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Mary Virginia (Danner) Davis, 103, Wausau, died February 10, 2018 at home under the care of Interim Hospice Care. Virginia was born January 23, 1915 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles William and Bessie Vera (Moyer) Danner. She was Salutatorian of the high school class graduating from Ford City High School, Ford City Pennsylvania in 1933. Due to graduating during the depression she was unable to attend college but worked in the office of the Pittsburg Plate Company until her marriage to Bertis Eugene Davis on June 8, 1940 in Ford City, Pennsylvania. He preceded her in death in 1996.

Virginia was very active her entire life; playing tennis, bridge, golf, bowling and reading. She volunteered for a variety of organizations: leader in the Boy and Girl Scouts, 4H, Red Cross volunteer (Grey Ladies), Wausau Hospital volunteer, Aspirus Gift Shop, Wausau Newcomer Clubs, Wausau Women’s Club, Wausau Country Club and Wausau Club. She was also very active in the schools in all communities where she lived, volunteering, and serving on PTA and PTO committees and boards, and in the Wausau Stunt Night performances.

Throughout her life, Virginia actively served in the Presbyterian Church serving as a Deacon and teaching Sunday school.

Virginia is survived by her two sons, B. Eugene Davis, Jr. (Brenda) and W. Jeffrey Davis (Dee), and one daughter Cheryl Davis, all of Wausau. Grandchildren Jennifer Davis of Minneapolis, B. Eugene Davis III of Santa Monica, CA, Jessica Matkovic (Alan) of Santa Monica, CA, Carmen Lombard (John) of Prairie du Sac, WI and Kimberly Davis of Wausau, WI. Seven great-grandchildren Sophia, Alexander and Mathias Matkovic of Santa Monica, CA; Davis, Emma, Anna, and Ella Lombard of Prairie du Sac, WI.

Memorial services will be Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant Street, Wausau. There will be a visitation from 10:00 – 11:30 AM prior to the service at the church.

The family sincerely requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Davis Family Fund for community support at the Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin or First Presbyterian Church.

The family wishes to thank Interim Health Care for their assistance. Arrangements are being handled by Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel.

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  1. Bob Seim

    02/10/2018 at 3:55 pm

    Gene & Brenda & family

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Bob & Julie Seim

  2. Barb Gillett

    02/10/2018 at 3:55 pm

    Cheryl, Gene and Jeff, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.

  3. Julie. Kryshak

    02/10/2018 at 3:55 pm

    A wonderful woman who lived an amazing life. I have many wonderful memories of Virginia and the Davis family. Sending my love to all.

  4. Kay Gruling & Tim Buttke

    02/10/2018 at 3:55 pm

    So sorry for you loss. What a long and amazing life your mother has had! A truly delightful woman. Cheryl, you in particular, have lost both a mother and a friend.

  5. Susan Schilder

    02/10/2018 at 3:55 pm

    Dear Gene
    Our sympathies on the loss of the one person who has been there all of your life. What a remarkable woman. We admired your relationship the many times we saw you at the club for dinner.No mom could ask for a more devoted son. She must have been so proud of you and your family. Your dad was also a kind gentleman, and together they epitomized what we respected in their generation.
    Loving thoughts to you and Brenda.

  6. Brooke Chartier

    02/10/2018 at 3:55 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family in this difficult time. She will live on in your hearts and memories if you think and speak of her often. It may not seem like it now, but a day will come when you can do this and smile instead of cry. My thoughts are with you.