Obituaries » Olga Bees Davis
September 6, 1928 – July 23, 2019
Funeral service will be at the Casket Store Chapel, 1pm Monday July 29, 2019.
She will be laid to rest next to her husband, at Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland FL.Obituary Viewed 309 times
Olga’s early life was quite normal with her father making shoes, and her mother working as a nurse.
She was proud to have attended Llangatwg community school, a new very modern school. However by the age of 11, she like many civilians was subject to the horrors of WWII, while at school a German ME109 fighter plane strafed her and her school mates while they were in the school yard.
Living near an oil refinery in Swansea she was subject to regular nightly bombings from the German air force, often the shrapnel could be heard landing on their homes slate roof.
Food in Great Britain was extremely limited during those years, and rationing caused her young body various physical problems, but with the diligent care and sacrifice of her mother and grand mother she survived. During the war her father made covers for the gas mask the citizens were required to carry, while her mother worked in a munitions factory. Once on a train they were bombed while in the station, and it was so terrifying her 8 year old brothers hair turned white permanently.
Several years after the war she met Hershel L. Davis, a US Airforce pilot stationed in England, they would eventually marry, moving around the World as he served 20 years in military, he finally retired as a Major in the USAF. Their two children were born during those years, first a daughter, DeLee, was born at Eglin Air Force base in the panhandle of Florida, and then their son, Aaron, was born later at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
While raising her children Mrs. Davis still found time to volunteer at the local hospital, and the Red Cross, and while stationed with her husband in Japan, Mrs. Davis began her studies in Ikebana, (a discipline of Japanese flower arranging) eventually becoming a 3rd degree master. Once her husband retired they moved back to his home town of Lakeland, Florida, where she helped found the Lakeland Flower club, and continued with her volunteer work, at the Polk museum and the Lakeland library. She was the altar guild directress for St. Stephens Episcopal Church for several years and sponsored a young boy’s dental work. Later her time would be spent caring for her husband who had developed Parkinson from exposure to agent orange, and after many years of care he eventually passed away due to the disease.
A little over a month before what would have been her 91st birthday, she enter the hospital for a simple urinary tract infection, and after many weeks succumbed to respiratory failure.
She is survived by her Daughter, DeLee Davis Motley, Lakeland FL
Her son, Aaron Davis, Lakeland FL
Grand children, Cyrilla Motley, and Rhiannon McDaniel, Lakeland, FL
And 3 Great grandchildren.