Jeanette Davis

jeanette davis

Jeanette Davis, age 89, formerly of Kindred, ND, passed away on February 9, 2014 at Elim Care Center, Fargo. 

Jeanette Marie (Scheffler) Davis was born May 5, 1924 to Ernst and Nettie (Heeren) Scheffler at their family farm in rural Barnesville, MN. She was the youngest of eight children, and had three brothers and four sisters. At the age of 16, Jeanette moved away from home to Pelican Rapids, MN where she worked in a coffee shop and candy store, making hand-dipped chocolates. While living in Pelican Rapids, she met her future husband, Dellen Davis. At the age of 17, she moved to Graham, WA and worked in the laundry at Fort Lewis. She married Dellen at the age of 18 in Tacoma, WA and worked at Boeing as a riveter while her husband served overseas in World War II. During this time, Jeanette also moved to San Francisco and worked as a welder at Western Pipe and Steel.

In 1945, Dellen was discharged from the Navy and the couple moved to Lida Township, MN. With the experience Jeanette gained while living on the west coast, she taught Dellen to weld and Dellen taught Jeanette to sew. The couple moved to Kindred, ND in 1947 and Jeanette became a stay-at-home mother. For many years to follow, she was always busy gardening, cooking, baking, making lefse, sewing, and caring for her husband and four children, Dennis, Keith, Donna and Duane. Dellen passed away in 1977 and Jeanette began working at Target in Fargo, where she remained employed until her retirement in 1984. Jeanette had a very special relationship with her six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, creating many wonderful memories of delicious meals and treats, weekend sleepovers and lively Whist and Skip-Bo games.

She is survived by her children Keith (Linda) Davis, Donna (Glen) Blanchard, and Duane (Brenda) Davis; her grandchildren Dawn Davis, Aleta (Ryan) Johnson, Amy (Chad) Koller, Beau (Catherine) Blanchard, Baron (Kylie) Blanchard, and Brodie (Sheena) Blanchard; and her great-grandchildren MacKenzie Johnson, Kylie Koller, Sebastian Blanchard, Bayne and Bria Blanchard, and Harlie Blanchard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband, Dellen, and her son, Dennis.

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  1. We are so sorry for your lose. We were lucky enough to meet Jeanette while visiting our Mother, Vivian Dunlop at Good Samaritan. And we too were able to enjoy a game of whist. She did enjoy winning and I was lucky enough to be her partner! We will miss her. I know your hearts are broken, but I hope you know how lucky you were to have had such a special ‘character’ in your lives — we were lucky to have known her as well.

    Our Sympathy,
    Dennis and Merrie Dunlop

  2. Donna and family,
    So sorry for the loss your mother.
    I so enjoyed it when she came into the clinic. You never knew what she might say-nothing bad she always got me to laugh because she wasn’t going to change.
    Thinking of you and your family.

    I am so sorry to hear that Jeanette passed away. I so enjoyed spending time talking with her about her family and about anything new happening in Kindred. I always had fun playing whist with her and the other residents at the Good Samaritan. Each time I went back to the Good Samaritan I would ask how she was doing, if I did not get the chance to see her. Jeanette will surely be missed. My prayers are will the family at this sad time.

    Tara Messer – Former Activities Coordinator at the Good Samaritan in Fargo

  4. Mandan ND
    Donna and family, I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was quite the spitfire, and a little sassy! That’s what made her fun to be around. You never knew what she would say. Losing a parent is very tough. Know that I have you in my thoughts and prayers to help you get throught this troubling time.


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