Evelyn Mae (Taylor) Davison was born Aug. 13, 1929 south of Iconium. She was the daughter of Fred and Alice (Murphy) Taylor. She attended Shanghai rural school south of Iconium and graduated from Moravia High School in May 1946.
On Dec. 25, 1948 she and Gerald Davison were married at the Udell Brethren Manse. He preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 2004. They and their sons farmed northwest of Moulton and west of Numa. They moved to Centerville in February of 1967. She soon began her employment at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital as a CNA. Fourteen years later she transferred to the laundry department. She retired from the hospital after 30 1/2 years to care for her husband as he went to Ottumwa then Corydon for dialysis.
She had several hobbies; such as crewel embroidery, counted cross stitch, crocheting, sewing for herself and quilts for some of the great grandchildren and gardening as long as she was able. She crocheted tablecloths, doilies, a bedspread and numerous afghans — baby and adult.
She is survived by her two sons, Harold (Beth) and Donald (Debra) of Centerville; five grandchildren, Michelle (Richard) Blythe of Chariton, Deanna (William) Moorman of Centerville, Destry (Suzie) Davison of Austin, Texas, Melanie Dunphy of Griswold and Danielle (Ryan) Hodges of Centerville; 11 great grandchildren, Jared and Austin Ritenour, Jacen Reed and Alex Blythe all of Chariton, Emma and Jacob Maass of Griswold, Garrett, Madison and Drennan Moorman of Centerville and Presley and Tage Davison of Austin, Texas; a brother, Fred Earl (Annabeth) Taylor of Ottumwa; and sister-in-law, Bethel Ballanger of Coatsville, Mo.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; a 10-year-old son, Jerald Gene; her parents; two sisters, Ruth Brown and June Young, of Seymour; and a cousin, Floyd Green who lived his earlier years with the family.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Jerome Cemetery with the Rev. Kay Singley officiating. Visitation will be all day today with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to Jerome Cemetery or Mercy Medical Center Long Term Care which may be left at or mailed to Thomas Funeral Home, 23548 Highway 5, P.O. Box 125, Centerville, Iowa 52544.
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