Verna Eileen Davidson

Funeral services for Verna Eileen Davidson, 86, Lawrence, will be 10 am, Friday, August 28, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She died Monday, August 24, 2020, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.

Verna was born November 6, 1933, in Arkansas City, KS, the daughter of Ray Chappell and Treva Berdeen Holdredge Eagan. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1951.

She worked as a municipal court clerk and later for TG&Y. She took exceptional care of her family throughout her entire life. Verna enjoyed being around her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In her spare time she would watch KU Basketball, plant flowers, play cards with friends and cut coupons. She was very active in her church. Verna was a woman defined by her family and her faith.

She married Darrell Dean Davidson on May 14, 1951 at an Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, he preceded her in death in October 2009.

Survivors include her brother Lowell Eagan (Joy), Arkansas City, KS; son, Joel Davidson (Karen), Andover, KS; daughter, Deanna Ross (Steve), Eudora,; grandchildren, Jennifer Stedry (Scott), Jesse Burke (Katie), Emily Davidson, Joseph Davidson, Zachary Ross, Rachel Patrum (Mike), Mallory Lauber (Ryan), Alex Florence (Michael), sister in law Patricia Eagan, brother in law Mike Davidson (Debbie), sister in law Cathy Blendon, 14 great grandchildren and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Verna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister; Betty Parrish (Tom); brothers, Maurice Eagan, Jack Eagan, Gerald Eagan and uncle Cecil Eagan (Vera).

Friends may call from 1-8 pm, Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, she will lie in state so friends may pay their respects.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Great Bend, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Lori Jacobs...

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. My dad, Kenny King, and your dad worked together at Centel and he and my mom were great friends with your parents. They shared much time together with a wonderful group of friends from Centel and enjoyed many meals and great laughs together. I was blessed to know your parents through mine and had the honor and privilege of calling them my friends as well.

Praying for God’s comfort and Spirit to be over you.
Lori King Jacobs

From Carol Langston...

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I loved our visits. She will be missed.

From Wayne Dickerson...

Joel and Deanna,

Very sorry for your loss. I hope you are both doing well. Take care of yourselves. -Wayne Dickerson

From Rachel Pierson...

Deanna, I am so sorry for this loss! What a wonderful woman your mother must have been, these two lines, “She took exceptional care of her family throughout her entire life” and “Verna was a woman defined by her family” remind me very much of you! Again, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.

From Sissy ( Denise ) Billiter...

Want you to Remember all the Fond Memories of her as Your Mother and Grand and Great Grandmother. I’m Saddenend to Hear of Passing. Love you All .

From Dan Eagan...

Joel and Deanna,

Your mom, my Aunt Verna was always so sweet and kind to me, and she deeply loved her family! I’ll cherish the wonderful memories I have of her. We’re all truly blessed to have known her. I’m very glad I got to visit with her in-person briefly last summer.



From Patricia Eagan...

Deanna and Joel, your mom left you a wonderful legacy of love and faith. She was a dear, dear person, and I know you’ll miss that sweet smile.
Much love to you,
Aunt Pat

From Mary Hurd...

Deanna and Joel and family: So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My heart is heavy with grief as I know you are feeling the same. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!❤️

Dont you just know that Kathleen Turner and Verna are having quite the conversation right now in heaven while both your dad and mine are sitting quietly watching the reunion! Your mom definitely took my moms place when she died as I stopped by several times just to visit. She was a dear sweet woman who will be definitely missed!
Love to you all! -Mary Turner Hurd

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