Joanne Luella Davis

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died May 18th, 2020

Joanne L. Davis, 82, of Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home of natural causes.

She was born in Wilson on March 20, 1938, daughter of Thomas and Agnes (Wandahsega) Smith. She was raised in Wilson and attended school in Bark River.

On August 1, 1970 Joanne married Charles D. Davis Sr. in Gladstone.

She worked at Lucas Plumbing and Heating as a secretary and as an aide at Christian Park Healthcare Center. Her most cherished job was being a homemaker.

Joanne enjoyed sewing, knitting, playing bingo, gardening and flowers.

She was a devoted member of St. Anthony of Padua Church and also attended St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Her faith was very important to her and said the Rosary as her daily devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Joanne was a member and past president of the Eagles Club and Hannahville Indian Tribe, her heritage was important to her. She enjoyed being involved in senior groups and shawl groups where she made prayer shawls for the elderly and nursing homes.

She is survived by her children, Ernest (Pam) Murray of Lowell, MI, Donald “Jack” Murray of Cornell, Christopher (Micki) Murray of Escanaba, Denise (Glenn) Krueger of Forrestville, WI., Veronica (Kevin) McMahon of Stephensville, MI, Lisa (Scott) Hellberg of Stevens Point, WI, Charles Jr. “Chuck” Davis and Thomas Davis both of Escanaba; 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; siblings, Arlene Boelter of Appleton and Susan (Mitch) Jensen of Escanaba; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Charles; Joanne is preceded in death by her brother Francis Smith.

A private visitation and then a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church with Rev. Rick Courier officiating.  For family attending services, masks and social distancing will be required to comply with the church regulations.

Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

A card of sympathy may be directed to the family and a memorial will be established at a later date, c/o Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba, MI 49829.

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2 Tributes to “Joanne Luella Davis”

  1. Joanne was a wonderful, wife, mother, aunt, sister , grandmother and friend.
    I’m proud to call her sister and friend.
    So sorry I can’t be there because of Covid 19.
    I want all the family to know I will be there in spirit.
    Love to All
    Aunt Betty

  2. Dear Don – So sorry to hear about your Mom. My prayers for you and your family.


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