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Flora Belle Davis

Flora Belle Davis

Female 1905 - 2009  (103 years)

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  • Name Flora Belle Davis 
    Born 5 Jun 1905  Greenville, Bond Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Jan 2009  Highland, Madison Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Best Friends:
      Ethel Ragland - 12 Nov 1905 - 7 Mar 1995 (Math teacher - unmarried)
      Vadys Pancoast - 30 Aug 1911 - Nov 1982 (Crippled - unmarried)

      Flora B. Schaffner, 103, of Highland died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Highland Health Care Center. Mrs. Schaffner was born June 5, 1905, in Greenville to James D. and Calista (Ellsworth) Davis. On June 4, 1938, she married Elder R. Schaffner in Highland. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1963.

      The youngest of eight children, Flora graduated from Greenville High School in 1923. She first taught at Pin Oak School near Greenville, a one room school with a wood stove for heat. Her next teaching job was sixth grade at Ingles School in Greenville where she stayed for 13 years, from 1925 to 1938. Following her marriage in 1938 she moved to Highland and raised her family. She started teaching again in 1962 at New Douglas, Alhambra and Grantfork. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Greenville College in 1963. She began teaching in Highland in 1967. She retired from Highland Community Schools in 1972, after teaching for 26 years. She volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital and tutored in reading until she was past age 91. She moved into Highland Home in January 1993 and into Highland Health Care Center in April 2008. Her hobbies included reading, crocheting afghans, walking, playing cards and painting with oils.

      She was a member of EvUCC in Highland since 1938, Retired Teachers Association, JOY Singers, Daughters of the American Revolution, Silver Creek Chapter, Weinheimer Senior Citizens, Ladies Auxiliary to St. Joseph's Hospital, Order of Eastern Star Highland Chapter #524, where she was a 50-year member and past worthy matron in 1956; and Real Daughters of American Union Civil War Veterans. She was a past president of Evening Women's Guild and of the Day Women's Guild, a former Girl Scout leader and a Meals On Wheels driver.

      Survivors include a son, James A. "Yogi" (Heather "Happy") Schaffner of Niwot, Colo.; a daughter, Ruth Ann (Richard) Mather of Beckley, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Alan Mather of Pfafftown, N.C., Amy Mather of Omaha, Neb., Donald (Lauren) Mather of Waxhaw, N.C., Carly Schaffner of New York, N.Y., and Dash Schaffner of Boulder, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Jacob and Jessica Mather, all of Pfafftown, N.C.; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

      She also was prececed in death by her parents; two brothers, Ralph Davis, who died in 1976 and Orey Davis, who died in 1965; three sisters, Mary Byxbe, who died in 1973, Wava Merry and Bertha Altom, who both died in 1999.

      Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.
    Person ID I8582  Mather | Davis, Ellsworth, Henke, Ohm, Schaffner-Spindler
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2009 

    Father James Daniel Davis,   b. 19 Dec 1848, Fillmore, Montgomery Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1927, Greenville, Bond Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Calista Ellsworth,   b. 26 Apr 1864, Mulberry Grove, Bond Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1947, Greenville, Bond Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1882  Mulberry Grove, Bond Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2974  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elder Robert Schaffner,   b. 13 Jul 1908, Grantfork, Madison Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1963, Highland, Madison Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1938  Highland, Madison Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Ruth Ann Schaffner
    +2. James Albert Schaffner
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F2973  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jun 1905 - Greenville, Bond Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jun 1938 - Highland, Madison Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jan 2009 - Highland, Madison Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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