Mrs. Janese L. Davis, 77, of Burlington died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by her family.
Born July 23, 1936 in Kahoka, Missouri, she was the youngest daughter of Ralph and Edna (Saar) Shankster. On August 4, 1957 she married her high school sweetheart, Gene Edward Davis in a double wedding with her twin sister, Janet and Keith Nixon in Kahoka.
Mrs. Davis was a 1954 graduate of Kahoka High School and graduated from Burlington Beauty Academy in 1956. She used her skills as a cosmetologist to enrich the lives of her clients for 56 years, working at The Looking Glass and ultimately retiring from The Curly Inn.
Mrs. Davis attended Zion United Church of Christ. She was a member of O.E S. in Kahoka, Jr. Women's Club, P.E.O. and Burlington Golf Club. She served as a past talent chairman of the Burlington Follies. She enjoyed playing cards, including Bridge and being with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Davis of Burlington; three sons, Jerry (Nanette) Davis of Olathe, Kansas, Gary (Tammy) Davis of Burlington and Larry (Caron) Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren (Taylor, Ashley, Bannen, Selleck, Conner, Reed, and Rachael Davis); one great granddaughter (Gabriella); her twin sister, Janet Nixon of Kahoka and sister, Patricia Stubbs of Brentwood, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice.
Jim & I were so sorry Gene to hear about Janese's passing. She was one of a kind. She had more energy & life in her than anyone I know. My favorite memory of her was from my childhood when I listened to her tell the story to (probably to your mom Lori) of how she came out of the grocery store and found someone had put a bumper sticker on her car. So she crouched down and started to scrap it off when someone approached her & asked her what she was doing. Without paying attention to the person she said, "someone put a bumper sticker on my car & my husband hates these things!" The person replied, "That is MY car that you are taking the bumper sticker off of!" I will never forget listening to her tell that story and laughs that story brought! She was one of a kind. I'm so sorry to you Jerry, Gary & Larry, it seems she left this earth so young. May you be comforted in knowing having Janese in your life for one lifetime is equal to two lifetimes because she did everything twice as fast. She was able to pack twice as much into one day. I'm sure no one knows the blessings of being recepients of that more than you. Without a doubt she's probably getting everything in high speed order in heaven for when the rest of you join her. May you feel Gods strength & presence now when you need it most.
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My sympathy to all the family. I am sure the passing of such a vibrant woman will leave a HUGE gap in your lives. Janese was a great neighbor. I will always remember her talking to my mom and making us laugh.
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SYMPATHY-GODS SPECIAL BLESSINGS-ART&MARILYN BARRY
My sympathy goes out to you, Gene, and your family. Janese was my friend since our sons were playing YMCA Basketball . She also was my hairdresser for as long as I can remember. We would talk about our dogs while she my hair. She loved her dogs. She will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
To Gene and family. No words can say just how sorry we are to hear of Janese passing. We will cherish our fond memories and we were honored to have been your friends for all those years we were there in Burlington.
I was so shocked and saddened to hear this news about Janese, this morning! I send my love and prayers to Gene and family, Pat, Janet, and their families! I have known these sisters ALL of my life. Our mothers were friends, amd I went to school with the girls and Gene. My heart, and deep sympathy are with you all! Love, Terry
To Janese's Entire Family- We were saddened to hear about your loss. Know we are thinking of each one of you. I am sure Mom(Willie Huckey) has taken her hand and they are planning a game of bridge! Sending our Love, Dennis, Michelle, Isaiah and Ethan Allen
My sympathy Gene, boys and your families. When I think of Janese, I think of the 'energizer bunny'!!! A great person and friend. We'll all miss her.
Gene and family. Kent and I send our deepest sympathy in the loss of Janese. She was loved by many and like her twin sister enjoy timed with her family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gene, Jerry, Gary, Larry and families. Sorry to hear of the passing of Janese. I have so many fond memories of the times I spent at your house during my high school and college years. Janese was ALWAYS so nice to me...even when she should have shown Jerry and me the door a few times! :) I remember getting snacks out of her glass snack jars...it was like a buffet of snacks! She always made sure that Jerry and his buddy's had plenty of snacks! Please accept me and my family's sincere condolences and know that all of you are in my heart and prayers. God bless you. Rick Acord
Gene, Jerry, Gary and Larry, I am sorry to hear of Janeses' passing. My memory of her was always helping out with Junior golf and how much energy she had-sometimes more energy than we did as kids on Tuesday mornings at the BGC!! You are all in my prayers. Beth Gadau
Gene, Jerry, Gary, & Larry, I was so sorry to hear of Janese's death. We were lucky to be your neighbors for 28 years. Janese was one of a kind. I could never keep up with her, she always went at everything a mile a minute. She will be missed by many. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Bob & Kay Schweers and Family
Janese and Gene were our neighbors on Dehn St when we were starting our family. When I had our third son, Janese said to me "Oh, honey, don't worry, you will have more girls around your house than you know what to do with." That has now come true! Deepest sympathy to Gene and family. Lynn Sheagren
Janese lived, and laughed and loved. Now she is gone and it hurts to lose her. I hope she and I will share another "grasshopper" one day. Thank you, Davis family, for "adopting" me so many years ago. We have shared many good times and now I share your sorrow. Rest in peace, Janese.
Janese was one of a kind, she always knew how to make me smile... She was special in so many ways to her friends, her clients and her family....I only knew her a few short years but she will always be in my heart... She will be missed very much...
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