Clarice Davis, 85, of Glenville

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Celebration of the Life of Clarice Leona Heegard Davis, age 85, of rural Glenville, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at Faith Lutheran Church in London, Minn. The Rev. Reuben Unseth will officiate. Interment will be in the London Deer Creek Cemetery, rural Northwood, Iowa. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church.

Clarice triumphed over this earthly life and went to her heavenly home Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, from St. Mary&8217;s Hospital in Rochester.

Clarice Davis, daughter of Clarence and Matilda (Wolff) Heegard, was born on Sept. 24, 1921, in Park Rapids, Minn., at her grandparent&8217;s home. Her father died when she was three. Her mother married Werner Lau, Northwood, Iowa, when Clarice was seven years old. She grew up on a farm near Northwood and attended country school east of Gordonsville. Clarice was confirmed in the Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Northwood.

On Jan. 26, 1941, she was united in marriage with Emery I. Davis at Zion Lutheran Church. Three children were born to this union. Clarice helped Emery with the farm. They enjoyed many friendships and trips associated with their Conklin business, Watkin&8217;s sales, and showing POAs. Clarice attended the Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church. She enjoyed singing praises to God in the church choir and with a long-standing trio and sang duets for many church related occasions. She was a Sunday school teacher and held offices in the church women&8217;s groups. A neighborhood Bible study group held fond memories for Clarice, as well as her church circle, and being a counselor for the Billy Graham Crusade in Mason City, Iowa.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in London and is remembered as a woman of strong faith and selfless love.

Clarice was a gifted seamstress and sewed many quilts for LWR. Clarice loved children and would spend hours playing and reading to her children and grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren. Music, singing, and dancing brought a special joy to Clarice. She played organ and accordion without formal lessons. Her greatest love was her family and she enjoyed holidays and special occasions surrounded by her loved ones, the most recent being her 85th birthday.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Emery; children: Sheldon (Rita) Davis of rural Glenville; Sharyl (Paul) Ferley of Northwood, and Steven (Judy) of Apple Valley; grandchildren: Shelly Woitas, Suzette (Michael) Kragenbrink, Lt. Commander Mark (Rebecca) Ferley, Stacy Davis, Cassandra (Mike) Kvale, Heather (Jamie) Pryble, and Jerad Davis; great-grandchildren: Aaron and Andrew Woitas, Calvin, Mitchell, and Jack Kragenbrink, Alec and Nicole Ferley, MacKenzie Davis, and twins, Abigayle and Isabella Kvale; step-sister, Gladys Kenyon of Austin.

Clarice was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, and granddaughter, Suzanne Davis.