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Shirley A Davis

September 24, 1927 May 17, 2019
Shirley A Davis
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Shirley Davis, age 91 of Cresco, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco. Private family graveside services will be at a later date in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Shirley Arvesta Davis was born on September 24, 1927, in Albion Township, Howard County, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Clara (Mandelko) Bigalk. She received her elementary education at the Lincoln School in Albion Township and graduated from Cresco High School in 1945. She worked briefly in Independence and Sioux City before being employed as a medical secretary at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 1954 she entered the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and served tours of duty at Embassies in New Delhi, India - Santiago, Chile and Mexico City, Mexico. After resigning from the Foreign Service, she moved to San Francisco, CA, and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1966, she began her career with Standard Oil of California (now Chevron) and retired from Chevron in 1988, after 22 years of service.

On September 7, 1971, she married William B. Davis at St John’s Presbyterian Church in Reno, Nevada. In 1988, she and her husband moved to Cresco to spend their retirement years.

Shirley died on May 17, 2019, at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, IA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, who died in 2003, three brothers – Roger, Clinton and Arvid, and three sisters – Thelberta Norman, Carol Downey and Beryl Lahr.

Shirley is survived by her nieces and nephews and their families, and many friends.

Memorials may be directed to Zion Methodist Church, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Cresco Public Library or an organization of your choice.


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