LaVeda M. Davies, age 76, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 31st, 2012

LaVeda Davies, 76, of Venice, Fla. (formerly of Lombard, IL) died Thursday, Aug. 30, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. The funeral begins with mass at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard.
LaVeda is survived by her children Ketra Pauley (Bob), Cathy Curtis, Chris McGrenera (Grant) and Tom Davies (Alina); and was a grandmother to 13 grandchildren: Nathan, Matt and Nick Pauley, Casey Dikun, Kara Silva (Elton), Kylie McGrenera, David, Jacy and Chandler Curtis, Dziugas, Luidas, Jurate and Adria Davies, and Sugar Babe, her Pomeranian companion. She was preceded in death by her husband, David M. Davies; and parents, John and Marcella Finch.
Born Aug. 15, 1936 in Washburn, Ill., LaVeda grew up in the small Midwestern town of Low Point. As the first-born daughter of nine in an Irish/German-Catholic family, she is survived by her siblings, Duane Finch (Rita), Gordon Finch (Dorothy), Bonnie Meismer (Richard), Carol Beoletto (Barney), Eldon Finch (Andrea), Diane Cawley (Mike), Brenda Knight, and Denise Held (Mike) and 31nieces and nephews.
LaVeda graduated in 1954 from Low Point Washburn High School in Low Point, Ill. She was working as an OR technician at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. when she met and fell in love with a local TV repair shop owner, David McGlone Davies. They eventually moved to Chicago, and ended up out west in the suburb of Lombard to accommodate a growing family and active lifestyle. LaVeda worked at the Glen Ellyn Clinic where she met one of her dearest of friends who soon became one of the family.
After living in Lombard for 25 years, LaVeda and her husband retired to a place of many memories: Nokomis, Fla. They carved out a little piece of paradise for themselves right on the intercostal waterways.
A world traveler, avid doll collector, and unabashed sports fanatic, LaVeda was passionate about the joys of life. She lived a spirited existence, led by faith, with an innate desire to minister an abounding sense of empathy and warmth to anyone around her, be it her best friend or a perfect stranger. Her compassion casted her as the community matriarch, mothering many more than those who shared the same bloodline. She ruled her household with an open door, accepting of everyone.
Success in life is like beauty; it’s in the eye of its beholder, and LaVeda M. Davies found the beauty of life in her family, loved ones and friends. She emanated a contagious inner energy, leaving the rest of us surrendering to her insatiable love for people and life.
Her husband of 50 years said it best, “I’ve never met another person who didn’t love LaVeda.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Rick & Terry Moen says:

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our dear friend. We have many happy memories of times shared with Veda and Dave, especially of our trip to Hawaii when we picked up a palm frond, brought it back to the condo, propped it up in a waste basket and decorated it with Christmas lights to celebrate the season! We are so grateful that we got to visit with her in June to reminisce. Our deepest sympathy to Ketra, Cathy, Kristi, Tom, and all Veda’s family who mourn her passing.

  2. Greg Friend & John Kerr says:

    John and I are sorry to hear of the loss of our special friend Veda. She was a dear individual that always had a kind word and an unforgettable smile for everyone. She shared her love of dolls with us, always inviting or including us to her special club events. We were lucky enough to spend a few hours with her and her family down in Venice a few months ago. We will treasure that time. Veda was a special individual and will be greatly missed. Our sympathy goes out to Cathy, Ketra, Kristi, and Tom, and the entire Davies’ family.

  3. Larry & Dorothy Nenne says:

    Our Sympathy to LaVeda’s Family & Friends.
    The wonderful warmth of her personality reflected what was in her heart.
    God Bless The Family
    Larry & Dorothy Nenne

  4. Chris McGrenera says:

    Thinking of Mom today. Came across this web page and read a few notes. Mom had such nice friends and loved them all so much. I read Kara’s obit again. She truly summed up her Grandma, our Mom, everyone’s friend: LaVeda Davies. That last paragraph says it all. God Bless you, Mom. We miss you. xo

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