We are gravely saddened by the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and loved one, Lucia Virginia Galehouse Davis on Monday, December 17, 2012 with grace and peace at the end.
Lucia Virginia Galehouse Davis was the youngest child of Lucia Mable Nelson Galehouse and Leon Galehouse, Sr. born in Carrington, North Dakota on September 9, 1914. Her father was the town druggist and her mother led the social circle for Carrington with her dinner parties. Lucia Mable Galehouse was an accomplished homemaker.
Because Lucia Virginia was named for her mother Lucia, her family and friends called her Ginny. Her family names were repeated with her niece Lucia Lee Brodrick, and her great-granddaughters Lucia Ann VanHanken and Virginia Isabelle VanHanken.
Lucia Virginia Galehouse started her physical fitness as a young girl in Carrington with dance and exercises with her girl friends after school. She also learned to play the organ in her Congregational Church. She left Carrington, ND after finishing high school to attend Nebraska University, graduating with a degree in social work and minor in music. It was at Nebraska U. that she regularly swam and played tennis. Her first job was with the WPA working as a social worker helping those who were downtrodden during the Depression years.
She had moved onto Wichita, Kansas with a school friend where she met her life partner, Martin Edward “Jeff” Davis from Manhattan, Kansas. They knew right away that they were a team and married in 1939. After having two children, Thomas Leon Davis in 1941 and Barbara Kay Davis in 1945, they both worked together to build a new oil field equipment company, Arrow Specialty Co. that survives today as Arrow Engine Co. It was Virginia who chose to settle in Tulsa, OK.
Ginny was a devoted homemaker and mother and also served her community in her way. She was also a founder and longtime member of Sunnycrest Garden Club. She was an award-winning flower arranger at the Tulsa Garden Center. She became known as “Cookie” to many staff and friends there because she was always bringing fresh baked cookies to the center for their enjoyment. Needless to say she was an avid gardener and also served as the wild bird feeder during the harsh winter months.
Later on when her kids moved on to continue their lives, Jeff and Virginia traveled to many countries to accommodate Jeff’s business travels for Arrow Specialty Co. After retirement, they continued to enjoy many cruises with their friends. Virginia made many adventure trips with her daughter in later years including a Kenya Safari, Whale watching in Baja and seeing polar bears in a Tundra Buggy in Canada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Lucia Galehouse; her brother Leon Galehouse, Jr. & wife Thelma; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Brodrick & husband Van; and her husband, Martin E. Davis. She is survived by her children Tom Davis & wife Terri of Colorado Springs, CO, and daughter Barbara Davis VanHanken & husband Preston of Tulsa; four grandchildren: Jeff VanHanken & wife Annie, Andy VanHanken of Tulsa, Eric Davis & wife Kelly of San Antonio, TX, and Annette Davis of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; four great grand children: Lucia Ann, Miller, Virginia, and Allie; and including many nieces and nephews.