Iris M. (Boganwright) Davis, 91, Mentone, passed away at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from complications of a stroke suffered on April 17, at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.
She was born the second of four children on March 22, 1926 in Marshall County. Her parents were Leonard and Treva Harsh Boganwright. On March 14, 1946 she “ran off” to Bluffton with Emory “Ike” Davis to get married after a six week courtship. They shared over 50 years of marriage before Ike’s passing in December of 1996
She was a homemaker. In her youth she attended school at Tippecanoe and Beaver Dam. She was a proud graduate of Beaver Dam High School. Iris enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing euchre and dominos. She was known for telling jokes, silly rhymes and her favorite saying was “I’ve got a little story to tell you.” One never knew what kind of story she would tell.
She loved to bake cookies, cakes, and pies and make candies, especially carmels and peanut butter fudge. She enjoyed sharing with family, neighbors and friends at the Mentone Nutrition Site. Her favorite pastime was watching games that her family participated in at the Mentone Youth League. She was known for giving treats after the game. In 2007 the Youth League honored her with a plaque for her dedication and generosity. She cherished that award and displayed it proudly in her home and her room at Miller’s Merry Manor for all to see.
In 1997 she began attending the Mentone United Methodist Church and was a faithful attendee until she moved to Miller’s Merry Manor in the fall of 2014, due to failing health. She made many friends and had a new audience for her jokes and stories. There she met new friends who joined her in playing euchre and late night games of dominos. She loved all her caregivers and they loved her.
She is survived by her daughters: Beverly (Terry) Faulker, Winona Lake; and Debra Garee, Mentone; two granddaughters: Stacy (Ryan) Davis, Fort Wayne; and Jill (Phillip) Prater, Silver Lake; four great grandchildren: Luke and Noah Prater and Camden and Kinley Davis. Also surviving are her sister, Lois Miller, Mentone; and sister-in-law Juanita Boganwright, Claypool; as well as many nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband, Ike, brothers, Donald and Richard Boganwright, and son-in-law Robert (Bob) Garee
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 1 at King Memorial Home, Mentone.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 30 at King Memorial Home, Mentone.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Mentone Youth League, Mentone Nutrition Site or Miller’s Merry Manor Activity Department