In Memory of

Mary LaVonne Davis

January 21, 1927 - April 16, 2015
Mary LaVonne Davis was born in Cherokee, Iowa on January 21, 1927 to Lawrence and Cecelia (Zembsch) Trainor. She attended Immaculate Conception School from where she graduated in 1945. During her high school years she was a cheerleader, Representor girl at graduation and worked at F.W. Woolworth's. After graduation she worked for Iowa Public Service Electric Co. from 1945 to 1952. She also worked for the Cherokee Community School District in the hot lunch department at the Larrabee Elementary School from 1968 to 1973. On February 18, 1950 she married Harold Davis. They had three daughters, Diane, Donna Sue and Denise. For 37 years they farmed by Larrabee until they retired and moved back to Cherokee in 1987. Harold passed away on February 24, 2002. Mary enjoyed being a farm wife and mother to her three girls. She also enjoyed planting a vegetable garden and flowers every year on the farm, dancing, crocheting, cooking, decorating cakes, being with friends and family and playing 500 and bridge. Mary went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, father, mother, sister Lois Rupp, brother Donald Trainor, brothers-in-law Sylvester Rupp and Glenn Davis and sons-in-law Robert Byers and John Klesmith. She is survived by her three daughters, Diane Byers (Cherokee), Donna Sue Klesmith (Indianapolis, In.) and Denise (Sterling) Richards (Des Moines), grandson Eric Klotz (Chicago, Ill.) and a sister-in-law Helen Davis (Cherokee).
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 20, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Msgr. Kenneth Seifried
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday night with the family present at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home Sunday following the visitation.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry for your loss of your mother. What a wonderful woman she was on this earth. May you find peace and comfort with your wonderful memories of your mother. God bless you Kris File”
- Kris File
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of grief. We always enjoyed visiting with Mary at the Zembsch reunions in the past when we were able to attend. She will be missed”
- Neal and Diane McIntosh
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Donna Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I remember her as being a caring, generous person when I used to spend time with you at your home on the farm. Comfort and blessings to you and all your family.”
- Jackie Dorr Givens
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry I will not be able to attend either visitation or services. Schedule is so busy. I have such fond memories of your Mom...Diane, Donna and Denice. Another of our "neighborhood" is gone.”
- Sherry Selk Toft
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Love your way Skip and Denise. We are thinking of you guys.”
- Rick and Tammy Venenga
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Denise and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time. May your faith and fond memories sustain you.”
- Greg and Laura Stevens
Send Your Condolences
  • logo
  • Cherokee 216 South 2nd Street
    Highway 59 South
    Cherokee, Iowa 51012
    (712) 225-4886
  • Marcus 100 Eagle Avenue
    Marcus, Iowa 51035
    (712) 376-4886