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Joyce I. Davis

February 24, 1927 January 27, 2016
Joyce I. Davis
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Obituary for Joyce I. Davis
Joyce I. Davis, 88, of Mapleton, Iowa died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton. The funeral will be Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton with Pastor Jena Manchester officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Mapleton. Condolences may be sent on line to

Joyce Ione Davis was born February 24, 1927, at Ute, Iowa, the daughter of Tony and Tillie (Mallum) Chamberlain. As a child, the family moved to Mapleton, Iowa where Joyce graduated from Mapleton High School. She later worked at Knap Grocery Store and then for Dr. Harold Ganzhorn.

On August 31, 1946, Joyce married Merle Davis at Mapleton. To this union were born two sons, Steve and Tony Davis. In 1946, Merle along with the support of his wife, Joyce, started in the auto body business and owned and operated Davis Motor Company. With continued family support, the business will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. Joyce also worked at the Maple Theater in Mapleton, a business Merle ran for a few years beginning in 1969. Along with supporting her children and husband, Joyce was a meticulous homemaker. Merle died November 5, 1998.

She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Mapleton where she was active with the United Methodist Women activities. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Loren Hollister Unit #496 of Mapleton, a group that voluteered many hours at the Mapleton Food Pantry. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors and local card groups.

Those family members left to cherish Joyces memory include her two sons, Steve Davis of Glenrock, Wyoming and Tony Davis and his wife, Sandy of Mapleton, Iowa; five grandchildren, Melissa Davis Vermeys and her husband, Jary of Kingsley, Iowa, J.R. Davis of Ute, Iowa, Eric Davis and his wife, Jeni of Sioux City, Iowa, Aaron Davis of Ankeny, Iowa, and Clayton Davis of Ames, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Madison Vermeys, Eyerlyn Davis, Julia Davis, and Emalea Davis; and two sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Goodall) Chamberlain Diimig of California and Elaine Chamberlain of Mapleton, Iowa.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Dwane, Tony Jr., and Bill Chamberlain; and one sister and her husband, Norma Jean Jinky (Chamberlain) and Dick Berry.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

2:00 p.m.ξ

Armstrong Funeral Home

Mapleton, Iowaξ


One hour prior to the service

Armstrong Funeral Home

Mapleton, Iowaξ
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