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Verna Mae Davis

May 9, 1927 - February 21, 2019

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Verna Mae Davis, 91, passed peacefully to heaven on February 21, 2019. A celebration of her life will be Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 526 S. Olive Ave. in Sandpoint, ID. Please wear bright and cheerful colors.

She is survived by her four children Jim Davis of Minnesota, Jayne Davis (Dave Mann) of Sandpoint, Idaho, Patricia Schwager-Davis (Stefan) of Switzerland and Liz Davis (Shiela) of Utah; six grandchildren Eric (Amanda) Mann of California, Chris (Laura) Mann of Washington, Natalie Schwager of Switzerland, Vanessa Schwager of Switzerland, Katja Lund of Utah, Mateja Lund of Utah; and one great-grandchild Nina Mann of California; Cap’s brother, Bill, and sister, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. Verna Mae and her late husband, Cap, left a legacy of love with their children and precious grandchildren – her top priority.  You could often find Verna Mae at city beach at the crack of dawn playing tennis, swimming or simply watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee lifting family and friends up in prayer.  She swam in every mountain lake and proclaimed on the top of every mountain, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” She was always thankful for family and friends and made both a priority.

She met her husband, Cap (Duane) in Sandpoint. They married after World War II and together ran a dairy farm north of Sandpoint with Cap’s parents.  Not only did she learn to butcher chickens and split shingles, but even acquired the skill of making pickled pigs feet.  Verna Mae used some of her artistic talents to create the colored photos of the time by coloring Cap’s black and white prints at the Ross Hall Studio (which they purchased). Summers at the Davis farm included many visits from their nieces and nephews who came to enjoy family, fresh air and hard work.  During harvest, Verna Mae fed many a farm hand lunch and apple pie under the apple trees.

She loved being involved with people, whether the American Cancer Society, PTA, local grange,  church, prayer group, Festival, P.E.O. and other community activities.  She loved her Girl Scout Troop and their many adventures backpacking and winter camping.  After recovering from breast cancer, she helped to spearhead Bosom Buddies. They have made countless quilts for women going through chemo for breast cancer.  She prioritized education, but because she cut short her college education to help with the farm, she was excited to finally graduate with a BA in her 60’s.  Verna Mae was always quick to offer soup and friendship.  She loved to read, travel and learn about God’s people and creation.

She spent her last 5 years, learning to live with Parkinson’s disease, but being loved and cared for by the loving staff at Hearthstone Village.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bosom Buddies , 526 S. Olive Ave, Sandpoint, Id, 83864 (supplies to make comfort quilts for breast cancer patients undergoing  treatments in our local community and quilts for children for the Bonner Homeless Transitions) or the charity of your choice.

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