Lina J. Davis, age 95, passed away peacefully at 6:34 a.m. on March 18, 2021 at Dorothy Love Independent Apartments.
She was born on February 10, 1926, the youngest daughter of Ellis and Catherine (Price) Watkins of Gomer, Ohio, who preceded her in death. On August 22, 1948, she married her grade school sweetheart, Paul F. Davis, who preceded her in death on January 26, 2014.
She is survived by two sons, Barry (Jill) Davis of Bennington, Nebraska, Brian (Karen) Davis of Denver, Colorado, three daughters, Jane (Herman) Thompson, Sidney, Karen (Douglas) David, Naperville, Illinois, and Kay (Curtis) Chaney of Louisville, Kentucky. One son, Jack Davis, passed away in 2009. Mrs. Davis is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, Kristin (Zachary) Wagner, Kelly (Kyle) Kovnesky, Benjamin (Jen) Davis, Jessica (Bob) Donaldson, Heather (Heath) Fogg, Nick (Lee) Thompson, Lauren (Adam) Langston, Eli Davis, Derrick Davis, Candice David, Celine (Billy) Dickey, Hannah Chaney, Rachel Chaney and Alexander Chaney, her great-grandchildren include Jackson and Natalie Davis, Brayden and Abigail Donaldson, Natalie and Evelyn Fogg, Remy and Isla Langston and Sirena and Leslie Davis and sister-in-laws, Shirley Davis and Carl Recker.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Perry and Paul Watkins, and two sisters, Catherine King and Leola Sonderleiter.
Lina grew up in Lima, Ohio daughter of immigrants from Wales. She was active in school in choir and cheerleading. She also worked as a nanny and a telephone operator. After graduation from Gomer High School, second in her class of thirteen, she worked as a secretary at the Lima Depot before joining the Volunteers of America organization. She moved to Iowa, where she worked as an associate at Yonkers Department Store and as a secretary at Iowa State University. She married Paul and they moved to Illinois where she resided for 67 years before moving to Sidney. During her marriage, Lina was a homemaker. She was involved in many activities with her children, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the PTA. She enjoyed cards, cycling, skiing, camping, traveling, sewing, and reading. She was also involved in choir and reading groups at Lombard Congregational Church. She continued to enjoy reading and discussion groups at Dorothy Love. She had many wonderful friends during her seven years at Dorothy Love.
A brave and loving woman will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Gomer Congregational Church, Gomer, Ohio with Teresa "Terri" Barnes officiating. Inurnment will be at Carmen Cemetery, Gomer, Ohio. If desired, contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Maple Street Chapel in Lombard, Illinois, or the Gomer Congregational Church in Gomer, Ohio.
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