Lois Davy, 97, of Brownsville, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 12, 2016.
Lois was born at Manchester, Iowa, January 1, 1919 to George and Alba (Milligan) Glissendorf.
At four years of age, she moved with her family to Hokah, Minnesota. A year after this move, her father died, and Lois, her mother, her brother and two sisters continued to make their home in Hokah.
Lois attended the Hokah Public School for the first eight years of her education, then continued at Houston High School for four years. She then attended Winona State Teachers College receiving a degree in elementary education.
For more than fifty years, Lois taught in the schools of Houston County. Most of those teaching years were spent at Freeburg, Minnesota. She saw the one room school grow to a fine up-to-date two classroom facility, the result of the extreme interest in education of the Freeburg people. Lois taught many children in that area, a place she loved dearly. Later, after the Freeburg School closed, Lois finished her teaching career at St. Mary's Catholic School in Caledonia.
After retirement she taught G.E.D. classes and did substitute teaching in the Caledonia Public School System. Most of her life has been in the classroom, happy in her chosen profession.
Lois married Harold Davy of Brownsville in 1942, and since that time has been a resident of the Brownsville Community. The Davys have lived on Harold's forefather's farm, one that had been in the Davy name for over a hundred years. They received the honor of being a Century Farm at the Minnesota State Fair in 1976.
Lois was active in the 4-H program of Houston County for many years as a member, and later as a leader of the Brownsville Busy Bees for ten years. She was pleased to have received the state award for leadership.
Lois was forever an active friend of the Houston County Fair. The schools in which she taught exhibited work in the former school building and the 4-H club which she led exhibited in the 4-H building. For many years she supervised the floral department at the fair. In later years she organized the Senior Citizen Spelling Bee. She was very proud to have received the “Friend of the Fair” plaque in 2003.
Lois was an active member of the Church of St. Patrick of Brownsville, and in the St. Mary's Circle of that church. She was a member of the National Education Association (NEA) and the local and state Retired Educators Associations.
Harold and Lois spent winters in Sun City and Mesa, Arizona. Since Harold's passing in 1986, Lois has spent the winter months at Apache Junction, Arizona, at the Lost Dutchman RV resort. There she has been active in the Retired Teachers of Apache Junction and in the organizations of the Lost Dutchman's various community, as well as a member of St. George's Catholic Church.
Most recently, Lois resided at Jones-Harrison Assisted Living, in Minneapolis, where she enjoyed quality time and made new friendships with residents and staff.
Harold and Lois were always fondly attached to Harold's maternal relatives, the Finbraaten and the Hanson families of Grand Meadow, Minnesota and Lois continued that love until her passing. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and infant daughter, her mother and father, her three siblings, Frances Guenther, Gladys Deters, and Dale Glissendorf, and her sister-in-law, Mary Hurley.
She is survived by her sons, Raymond (Jeanne) and Richard Davy (Cathy), her daughter Georgene Davy (Tony), all of the Twin Cities area. Four grandchildren, Jennifer Davy, Ann Davy, Ian (Brittany) Davy, Alec Davy and two great grandaughters, Mia Davy Stone and Ophelia Olander Davy, and many special nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am on Tuesday, August 16th, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Brownsville. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Monday, at St.Patrick's Breza Hall, where there will be prayer service at 7:30. Visitation will also be from 10-11 am Tuesday morning at the church. McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family.