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 Rhea Louise <I>Turner</I> Davis

Rhea Louise Turner Davis

American Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 2 Jun 1995 (aged 51)
Tremont, Tazewell County, Illinois, USA
Burial American Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot A_166_6
Memorial ID 105034253 · View Source
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Rhea Louise Turner was born on December 30, 1943 in American Fork, Utah County, Utah, U.S.A. She was the oldest child and 1st girl of Venoy James and Eva Buhler Turner. She had bright red hair, dark eyes, and a winning smile. She was taken home to a basement apartment North of the Am. Fork Tabernacle, near the rail road tracks. When she was 18 months old, she and her parents moved to Highland, Utah County for the rest of her growing years. She was a natural helper and learned early about mechanical tools which she could bring to her father as he worked on cars, etc. She would become the oldest of 7 children, to whom she was a good example.

In school, Rhea was a good student. She joined the pep club. She twirled the baton as part of the marching band in Am. Fork. She was popular with other students because of her ready wit and honest interest in others. At different times, she worked in an ice cream parlor and at the bank in town as a young woman.

She met her sweetheart when he worked as a mechanic at the same shop as her father. He saw her legs (from under a car) when she dropped into the shop to see her dad. He wanted to meet the woman who belonged to those legs. She married Darrel Henry Davis on September 11, 1964 in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She worked as a secretary for the next few years while Darrel worked part time and finished school at Brigham Young University. He became a civil engineer. During this time, they lived in Provo, Utah, with a short break from school in California.

She and Darrel were a physically active couple. They went skiing, camping, hunting, and fishing, and dancing. They tried deep sea diving.

They lived in California for about 5 years, for a time on a house boat. They then moved back to Utah for about 1 year. Eventually, they would settle in Illinois, beginning in the Mackinaw area. They went to Tennessee for a couple of years. Then it was back to Illinois, Allentown area.

Together they had 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls. The children were her best adventure. She loved having them. They were raised to have good manners, be cheerful, and have strong values. Both of her boys went on missions.

She was an excellent cook. She sewed for herself and her family. She occasionally reupholstered furniture. She was a wonderful hostess, often pulling together a meal or casual party for several guests at little or no notice. She was always active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She was able to raise her children to adulthood before her final battle with cancer. She had had some melanoma, but this would prove more serious. She bravely went through chemotherapy and did all she could to try to get well. She passed away on June 2, 1995 in Illinois, and was buried in Utah. She left this world wishing to see some grandchildren (two of which were on the way) and wistfully knowing she would miss many important events in her children's lives.

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Gravesite Details Though her husband's name is on stone, he is buried in O'Dear Cemetery in Sewanee Tennessee





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