Claire Elizabeth Davis, 86, Williamsburg: Jan. 5, 1930 – March 31, 2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Kan. – Claire Elizabeth Davis, 86, of Williamsburg, Kan., passed away March 31, 2016, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Overbrook, Kan., the daughter of Harvey Walter Talley and Myrtle Avis (Tregemba) Talley. She was a lifelong Kansas resident and had lived in Williamsburg for the past 65 years.

She graduated from high school in Overbrook, and received a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University and a Master of Education from Emporia State University. Claire began her teaching career shortly after her high school graduation in a number of one-room schoolhouses. Following that, she taught at Princeton grade school, followed by teaching at Garfield Elementary School, in Ottawa, Kan., for many years. And, finally, she taught at Williamsburg Elementary School, retiring in 1992 after 44 years of teaching.

On March 11, 1951, Claire was united in marriage to Wendell E. Davis, at the Church of Brethren, in Ottawa. They shared 65 years of marriage. He survives of the home.

Claire was also survived by three daughters, Marjorie Bryant, Williamsburg, Ginger Tabares and husband, Eddie, Emporia, Kan., and Rebecca Steadman and husband, Greg, Lawrence, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Travis, Erica, Aaron, Amber, Natalie, Whitney, Davis, and Dayna Claire; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Boyd and Don Talley; and one great-grandchild, Seth Steinfort.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Ottawa. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Williamsburg. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hope House, Ottawa University, or First Baptist Church, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Online condolences may be sent to the family through lamb-roberts.com.


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