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Viola Marie (Kephart) Davis

August 24, 1937 - December 24, 2013

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Viola M. Davis
Rock Port, Missouri


Viola Marie Davis, the daughter of Cecil and Sarah (Shepperson) Kephart, was born August 24, 1937, in Langdon, Missouri. She attended school in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, graduating in 1956.


On July 27, 1956, Viola was united in marriage to Richard Bissell. They became the parents of three children, Will, Nancy and Rodney. They later divorced. On July 12, 1985, Viola was united in marriage to Claude Davis. Claude passed away in August 2010.


Viola was a homemaker who devoted her time to raising and caring for her family. Viola passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Rock Port, Missouri, at the age of 76.


Besides her parents and husband, Claude, Viola was preceded in death by son, Rodney Lee Bissell and sister, Margaret Irene Kephart. Survivors include son, Will Bissell, Omaha, Nebraska; daughter, Nancy Harrington, Nashville, Tennessee; eleven grandchildren, David, Sarah, Andrew, Brian, Rebecca, Charles, Lana, Joseph, Trevor, Peter and Cody; and twelve great-grandchildren.


Graveside Service and Interment: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2013, Hunter Cemetery, Rock Port.
There is no visitation.
Memorials: Viola Davis Memorial Fund.
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Services are under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.