Wilma Davis, 82, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life surrounded by the love of her family at her home on Jan. 27, 2012.
She was born June 18, 1929, in McLeansboro, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Smith) Nations.
Wilma grew up on the family farm near McLeansboro and attended local schools. After graduating from McLeansboro High School with the class of 1946, Wilma began working for Illinois Bell as an operator.
Around that time, Wilma found the love of her life, Joe Davis. Love knows no age, and theirs was timeless as they were married on Sept. 20, 1947.
They made their home in Walpole for a time until they moved north of St. Charles, where Joe found work at Burgess Norton, located in Geneva. During this time, their family was growing, and they would eventually welcome home four children. In 1963, the family moved to Maple Park and presided over five acres before adding 17 more when they settled on Route 38 in 1969.
Her occupation changed from operator to full-time mother while her children were growing, but she returned to the working world when she took a position with the State Bank in Geneva for a time, then Able Construction as a secretary. In 1963, Wilma began working for the Northern Illinois Farm Service, or F.S., in Elburn. She retired 30 years later in 1993.
Wilma was a faithful member of the Country Covenant Church in Lily Lake, where she also helped in the kitchen and participated in their women’s group for many years.
Wilma was first and foremost a doting mother and dedicated wife whose love was strong and true. Everyone had a special place in her heart, and she could make you feel that connection with just a look from her eyes, especially the youngest, who seemed to find a kindred soul in Wilma.
However, behind those kind and compassionate eyes lived a strong woman whose decisions were swift and decisive. Wilma’s talents in the kitchen brought many to her door asking for recipes over the years. When you sat down at the table, you could always find your favorite dish made just for you. For dessert, her Texas Sheet Cake with extra icing, peach cobblers, German chocolate cake and banana pudding, all won blue ribbons—if not in competition, then in the hearts of all who enjoyed them. She had a giving soul and would help all those in need, but was equally thankful for the kindness that was repaid her over the years.
She is survived by four children, Glen “Joe” Davis of Big Rock, Wanda “Gayle” Boyle of Oswego, Ill., Daphne (Bill) Doane of Davis Junction, Ill. and Debbie (John) Harling of Maple Park; twelve Grandchildren, Lindsay (Sam) Fong, Shane (Theresa) Davis, Price Davis, Corina Boyle, Steven (Callie) Boyle, Nikki Doane, Robert (Julie) Doane, William M. (Angie) Doane, Jarred (Julie Beckman) Doane, Suzeahn (Travis) Hunt, Deidra Harling and Colt (Jennifer) Harling; fourteen great-grandchildren, Charlotte Davis, Lanie Davis, Maddox Fong, Angel Boyle, Cheyann Boyle, Cade Doane, Annie Swanson, Taylor Doane, Jacob Doane, Hannah Doane, Dylan Hunt, Danielle Hunt, Morgan and Miranda Harling; several nieces, nephews, a special caregiver, Lilya Mrichka, and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Joe, her parents, Thomas and Maggie Nations, and seven siblings, J.L., John, Dexter, Beulah, Evelyn, Novie and Wanda.
Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a funeral service, on Monday, Jan. 30, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Interment followed 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Hebron Cemetery in Walpole, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Wilma’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Wilma Davis Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full life story.