A memorial visitation is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, for Esther Mae Davies, 91, of Roswell, who passed on Nov. 15, 2012. She will be interred at a later date at South Park Cemetery.
Esther was born April 2, 1921, to Floyd and Ida Lockwood in Rising Sun, Ind. Her parents and two sisters have preceded her in death.
She married Jesse Wilson Davies on Dec. 20, 1941, in Indiana two weeks following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1983.
Esther is survived by a son John Wilson Davies, retired U.S. Border Patrol, and his wife Kathi, of Mayhill; daughter Elaine Wiser Mayfield, Roswell zoo director, and a special daughter Janie Davies, of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Jeff Wilson Davies and wife Amie, children, Spencer, Henley and Dane, of Tucson, Ariz., and Dallas Wade Davies, of San Antonio, Texas.
She was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation” who fought on the home front during World War II while their husbands served overseas. With other Army wives she helped save the fruit crops in southern California and was a real life Rosie the Riveter bucking rivets on B29 bombers for Boeing. She worked in the Schenley Whiskey bottling plant when it turned to the production of penicillin for the war effort, leaving her allergic to the antibiotic. After the war they moved west to New Mexico, first in Hobbs and then to Roswell where she worked for years in the stamp redemption business such as S&H Green Stamps. Later she worked for over 16 years at the locally owned Knadle’s Clothing Store as the lingerie saleswoman before retirement.
Esther was a sharp person with a great sense of humor and could beat you at cards, Yahtzee or Scrabble on any given day. Her many friends were of all ages and will miss her thoughtfulness, insight and wit. She was “Mom” and a rock to many special friends who will miss her greatly.
Please join us for the visitation on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. Friends may pay respects online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the Wounded Warriors Project, a charity she supported. Please donate in memory of Esther M. Davies at woundedwarriorsproject.org or mail to P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.