Melba P. Davis

CANTON- Melba P. Davis, 95, of Canton, passed away at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 5, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at Pine Acres Nursing Home in Dekalb, Illinois. She was born on April 26, 1922 in Fairview, IL, a daughter of Raymond and Alta (Brokaw) Voorhees. She married Harold P. Davis on November 26, 1941 in Canton. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1994. She later married Palmer Wardwell in March of 1997, he preceded her in death on March 9, 1999.

Also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Mary Ann Orwig, two brothers, three sisters, and one grandson, Christopher Riesen.

Surviving are her loving children, son, H. Richard and Marilyn (Orwig) Davis of Lincoln, IL; grandson, Kevin R. and Kelly (Weaver) Davis, and great-grandchildren, Michael A. Davis, Chelsea & Dillion (Stewart) Atkins, Briana Davis, Abigail Davis, Katelyn Davis, Naomi Davis, Levi and Tomie Weaver; granddaughter, Terri & Randy (Davis) Tennison and great-grandchildren, Coden & Amanda (Knerr) Tennison, Colten Tennison, McKenzie Tennison, Caden Tennison; granddaughter, Sherri and Michael (Davis) Reaves, and great-grandchildren, Davis Reaves, Myla Reaves, Nyah Reaves; son, Robert L. “Bob” and Sue (Harwick) Davis, of Canton; granddaughter, Andrea & Tony (Davis) Lane, and great-grandchildren, Raele Lane, and Hayden Lane; grandson, Eric & Kathy Davis, great-grandchild, Grace Davis, Hope Davis, Isaiah Davis, Josiah Davis; granddaughter, Leanne Davis, grandson, Bryan & Tefinie Orwig, great-grandchildren, Chandler Orwig, Makenna Orwig, Taryn Orwig; grandson, Chad & Patty Orwig, great-grandchildren, Kaylie Orwig, and Keith Orwig; grandson, Craig & Amy Orwig, great-grandchildren, Taylor Orwig, Matthew Orwig, and Lillie Orwig; daughter, Janene and Wayne (Davis) Riesen of Dekalb, IL, grandsons, David & Samantha Riesen, Christopher Riesen, and Tucker Riesen, granddaughter, Emily & Zach (Riesen) Herzog, great-grandson, Jordan Herzog; one great-great-granddaughter, and one son-in-law, Duane Orwig of Washington, IL.

Melba graduated from Galesburg Practical Nurse program as an LPN in 1968, and worked for the Coleman Clinic in Canton for several years and was also a homemaker.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Covenant Community Church in Canton, where visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of the services. Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, IL Memorials can be made to the International fellowship of Christians and Jews, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL 60602-2584. To leave online condolences or to view Melba’s DVD please visit:

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8 Responses to Melba P. Davis

  1. debbie lane says:

    Dearest davis family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. We pray you all feel the arms of the Lord, as well as ours, wrapped around all of you in love, comfort & support. love prayers blessings Ray & debbie lane, andrea lane’s parents-in -law

  2. debbie lane says:

    dearest davis family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. we pray you feel the arms of the Lord, as well as ours, wrapped around all of you in love, comfort, & support. love prayers blessings ray & debbie lane

  3. Launa (Stevenson) Pierce says:

    I loved my Aunt Melba. I have fond memories of her as she & Uncle Harold invited me each summer to come to their farm and spend quality time with the entire family. Her children – especially Rich (since he was my age) and also Bob, Mary Ann and Janene, after doing chores during the day, found time to enjoy life together on the farm. Sometimes just playing “Andy, Andy Over” and many other thought-up outdoor games (no matter how hot it got) is etched in my heart and mind forever. I can still smell the sweet hay when we would sit in the Hayloft and hang our feet over the edge of the big open door where they brought the bales of hay through for storage. Aunt Melba would always fix us a nice pitcher of sweet Lemonade afterward. Another sweet memory I have is when Aunt Melba was so comforting to me when I was of a very young age, and homesic – away from home, she held me and sang to me in her pretty soprano voice “Jesus Loves Me”. Then, as I grew older, she would have me help her with household chores or snap green beans out of the garden, pick strawberries, or clean house and she would show me some homemaker tips as we worked. That was a blessing to me later in life when as a young bride, I had my own home to keep. Aunt Melba, I can now invision you surrounded by loved ones in Heaven. What a reunion that must be, with your handsome and caring husband, and precious daughter, and also your mother & father (my Grandmother & Grandfather) and your brothers and sisters – especially my mother, as I’m sure she was keenly watching for you to join them. By the way, thank you for raising such an awesome family with my sweet Uncle Harold and teaching them to love each other – and God. Look for all of us, as we will one day join you all in another great reunion – and there meet Jesus just as you surely already have!

  4. Kevin Davis (Oldest Grandson) says:

    Melba Davis is my Grandmother, and I her eldest grandson. Her and Grandpa did such a wonderful job raising caring and loving kids that love the Lord, my father Rich, uncle Bob, my aunt Janene, and my Aunt Mary Ann. If you ever had the privilege to get to know Grandma’s children even just a little, you knew that they were very rare and must have been raised by really good parents. Grandpa and Grandma were such a blessing in my life. They welcomed visits, read the bible to me, singing worship songs with me, praying for me when I was sick. I have memories of Grandma fixing me up when sick or hurt and Grandpa singing to me while she did it. She always new what would fix it, and gave plenty of hugs and kisses to help. All of my childhood was filled with memories of her. It is an honor to be your grandson Grandma! Love, KR

  5. Terri (Davis) Tennison says:

    Grandma Davis…. thank you for the Wonderful Heritage you have passed on to your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren! We are so blessed!
    Kevin, Sherri, and I were so privileged to live close to you and Grandpa growing up. You were always there for us… whether in encouraging words and prayers, or singing, Bible reading, or reading us books, or showing up at our cheering or sporting events, or letting us stay all night, or “letting us” 🙂 work in the garden, or doctoring us up when we were sick or injured, or making us popcorn with 7-up or ice cream just for fun…memories I’ll cherish forever!
    Something specific that you told me that I have never forgotten is ,”Every night before bed, give God all the glory for any accomplishments or compliments you have gotten throughout the day… return the Glory to Him, because He is the Provider of our gifts!”.. Wow!-What an impact Those words have made on me! Thank you for that, Grandma!! I pray that my children will pass those precious words on down to their children, too. I love you!!

  6. Bob Davis Your son. says:

    Mom, I will never forget the times when we were little, before you tucked us in at night, you have us kids sing songs like Jesus Loves Me and B I B L E. Then you would read the bible to us or a story about Jesus out of a book about Jesus. Then you would help us to pray to God. This was the foundation for me to Learn to love the Lord my God with all my heart, my soul and mind. To seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Most importantly, to know Jesus as LORD and SAVOR. See you in Heaven.

  7. Sherri (Davis) Reaves (granddaughter) says:

    I have wonderful memories of my Grandma Davis. I spent many days with her and my grandpa as a child. I loved being in the kitchen with her, picking strawberries, gathering eggs, playing while she read the Bible to me, and listening to her sing. She often told me about the goodness of our Heavenly Father. Grandpa and Grandma Davis loved well, had generous hearts, and always gave God the glory. The rich heritage they have left will carry on for generations. My heart is full of gratitude to have had such loving grandparents.
    I can only imagine the reunion she has had in heaven. Thankful.

  8. Larry L. Ulm says:

    To the family of Melba:

    We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Melba. It has been many years since we had contact with her and her family.

    Larry and Mary Ulm

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