Margaret Davis

Margaret Davis (Petrie)

Sunday, March 29th, 1953 - Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
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Margaret (Petrie) Davis, 66, of Reedsville, PA, passed away at home surrounded by those she loved most, at 7:35 am on Thursday, October 3, 2019, after a long and courageous, twelve year battle with breast cancer.

Born March 29, 1953, in Lewistown, PA, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Mary Ethel ‘Ettie’ (Rowe) Petrie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers John Petrie (infant), Dr. Jonathan Petrie, and David R. Petrie; and a sister, Ethel P. Zeigler and a niece, Cara E. Zeigler.

Marty is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Richard L. Davis, whom she married on December 18, 1976; Children, Emily Newcomer and husband Lucas of Harmony, FL; and Jess Davis and partner Brittany Jerlat of Reedsville, PA; a brother, Leslie Petrie and wife Carol, of St. Simon Island, GA; Grandchildren, Zach, Katie and Annie Newcomer of Harmony, FL; and brothers-in-law Dr. Jordan Phillips, of Palm Springs, CA, and Stephen Zeigler of Reedsville, PA; and by her nieces, nephews and their families, all of whom she loved dearly.

Marty spent her career as a nurse of 40 years in various capacities at Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger Medical Group, Lewistown. Throughout her years of service to the community she touched many lives, including those of both coworkers and patients. She especially cherished her time as a pediatric nurse, experiencing the joy of watching the children she cared for grow into adulthood and return with children of their own.

She was a life-long member of Yeagertown United Methodist Church, as both a member of the congregation and servant in various volunteer capacities throughout her life. Her church friends and family brought her immense joy and love during the time she attended as a child, with her parents and in her adult life with her own family.

In her personal time, Marty enjoyed trips to the beach with her family, climbing lighthouses and spending time as a ‘GaGa’ to her grandchildren. Marty will be remembered as a kind, loving and unifying person, with a great sense of humor and the ability to find the light in the darkest of situations. She will be forever known as an advocate for those in need, a generous and giving friend, mentor, healer, and as a woman of high character and strong faith. Those who knew her were better for having had her in their lives and will forever cherish time spent with her.

A memorial service in loving memory of Marty will be held at 6:30 pm, on Monday, October 7, 2019, at Yeagertown United Methodist Church, 7 N Mann Avenue, Yeagertown, PA, 17099, with Revs. Rachel Horst, and Thomas Morningstar presiding. Family will receive visitors preceding the service, beginning at 4:30 pm. Guests are invited to attend a reception in her honor in the church social hall immediately following the service.

Arrangements are under the care of Barr Funeral Home, Inc., and Crematory, 120 Logan Street, Lewistown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in loving memory of Marty are encouraged to be made to: Yeagertown United Methodist Church, 7 N Mann Avenue, Yeagertown, PA, 17099 and/or to Rescue Our Furry Friends (ROFF), 133 N Walnut St., Burnham, PA 17009.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Monday, October 7th, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Yeagertown United Methodist Church
    7 N Mann Ave
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  • Service

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 6:30pm
    Monday, October 7th, 2019 6:30pm
    Yeagertown United Methodist Church
    7 N Mann Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Rachel Horst
    Rev. Thomas Morningstar


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Pat Riden White

Posted at 03:08pm
Rick and Family
Marty was a kind, gentle soul who will be missed. My sincere sympathy

Paula Treaster Ross

Posted at 10:47am
There are not to many people in ones life time that one can say they have been truly blessed by knowing that person. I can honestly say that Marty was one. She and I both grow up in Yeagertown and attended bible school at the Methodist church. As we grew older and married we only saw each other in the work place. Marty assisted me as a patient a couple of times and she always had the right choice for me. We both had the chance to catch up on our life's this past year and really had a good talk. Even though we worked we both agreed on the fact that Family was very important to us. The love she expressed about you all really touched my heart. I am praying for you all today as you give respect and honor too the memory of Marty your wife, mother, sister, grandmother, family member and friend.

Bill Ayoub

Posted at 02:21pm
Rick and family,

Please accept our sincere sympathy. I have many great memories of Marty: a fun loving person, a great nurse, a dedicated coworker. Her family was always of the utmost importance to her. She was so proud of everyone. Her love and influence lives on with you all.

Bill and Norma Ayoub

Mag Force

Posted at 04:27pm
WE, the Chief Logan High School Alumni, offer our condolences to the family of Marty.

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