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Doris Irene Davis

Doris Irene Davis, age 97, of Danville, passed away at 5:18 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville.

Doris was born on January 17, 1923 in the little community of Bourbon, IL, the daughter of William and Mae (Mullins) Kroll. She married Joseph E. Davis on September 23, 1949 in Danville. Joe preceded her in death on December 29, 2008.

Doris is survived by one son, Joseph E. Davis Jr. of Danville; one sister, Joyce Strack of Tuscola, IL; one brother, Charles Kroll of Atwood, IL; along with several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Marjorie Simmons and Helen Flanagan; four brothers, Floyd Kroll, Ed Kroll, David Kroll, and Norman (Billy) Kroll.

Doris attended the Bourbon Baptist Church in her childhood years. She graduated from Arthur, IL High School in 1941 and then moved to Danville in 1942, where she began working at Steel Grip Glove Factory, sewing welding gloves to support the war effort. She left Steel Grip in 1962 just before Joe Jr. was born. She later volunteered as the librarian at Cannon Grade School in Danville while Joe Jr. attended school there. Doris loved to read and loved to go fishing. She always looked forward to the annual June vacation trip to Eagle River, Wisconsin.

She also very much looked forward to the annual Kroll Family Reunion. In her years at the nursing home, she loved to sit outside and look at the flowers. And when it came to nursing home bingo, you didn’t do anything to distract her; she was there to win!

Her son, Joe Jr., would like to thank the ENTIRE staff at Colonial Manor Nursing Home for the excellent care they gave Doris during her 10 years there. Not only did they take excellent care of Doris, but they also took excellent care of him, just like family!

A private family service will be held on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834. Visitation will be open to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the funeral home. Visitation will also be open for one hour the following day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Doris’ name to the Colonial Manor Nursing Home Activities Fund.

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