Mary Louise Harris Davis went to be with the Lord on Sept. 27, 2016. Mary Lou was born on March 28, 1927, in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Minyard Alexander Harris and Rudel Daisy Harper Harris. The family lived in several locations around the state, while her Dad sought work during the Depression, before settling on South May Avenue in Oklahoma City. There she met the love of her life, Joseph Earl Davis, and they were school sweethearts at Capitol Hill High School—she liked to say she saw him walking down the street toward her house and said to herself, “He’s the one.” In 1945, while in the Navy in California, Joe called Mary Lou and she took a train there by herself and they were married. They raised three children in south Oklahoma City where they lived for 32 years before moving to Mustang.
Mary Lou took business classes in high school and was recommended by her teacher for a bookkeeping job at Oklahoma National Bank in Capitol Hill. She was hired and worked there full-time for more than 30 years while also maintaining the family home and serving as PTA president, Cub Scout den mother and Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her three children, encouraging them to pursue their own interests and aspirations. She was an avid reader and seamstress and enjoyed traveling with Joe in their RV and meeting people wherever they went. She enjoyed hosting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, watching them grow and play, and listening to their stories. In Oklahoma City, she and Joe attended Capitol Hill Free Will Baptist Church, and in Mustang, they joined the Clear Springs Free Will Baptist Church.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by Joe, her husband of 68 years, her parents, her brother Minyard Bill Harris and her sister Patty Sue Stapp.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law: Jackie Howard Harris of Powers, Oregon, and Glenda Davis Coffman of Mustang; her children: daughter Kathy Sanders and husband Ron, son Gerald and wife Vicki, and son Steven and wife Mary Lane; by six grandchildren and their spouses: Jeremy and Cindy Davis, Seth and Angela Davis, Heather and Jon Burgess and Leslie and Wilfred Glenn, Daniel and Canaan Sanders and Lisa and Ryan Anaman; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family thanks the helping staff at Noval Senior Care, Bellevue Health and Rehab Center, and Centennial Hospice for their loving care of Mary Lou and Joe in their last years and months of life.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3 at Clear Springs Baptist Church, Mustang with interment following in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Oklahoma City, under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsfuneral.com.