|Betty Jean Davis
September 12, 1922 – March 11, 2017
Betty Jean Davis, life-long resident of Culver, died peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the age of 94. She was surrounded by her
family and the caregivers at Millers Merry Manor where she had been a resident since 2010.
Born on September 12, 1922, Betty was the daughter of Whitney E. and May (Shivers) Kline, who preceded her in death. In 1943, she
married Donald A. Davis who died in 1969. Betty graduated from Culver High School, Class of 1940. She followed her high school
sweetheart Don, CHS Class of 1938, to Indiana University where she studied for two years before they married and moved to Chicago. She
worked in a secretarial pool there until the couple returned to Culver to start their own dairy farm in partnership with Oliver “Papa Sching”
Schilling. They bought the land and home on which Betty grew up, where they raised their three children. Betty was a full partner to Don,
assuming the bookkeeping duties as well as any other necessary farm chores involving a herd of Holsteins.
She and Don were avid bridge players and very involved in the ministries of Wesley United Methodist Church in Culver. Betty was a regular
member of the choir there for many years and played piano for enjoyment. She was a devoted member of Tri Kappa Sorority and held
numerous leadership positions within that philanthropic organization. She supported her husband who was the head of many civic
organizations. Together they started the Lion’s Club Corn Roast, which was first held on their farm.
After she was widowed, Betty took a position at Culver Military Academy as secretary to then superintendent General John Carpenter. Later,
she served as secretary to the vice president at State Exchange Bank. Upon retirement, she enjoyed many winters at her condo in Fountain
Hills, Arizona. Following her father’s death in 1994, she wintered with her mother in North Ft. Myers.
Betty was an avid reader, and enjoyed traveling and learning about different cultures, particularly the Native Americans of Arizona and the
Hawaiian people, where she studied for a month at the university there. Of particular pleasure was a visit to Disney World with her
grandchildren, a trip to Amsterdam with granddaughter Elisha, several cruises with friends (favorite of all times was an Alaskan cruise in
1992), many trips to California, witnessing grandson Trooper Michael graduation from Brownsburg High School, and, at age 86, attending
granddaughter Stephanie’s graduation from the University of Miami School of Law in 2008. She seldom missed a family occasion, and she
was celebrated annually with birthday parties at son Ned’s home.
Until her health failed, Betty maintained her home of forty years on Mystic Hills Golf Course. True to her nature as a woman of contribution,
she continued to volunteer at Wesley’s Thrift Shop in downtown Culver.
She will be greatly missed by her sister Joyce (Paul) Winn, her children Ned (Lynn) Davis of Culver, Diane (Chuck) Taylor of Bloomington,
Indiana, and Kent (Beth) Davis of Hudson, Ohio, seventeen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and
husband, a brother Kenneth (1924-1925) and grandson Donald (1974-1977) also preceded her in death.
A time of visitation with the family will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist Church, with services
following at 11:00 AM. Rev. Tom Harzula will officiate. Burial will follow at Culver Masonic Cemetery. The family invites relatives and friends
to join them for luncheon afterwards at Wesley United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Wesley United Methodist Church.