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Yvonne D’Etta “Rudy” Davis
Yvonne D’Etta “Rudy” DavisYvonne D’Etta “Rudy” Davis, age 71 of Marion died Monday, February 1, 2010 at Heartland of Marion.  She was born February 13, 1938 in Delaware to the late Robert Paul and Estella Louise (Askins) Evans.

She was a 1956 graduate of Magnetic Springs High School.  In addition to being a full-time homemaker, Rudy was involved in child care for 31 years, many of those as a baby sitter and most recently as a teacher’s aide for George Washington Elementary in Marion City Schools.   She was an active member of Crosswood United Methodist Church in Marion where she taught Sunday School.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and helping to make blankets for the “Kids in Crisis” Program.

On June 24, 1956 she married Harold C. Davis and he survives in Marion.  She is also survived by three sons, Randy (Diana) Davis, Wapakoneta; Tim (Kathy) Davis, Hillsboro; Tom (Dee) Davis, Marion; two daughters, Sue Young, Stroudsburg, PA; Annette (Ken) Davis-Brooks, New Albany, Indiana; a sister, Carole Anne Evans, Elkhart, Indiana; grandchildren, Joshua (Monica) Young, Jacob Young, Jon (Amy) Davis, Michael (Brandie) Davis, Chris (Rebecca) Sprauer Jr., Katie Fox, Barbie Fox, Lynn Davis, Kyle Davis, Michelle Philips, Kenneth Brooks Jr.; great-grandchildren, Ian Davis, Madison Davis, Michael Davis II, Noah Sprauer, Malachi Sprauer, Matthew Hartsock, Jaden Wilson, Shawna Grooms, D. J. Philips, and Adonis Philips.

She was preceded in death by a son, Curtis Lee Davis; a brother, Jack Evans; and a sister, Susan Evans.

A Celebration of Rudy's life will take place on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 4:00 PM at Crosswood United Methodist Church with Pastors Ryan Chivington and R. J. Davis officiating.  Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., Marion, OH  43302 or the Crosswood United Methodist Church, 1551 Richland Road, Marion, OH  43302.  The family is being assisted by Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

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#1 from: Sherryl (Barker) Sheets
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I have many wonderful memories of the Askins family on Mink Street Rd. Growing up on the Carpenter Farm, Randy Davis would visit and play with my brother, Greg and myself. I also remember Jack and Carole Ann Evans visiting quite often. Jack and Uncle Bill Carpenter were friends. My sympathies to the family and know that the wonderful memories will help get you through the tough days.

#2 from: Wayne Evans
Canton, Ohio
Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Dear Harold, Randy, & the rest,
I was shocked to read the obituary. It made me glad that we got to see each other last summer at the Evans Reunion. I am so sorry for your loss...it's just as real as Heaven's gain. So in the Lord, may you find His comfort and blessing. I will pass on the news to my mother in West Virginia. She will want to know. Randy, as your cousin and a fellow minister, I can't imagine taking part in leading the memorial. I couldn't do it for my dad when he died. May the Lord give you special grace. I know what you share will be from the heart and from the Lord.

#3 from: Art and Mary Granlee
Green Camp
Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Dear family, We have fond memories of Rudy.  She babysit for our son Joel.  We never worried when she had him.  We knew he was in loving arms.  She can watch over all the small children in Heaven now.  Aren't they lucky!  God Bless, Mary and Art Granlee

#4 from: Gary A Barton
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Dear Harold and family Rudy was one of the most wonderful. women I ever met. She was so loving and kind to every one she met. I will never forget her, she gave a NIV bible to my wife Alicia. Later I told her that it was such a nice bible and so easy to read. The next thing I knew she gave me one as well. Inside on the first page she wrote "For Gary a very special person" From Rudy Just because I love you. However it was her that was the very special person.

I will be praying for you and the family as you suffer the loss of Rudy

Gary Barton & family

#5 from: Paul (Gene) & Joanne Tevis
Lake Wales, Fl
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Dear Harold,
So very sorry and shocked to learn of Rudy's death.  Sure wish we could be there but we are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers.  Sure will miss seeing Rudy at church and did so enjoy visiting with her, we went to school at York Center together for a number of years.

We're thinking you you
Paul(Gene) and Joanne Tevis
Marion, and Lk Wales, Fl

Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM


#7 from: Herb & Jeanine Hufford
New Carlisle, OH
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Thinking of you and praying for the entire Davis family during this sad time.  Heaven is receiving your Mother with open gates & joy.  Wishing you PEACE.

#8 from: Mark, Lisa, Allie & Luke McCoy
Marion, Ohio 43302
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Rudy always shared her joy of Jesus whenever there was an opportunity. She gave Him thanks in all things, even through her pains and struggles.
We are very blessed to know Harold & Rudy. Her smile and encouraging words were a blessing to many. Love & Prayers,
Mark, Lisa, Allie & Luke McCoy

#9 from: Pat and Larry Krebehenne
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM

So sorry and surprised to hear of Rudy's passing.  She was a wonderful, caring, loving and sharing person.  We have good memories of her family and know how very much she will be missed.  Our sincere sympathy to Harold and all the family.

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#11 from: Carol Varipapa
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Dear Sue & Jacob,
                      Offering my heartfelt sympathy and caring thoughts. Blessings to you both and to all your family.

#12 from: Roger, Helen, and Treasure Eakins
Rootstown, Ohio
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 7:05 PM

We send our deepest sympathies for the lost of this wonderful person.  May our Lord continue to give comfort and love to the entire Davis family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#13 from: James & Maggie Cook
Pinehurst, NC
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Maggie and I are so sorry for your loss.
Let us know if you need anything.

Peace my friend,
Jim & Maggie Cook

#14 from: Monica
Xenia, Ohio
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 8:05 PM

To the Davis Family, friend & relatives,
You are in my thoughts & prayers in this time of loss & grief. I am Kathy Davis's Cousin. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Rudy, by reading  her obituary and Kathy speaking of her, she was a wonderful woman, that loved God & her family. God Bless,
John 3:16

#15 from: Jim Van Meter
Coral Springs, Fla
Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Dear Harold
Linda and I want to send our love and prayers as you and your family grieve over Rudy's death.   She was a great blessing to us at Marion Salem UMC.   We were often greeted by her big smile and desire to serve Jesus.  We have missed you the last couple of years but know that God called you to Crosswoods and that she ministered there as well to the children.   Love, JIM

#16 from: Randy & Sheryl Maxey
Des Moines, Iowa
Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I fondly remember staying overnight with Randy (R.J.) as a teenager and getting up to the aroma of homemade pancakes. Mrs. Davis would ask, "What kind of pancakes would you like?" Up to this point in my life, I figured pancakes were always plain. She asked if I wanted chocolate chips, blueberries, or a number of other additions. I asked for chocolate chips. To this day, they're my favorite!

I remember Mrs. Davis as always loving, always cheerful, and always full of energy. She was the model homemaker, wife, and mother.

Our condolences to the family. Our love and hugs go out to you.

Randy and Sheryl Maxey, Des Moines, Iowa

#17 from: Erin Baldinger
University of Dayton
Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Rudy was a wonderful lady with a big heart. She helped mentor many young parents and changed the lives of numerous children that she cared for. I will always have fond memories of the time spent at her house and she will truly be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

#18 from: Bob&Pam Curren
Gatlinburg Tenn
Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Harold& family.Sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. Her smile will be missed.She always loved working with children and loved sharing her Lords word with them.We will be back in town Saturday and will be by to see you  next week Harold.Your family has our deepest sympathy.
Sincerely Pam & Bob

#19 from: Jim Nowak
Toledo, OH
Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM

My knowledge of Mrs. Davis comes through serving with her son, Tom. His honesty, dedication and reliability are a testimony to her effective guidance in giving Tom a firm & honorable foundation by which to live. May this legacy continue to bless the Davis family for many generations to honor her loving kindness.

#20 from: SPC. Coy
Lima, Ohio
Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 2:33 PM

   I am truely sorry for your loss.

#21 from: Kathy Walczak
George Washington Elementary
Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM

"Mrs. Rudy" (as she called herself at GW) was a wonderful aide at our school.  All of the kids loved her, not just the ones she worked with.  She would sing and do everything that I asked the class to do in music.  We had many wonderful conversations about music and kids.  I still have the letter of apology that she wrote to me when she talked out in class without raising her hand.  She actually wrote the sentence, "I will raise my hand and not yell out in class", one hundred times and gave it to me with the letter of apology.  She wanted to set a good example for the kids and hoped that her letter could be used sometime for a lesson in behavior.  What a great lady and role model!  It was a privilege to know her and work with her.

#22 from: Jennifer Jones (McNamee)
Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 12:26 AM

So sorry Harold.  I havn't seen you for quite some time but I fondly remember you commenting on my white leotards with red hearts that I wore to church. If I recall George Beckley did the same.  You two were always picking on me.  That hasn't changed to this day.  I still get picked on constantly.  I've asked why people pick on me so much and they all just look at me and say "because you take it so well".  I can dish it out right back just as well as they can.  Anyway, I would go in and visit with Rudy at Heartland when Aunt Ruth was in there.  The three of us would sit in the cafeteria cause for some reason I always managed to get there at the time they were eating.  I'd bring my oldest son, Nathan (2yrs), in with me and they would share their meals with him.  He was on cloud 9.  She kept us entertained the whole time we were there.  Once again sorry to hear about your loss.  Thinking about you and your family.

#23 from: geneva
Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Dear Harold and family, I have such fond memories of you and Rudy at church. What a gentle soul,I feel so blessed to have known the both of you.Sending my love g

#24 from: Mildred Hall
Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Thinking of You, your mom was a wonderful, beautiful person. Her special qualities of taking care of children were truley god given and will be missed.  God Bless you.

#25 from: Barbara Williams, Anne & Kathleen
Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Remembering Rudy fondly from our Sunday School days at Essex. We had such a strong church family and Harold, Randy & Diana and their boys (Alpha Singers) were part of that. I still place a crocheted angel on my Christmas tree that Rudy gave to me. Our sympathy to the family.

#26 from: Janet Dysert
Richwood, OH
Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Harold and family, So very sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. So many fond memories of her. She would always be in the basement preparing for her Sunday School class. Take care. Janet.

#27 from: Pam [Seiter] Bumgarner
Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Dear Sue, Randy, Harold and family,
Sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. She was a very kind hearted person and I will remember her fondly. I know she will be missed. Memories are always nice to have so keep them in your heart.
Pam and Ben Bumgarner

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