Ellen M. Davis, 91, of Brainerd, died at her home with her daughter, Jan and friend, Teri, by her side on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Brainerd, Minn.
Ellen was born on May 24, 1920, in Vinton, Iowa, to John and Flora Mina (Pettit) Burkart. At an early age Ellen and her family moved to the Backus area. Ellen met Lyle Davis and they were married on March 9, 1937, and they lived in Brainerd where they raised their family. Ellen worked for the state hospital in Brainerd for 23 years until her retirement in 1982. She was a charter member of the Brainerd Nazarene Church and was very active in Sunday school and Missionary Ministries. Ellen and Lyle loved to travel. She also enjoyed being a hostess and entertaining family and friends. One of Ellen’s greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren.
Ellen is survived by her daughters, Jan Lee, of Brainerd, Minn., Nancy (Lauren) Anderson, of Alexandria, Minn.; son, Kelly (Sandra) Davis, of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Valeda Davis, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; grandchildren, Vincent Hurtig, Lisa Warren, Bethany Cyr, Debra Jessee, Randy Davis, Sarah Krantz, Matthew Anderson and Dan Anderson; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Flora; husband, Lyle; son, Larry; and her siblings. Memorials are preferred to the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, Minn.
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