Valerie I. Davis

Valerie I. Davis

Val passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family Friday, April 29, 2016 following a courageous battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).

She was born July 24, 1968 in Grand Rapids the daughter of John and Marcia (Fancher) Manke. Val attended St. Stan’s Catholic School until the 8th grade and was a 1986 Hopkins High School graduate. She then went on to attend Chic Cosmetology College in Kalamazoo. On October 14, 1989 at St Stan’s Catholic Church in Hilliards she married James Davis. Val had worked at salons in Dorr and Otsego before opening her own salon in her home once she began her family with Jim. In 2006 she started a daycare out of her home and had taken care of many area children over the last 10 years.

Val loved attending her children’s sporting events and was always the loudest cheerleader in the stands. She had been involved with 4-H, post prom, went on many field trips and had helped with the wrestling club.Val helped with all the chores on the farm and was a great cook. She enjoyed going to garage sales, camping every father’s day weekend in Mackinac, collecting shoes and purses, celebrating Christmas with her family; going to the fair, especially  to see the animals and concerts and loved indulging her sweet tooth with peeps and jelly bellies. Val always had a huge smile on her face and loved life.

Surviving are her husband; children, Trevor (Beth Hill) of Parchment, Alyssa of Kalamazoo and Hailey and Alex; her parents of Hilliards; siblings, Linda (Mike) Heppe of Hilliards and John (Kandi) Manke of Hopkins; Jim’s parents, Dick (Sylvia) Davis of Otsego; his siblings, Rick (Tina) Davis, Vicky Kent, Sheri O’Reilly and Julie Kubiak; his grandmother, Anne Davis and her best friend, Kelly Smart.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Friends may visit with Val’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Father Donald Klingler and Deacon Russ Pogodzinski officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Val may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or to the CJD Foundation.

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  1. Ken Squibbs and Gayla Dennis says:

    Jim and Family,

    We know Val will be so very missed and hope your treasured memories will help you through your sorrow and bring you peace. May you feel the comfort of the Lord’s embrace and reassurance at this time and always. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    Ken Squibbs and Gayla Dennis

  2. Julie (McKinnon) Paxson says:

    Val was a wonderful person and she will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family, Jim and the kids. I pray for peace and healing for you all in the months to come.

  3. Kathy Gernhart &Family says:

    Sending our love and thoughts to all the family during this most difficult time. May you find peace in the wonderful memories you have of your, wife, mother,daughter, daughter in law, sister and friend.

  4. Kathy Harris says:

    Val had a zest for her children and life i met Val though a friend where she started doing my hair Val did my hair up until she could no longer do it and when i could not go to her house she gladly came to my house my husband joked with her if she ever moved he wold follower her because he like how she did his hair her family always made you feel welcomed when you came there your mom and wife will be missed but remember that wonderful smile she will be missed Kathy & Mike

  5. Rob, Jackie, Robert and Renee Bryan says:

    Sending prayers and hugs to the Davis family. Val was taken way to soon she was a truly a wonderful person.

  6. Scott and Kristnia Turner says:

    Are thought and prayers are with Jim Alex Trevor Hailey Alyssa Val was a very great woman and she will be missed by the whole community I’m sure and that smile always would brighten up the place we will miss you Val

  7. April Alberda says:

    Jim, Trevor, Alyssa, Hailey,Alex and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Val was a beautiful person inside and out. She always had a smile for everyone. I have many wonderful memories from our high school days. She was a blessing to anyone who was lucky enough to know her. May your memories bring you comfort.
    May you feel God’s presence and love. Prayers for all of you. Val this isn’t goodbye but until we meet again. Thanks for blessing me with your friendship.

  8. Chris Maddox says:

    Val was a wonderful person always fun, geat personality. Just a beautiful person.

  9. Peggy Lomonaco says:

    To Val’s whole family I am SO sorry for your loss & I know no words can take the pain & sadness away Just please know that I’m thinking about you all! She was a beautiful woman who will be missed by many! Lots of good wrestling memories I will remember. One day at a time will get you through. Lots of thoughts & prayers being said for you all!

  10. Gary & Linda Phillips says:

    So sorry for the families loss. Her friendly chats and smiling face will be missed at Wilderness State Park. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  11. Linda McCormick says:

    Jim, Trevor, Alyssa, Hailey & Alex I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. Val was one of a kind full of life, love & spirit, always had a smile. I started going to Val when she worked on the hill in Dorr then to their new place in Dorr, followed her to Otsego then to her house. Even after moving to Texas we stayed in contact & when I came home to MI I would always come out to the house. She would always try to talk me into different colors & styles with my hair.(lol) Each time she got pregnant she was so excited & I knew she would be an excellent mother & that she was & so in love with Jim. One last memory I have when my Mother passed away in 1996 she offered to go the funeral home & do my Mother’s hair, we talked about that all the time, that was very special of her.
    Val Heaven got another angel keep smilin RIP

  12. Julie Renae Teunissen Olivares says:

    Sorry to hear about Val passing away and for the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers in this dad time. Val was an amazing lady and will be missed dearly by all. I met Val through Tom Salmon and Tom Nelson Jr.

  13. Mark Pearson says:

    I recieved this when my mother passed away and always liked it.

    Remember me when you hear the wind blow.
    I am with God, I need you to know.
    He called my name, and I went to see
    If the voice I heard was speaking to me.
    He took my hand, we walked along
    The road to heaven, where I belong.
    The angles sang so sweet and clear. 
    They sang of love and that Jesus is near.
    I felt his touch, I saw his face,
    I knew in an instant I was in his grace.
    He spoke to me, I heard him say,
    You are home now child, you have found your way.
    So remember me when you hear the wind blow.
    I am home now with God, I need you to know.

  14. Laughlin family says:

    Words cannot express our sympathies. Val was a great friend and a wonderful person who will be sorely missed by many. The nice thing about that is she left such a huge wake of friends behind that I know your family won’t be without help and support, love and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything you need. As others have said: ‘one day at a time’. Peace to you all.

  15. Sakon family from Dorr says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother and our loss for such a wonderful and beautiful person. We’ve known Val for 27 yrs. We have enjoyed seeing her and the kids at Schnable lake campground after she left Dorr. She was always so sweet and full of smiles. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  16. Pat and Sue Janssen says:

    We didn’t know Val but are friends with Dick and Sylvia. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. From talking with them, we know that Val put up a valiant fight. We know you will find comfort in your friends and family.

  17. John Rowgo. says:

    I had the pleasure to work with Val’s son Trevor. he talked about his mom and family all the time. though i only met Val a couple of times she was always smiling. Please know that our family is keeping all of your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Mike & C.Lee & family says:

    So sorry for your loss…love & prayers…

  19. Tracy Little says:

    Jim and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of this tragic loss of your loved one. We are thinking of you now, and in the days, weeks, and months that follow.
    Our Condolences,
    Barb Little
    Tracy Little
    Joe Little
    Doug Little

  20. Pat Dranberg says:

    JACK & MARCIA I am so sorry about Val’s Passing
    You will be in my prayers.

    Love & Miss you guys

    Pat & Don in heaven

  21. Bill Taylor says:

    So sorry to read this news today. Val was the only one I allowed to cut my long hair short many many years ago. She was an awesome hair cutting friend to us when she worked in Dorr. Just want her family to know that we will thinking of them and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Susan Raven says:

    To the Davis family, I was so sorry to hear about Val’s illness and passing. I always enjoyed seeing and talking to her when she came into my classroom. I had all four Davis children in school and they remain one of my favorite families. She leaves a wonderful legacy in her incredible children and I hope they and Jim find comfort in knowing how much Val was loved and admired by all who knew her.

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