Joan Davis 1940-2013

Posted March 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Joan Davis, 72, of Miller, S.D., died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

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Joan’s memorial service was held Saturday, March 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller with the Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Friends and family may sign Joan’s online register at

Alice Joan Davis was born December 4, 1940, at her grandparents’ home near Burdette, S.D., to Harold and Alice (Walton) Harrington.

She married Russell Davis on October 1, 1956, at the Methodist Church in Miller. She lived her entire life in Miller, working as a housewife, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, Avon sales person, and as a bailiff for the Hand County Clerk of Courts.

She started playing pool as a league member after the kids all graduated from school. She continued to be very active in the 8 Ball Pool League, until only just a few months ago. She and Russ started going to the South Dakota Senior games when she turned 55 and only recently, because of her health, was forced to give that up as well.

Her hobbies included reading books, camping, playing pool, any games at the Senior games that she could enter, and especially playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The great-grandchildren are what gave her the will to live these last few years of illness.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Russ; daughter, Rhonda (Lyle) Rowen of Miller; sons, Jerry (Gloria) Davis of Sioux Falls and Larry Davis of Belleville, Kansas; four grandkids, Brad Parmely and Eric Parmely, both of Miller, Ashlee Beaner of Connifer, Colo., and Audumn (Brian) Beidler of Aberdeen; four step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Butts of Fedora, S.D., Betty (Tuffy) Orr of Aberdeen and Dorothy (Keith) Willard of Belle Fourche, S.D.; brother Richard (Jeannie) Harrington of Redfield, S.D.; her husband’s families, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant son, Steven Allen Davis.

Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence has been entrusted with Joan’s arrangements.

Joan Davis 1940-2013