Corieta Jo Davis

A Celebration of Life for Corieta Jo Davis, 72, Eudora, will be at 1 pm Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, with the Rev. Bob Giffin officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service. Corieta died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 17, 1941, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Melvin and Verlie Bennett. She graduated from Syracuse, Kan. High School, and later earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Louisiana State University.  She was a speech pathologist, and had worked in the public schools in Baton Rouge, La., at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Ky., and most recently at Menorah Medical Center, from which she retired in 2011.  She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, travel, reading, and spending time with family.

She married John M. Davis in 1957 in Sterling, Kan.  He preceded her in death, as did a brother, Kent Toot, and a sister, Sherri Malleck.  Survivors include three sons, Ken Melvin Davis, Scott City, Kan., Randall Eugene Davis (Missy), Biloxi, Miss., and Scott Alan Davis (Leslie), Atlanta; a daughter, Becky Sasse (Carl), Eudora; her parents, Syracuse, Kan; three brothers, Fred Toot (Joan), Baldwin City, Mike Bennett (Kim), Lawrence, and Steve Bennett (Toni), Syracuse; a sister, Ronita Maynard, Austin, Tex.; six grandchildren, Diane Immer, and Brett, Keaton, Emma, Claire, and Anna Davis; and four great grandchildren, Charlotte and Max Immer, and Mackenzie and Meyer Davis.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Mark Thompson...

We share the sentiments expressed by Duane and Charlene, above. They said it very well in thanking Corieta for being Corieta. She was a truly unique and special individual. She was quick to smile, laugh, love, and care. Though our paths hadn’t crossed much in recent years, I remember many good times at family reunions, vacations in Colorado, and spending time in Syracuse and Johnson. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with her and her family. Mark Thompson on behalf of Linda, Janet, Karen, David, and Keith.

From Duane & Charlene Evarts...

We are so very thankful to have known Corieta and enjoyed her company during our many travels together over the years with her and the Evarts family. She was a ray of sunshine and a blessing to us whenever we could visit. We remember her being so full of life and a very special gift to all her family. We will miss her very much! Thank you Corieta for just being you! With our love to all her family, Duane & Charlene Evarts (Jim & Betty Evarts’ son & daughter-in-law).

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