Rena L. Watson Davis

May 13, 2012

THERESA, N.Y.  —  Rena L. Watson Davis, 90, formerly of Theresa died Friday, May 11, 2012 at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.

Born Sept. 22, 1921, in Fowler, the daughter of David and Mary LaPlantney Chapin, she attended a one-room school house in Fowler.

She married Merton Watson in May 1951 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church parsonage. The couple ran various farms during their marriage. Mr. Watson died December 1986. She married Raymond Davis on Nov. 23, 2002, at the Antwerp United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Freeman officiating. He died in February 2008.

Mrs. Davis enjoyed cooking, bluegrass music, playing cards, gardening and traveling.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Judy and Chris Liscomb, Antwerp, and Janet and Robert Dinius, Luna Pier, Mich.; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Clarence “Bud” and Julie, Las Vegas, Nev., Steve and Cindy, Philadelphia, Richard, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and Keith and his companion, Lisa Bouchard, LaFargeville; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

A great grandson, John Countryman, five brothers, William, Clifton, Emmett, Merton and Alfred and three sisters, Emma Chapin, Ina Chapin and Ida Hatline, all died before her.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc., Theresa, with Pastor David Snyder of the Philadelphia and Evans Mills United Methodist Churches officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY, 13057.

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Information provided by Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc. and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.