the house at that time. Her husband and son Harvey were getting ready to come to Astoria. They had just gathered the eggs when he went in to tell his wife how many he had. He found his wife sitting in a chair in the front room. He spoke to her but she did not answer. He asked her what was the matter. She replied that her head hurt. He assisted her to a bed and from that time on she never spoke. A physician was summoned and everything was done for her that was possible to do, but all of no avail. She passed away at 6:15 Monday morning.

Anna, daughter of Reeson and Rebecca Parks Prather, was born in Woodland township on January 10, 1881. She was united in marriage to John Davis on April 30, 1900. To this union were born three sons, Dwight Dewitt of Minneapolis, Minn.; Wm. Wesley of Canton, and John Harvey, at home. These together with the husband remain to mourn her sudden departure.

She was preceded in death by her parents and other members of her immediate family.

She was converted in the Motes Chapel U. B. church in 1895, remaining a member of that church until its close, then moving her membership to the Astoria United Brethren church, remaining a member of this church until her death.

For a number of years she was the mistress of the parsonage in the pastorates of her husband at Maysville, Baylis, Elm Grove, Adair, Alexis and Astoria circuit.

Mrs. Davis was a woman strong in prayer, and a good worker for the Lord in the various fields of service during her life work as a minister's wife. When the record of the pastor's life is written in Heaven we are sure that the most glorious phases of his life and work will be that portion which a faithful and devoted wife made possible by her sympathetic understanding and helpfulness.

She leaves besides the immediate family, three grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the United Brethren church, conducted by Rev. C. P. Ellis, local pastor, assisted by Rev. C. W. Martin of Smithfield and Rev. Fred Thompson. Interment in Oak Grove cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 4/1/1942

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