Obituary for Vera May (Steele) Davis

Written by on December 2, 2022

Vera May (Steele) Davis 84

of Dunkirk

A funeral service for Vera May (Steele) Davis will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at The Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton with Pastor Gregg King officiating. Burial will follow at Dunkirk Cemetery. Friends and family may visit 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Vera died on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Blanchard Valley Bridge Hospice Center in Findlay, Ohio. Vera was born on January 28, 1938, in Kenton, Ohio, to the late Clifford Wilson and Bessie Lenore (Brown) Steele. Vera graduated from Kenton High School, class of 1955. Vera married the late Ray Lewis Davis Sr. on November 16, 1955.They had six children. They were married for nearly 64 years when he passed on October 3, 2019. As a homemaker, she dedicated her life to taking care of her family. She was a devoted wife. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. Over the years she became somewhat of a collector (of many different things). Of all the collections she acquired over the years most valuable to her was all the photos she took of her family and those she found of her ancestors, when researching her family tree. Vera never forgot a special occasion, she would send out cards to her loved ones for every birthday, holiday, anniversary, special event or major milestone. Each and every card held a hand written note personalized to the occasion and to the person. So with every card was a reminder that she loved you. Second only to Vera’s family was her dedication to The American Red Cross, over the course of her adult life, she donated 28 gal of blood. Just to help a stranger that might need it one day. Vera loved traveling to new places, to visit family, also with The Hardin County Council on Aging. During all her travels around the United States she was able to visit all but a few of the western states. She was a huge fan of Elvis Presley! So, when she visited Graceland, she stayed at “The HeartBreak Hotel” Vera enjoyed things like tending to her Rose bushes, reading her harlequin novels, watching hallmark channel movies, classic TV shows, shopping, theatrical plays/musicals, summertime cookouts, family reunions, fourth of July fireworks, yard sales, Ohio State Football, Spooky Halloween decorations, Christmas music and lights, holiday dinners,and baking Christmas goodies. She was very skilled when it came to sewing and quilting. She made at least one blanket for every baby born in her family, along with several sets of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. 

Vera was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents William Henry and Alice (Shoemaker) Brown, paternal grandparents Lee and Ruth (Sloan) Steele, both her parents, six sisters ( Rosie Maxine Steele, Marilyn Edith Steele, Erma (Burlin) Hunnaman, Eva (John) Hundley, Helen (Millard) Cannode, & Phyllis House, four brothers (Curtis Wilson Steele, Richard Clayton Steele, Mitchell Ray (Florence), Steele, William Leroy (Patricia) Steele, her husband, as well as their oldest daughter, Peggy Ann Davis. 

Vera is survived by her sister Mary (Bo) Bohannon,Monterey, TN, five children ( Ray L. Davis Jr. of Dunkirk, Ohio/ Carol Sue (Richard) Emmerling of Peachtree City, Ga/ Donna Jean Davis, Findlay, Ohio/ Ann (Larry) Bechtel, Kenton,Ohio/ Lisa G. Davis, Columbus, Ohio) , 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, a great great granddaughter, along with several nieces and nephews. 

Vera was the most caring and compassionate person. She was loved and respected by all that knew her. She will be missed more than words can describe.

Memorial donations in Vera’s honor may be made to the American Red Cross.

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