|Birth: ||May 19, 1913|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1989|
The Verdigre Eagle
Verdigre, Knox County, Nebraska
Thursday, January 12, 1989
Services for Mrs. May Davey were Thursday, January 5
Services for May B. Davey were Thursday, January 5, 1989 at 10:00a.m. at the Brockhaus Funeral Chapel in Verdigre. The Rev. Gary Aten officiated. Mrs. Eldiva Pavlik was organist and the Alpine Village Choir sang "Softly and Tenderly" and "Just As I am." Pallbearers were Wayne Vakoc, Lawrence Sandoz, William Schreier, Steve Vakoc, Leo Sukup, and Frank Farnik. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery, Verdigre.
Brockhaus Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
May B. Davey was born May 19, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska to Frank and Bessie (Gillett) Svoboda. She passed away January 2, 1989, at the age of 75 years.
When she was two, she moved with her parents to Verdigre, where for 35 years her parents operated the local hardware store in partnership with her uncle, William Svoboda.
She attended Verdigre schools, and was a 1931 graduate of Verdigre High School. She attended the Lincoln School of Commerce, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and the University of California at Los Angeles where she majored in art. She then worked at the Walt Disney studios in Hollywood before moving to Chicago.
In Chicago, she took a position at Wilder & Company, a large leather manufacturing company, first as assistance company auditor, then moving up after six months to head that department. Other positions she held were credit manager for one of W. T. Grant & Company's department stores, a national chain, and as secretary to the Army Transportation Department at then Fort Warren, Cheyenne, Wyoming during Word War II.
On October 18, 1941, she married Vernon Davey in Hennepin, Illinois. Her husband was an executive for the Pillsbury Company and accepted special assignments and transfers by the company as required, which resulted in their living in a few major cities from coast to coast.
Her main interests were the environment and the wild life. She was appointed by the California State Parks Commission to the Central Coast Parks board on which she served for two years. She was featured in a wild life article in the New Yorker Magazine. Her hobbies were varied. She enjoyed oil painting and was a lifetime member of the Morro Bay Art Association. She did China painting and fired her own work. She did vegetable carving and was featured twice on a Los Angeles TV network during a Garden Club show. The carvings were those of flowers out of different colored vegetables which made a unique and beautiful display for a table centerpiece. She loved to play bridge and was good enough to play in bridge tournaments where only the best players were selected to compete for Master points. May was a most talented person and could do almost anything she set her mind to.
May and her husband retired to their hometown of Verdigre in 1984. Mrs. Davey was a resident of Alpine Village since 1986.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon, sisters-in-law, Elsie Svoboda of Verdigre, and Dorothy Davey of Northwood, Iowa; nieces, Lois Wood of Anaheim, California, and Patricia Baldwin of Northwood, Iowa; nephews, Michael Davey of Northwood, Iowa, and Mark Davey of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Joe.
Frank Svoboda (1885 - 1952)
Bessie Bell Gillett Svoboda (1884 - 1969)
Vernon F. Davey (1912 - 2001)*
Created by: Linda Jean Limes Ellis
Record added: Jan 04, 2011
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