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Rena Mae Davis, of Crockett, Texas, was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on the 4th day of May 1938 to parents Orval “Buck” Roscoe Marler and Emily Gertrude Dodgion Marler. On Saturday evening, the 18th day of November 2023, she left the loving arms of her family into the eternal arms of Jesus, at the age of 85.
Born and raised in a small town, Mrs. Davis grew up with a strong sense of community and love for her family. She worked for over thirty years for the Rural Housing Development, before retiring, and beginning a second career at the Houston County Extension Office, where she was respected and admired by her colleagues for her intelligence and dedication. Her contributions to the community extended beyond work, as she was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her faith was a significant part of her life, and she served her church with devotion before her health declined. Her strength was an inspiration to all who knew her, and her kindness and generosity were a testament to her faith.
Mrs. Davis was a passionate home cook who loved to gather her family around the dinner table. Her recipes were cherished by her family and friends, and her kitchen was always filled with laughter and love. She was the heart of her family, and her home was a place of joy and warmth.
Mrs. Davis was also known for her wit and humor. She had a knack for making people laugh and her presence always lit up the room. She was a smart woman who was always up for a good game of poker or a scratch-off ticket. Her annual "Ma's Christmas Party" was a highlight of the year, where she would gather her family for a day filled with joy, laughter, games, and her delicious cooking. These moments of togetherness were a testament to the love and warmth that she brought into the lives of her family members.
More than anything else, Mrs. Davis loved her family deeply, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving wife, a caring mother, a doting grandmother, and a loyal friend who put others before herself. Her love for her family was boundless, and she expressed it in countless ways, both big and small, whether it was always there to lend an ear, a hand, or a word of advice. Her family was her greatest joy, and she was their guiding light.
In remembering Mrs. Davis, we celebrate a life well-lived. Her spirit, her laughter, and her love will live on in the hearts of those who loved her. As we mourn her loss, we also celebrate her life and the many ways she touched our lives.
Mrs. Davis joins in heaven her parents Buck and Gertie Marler; husband, Max Davis; infant daughter, Barbara June Evans; daughter, Donna Marie Curry; grandson, Christopher Hill; brother, Kenneth Marler; and her sister, Patsy Marshall.
Mrs. Rena Mae Davis will be deeply missed, but her memory will forever be a source of joy and inspiration for all who knew her. “Ma” as she was lovingly known by her family, is survived by her daughters, Regena Rhone, Karla Evans, and Lea Ann Holmes and husband Michael Wayne Holmes; son, Eddie Evans; son-in-law, Richard Curry; brothers, Ray Marler and wife Sandy, and Danny Marler and wife Linda. She will also live in the hearts of her nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren with one on-the-way; and her family she was blessed with when she married Max, Annette Wood and family, Beverly Jewel and family, Donna Davis, and Kevin Davis and family. Mrs. Davis is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Rena Davis is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning, on Wednesday, the 22nd day of November 2023 in the Rhone Memorial Chapel with Bro. Reggie Gregory officiating the service. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett, Texas.
Friends are invited to visit with the family one hour prior to the start of the service at Rhone Funeral Home.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Ben Rhone, John Shveyda, Tyler Shveyda, Weston Evans, Russell Holmes, Cannon Earp, Patrick Haynes and Fernando Arvizu. Honorary pallbearers include Jaden Hill, Cannan Haynes, Jerrett Haynes, and Brandon Enos.
The family would like to express their appreciation to China Cobb and Oletha Murray for the exceptional loving care they provided Mrs. Davis. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be given to the Calvary Baptist Church, 210 S. 8th Street, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Funeral services for Rena Mae Davis are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.
Please visit her online memorial tribute by selecting the "Share a Memory" icon, where words of comfort and condolence may be shared electronically with her family.