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Shirley Joanne Davis, age 80, of Knoxville, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 2, 2016, at West Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. As Shirley wished, her body has been cremated and a memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at the West Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Activity Room, with Rev. Neil Montz officiating. Shirley was born on Sept. 27, 1935, at her home in rural Polk County, to John Davis Hoover and Florence Elizabeth (Wohlwend) Hoover. Shirley attended grade and middle school in Waterloo before moving to Knoxville and attending the Knoxville High School. After high school, Shirley worked for several years at Pella Corporation. Shirley later worked at a manufacturing company around Iowa City, before moving to Arkansas for several years. Shirley enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and creative needlepoint. In the mid 1970s, Shirley was untied in marriage to Norman Davis. They shared 31 beautiful years of marriage before Norman’s passing on Nov. 27, 2001. Shirley is survived by her daughter, Kimberly (Shawn) Gerdom of Tracy; seven grandchildren, Jackie, Cameron, Lindsey, Arielle, Keanu, Alex, and Shawn, Jr.; and three great-grandchildren. Shirley is also survived by three sisters, Loretta Callison of Derby, Vivian Schrader of Warsaw, Mo., and a very special sister all her life Betty Bassett of Knoxville; five brothers, John Haugland of Solon, Vern Hoover of Chariton, Ron (Barb) Hoover of Russell, Doyle (Janet) Hoover of Chariton, and Kenneth Hoover of Derby; and numerous nieces and nephews, especially: Marlene Alcorn, Delores (Gary) Cowman, Bob Bassett, Jim (Betty) Bassett, John (Bobbi) Bassett, Debbie (Neil) Montz, and Linda Houge. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, John and Florence Hoover; one sister, Sandra Rice; and one brother Keith Haskins. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is assisting Shirley’s family with services.
Published on  January 7, 2016
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