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Iris Davis

November 13, 1924 — December 20, 2018

Iris Davis, age 94 of St. Peter, formerly of Lewisville, passed away on December 20, 2018.  Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lewisville at 11 Am. Visitation 2 hours prior at the church. Interment will follow in Antrim Public Cemetery, Lewisville. Zaharia Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Iris Rosina Elden was born in London, England on November 13, 1924 to Horace Walter and Rosina Alice May Elden.  She was baptized in a church of the Church of England.  Through the encouragement of two friends Iris attended Streatham Methodist Church playing the piano for Sunday School.  Iris was evacuated to the southern English town of Chichester three days before England declared war on Germany, September 3, 1939.  She was confirmed at Chichester Cathedral. 

Iris lived with a Chichester family until age 17 and then went back to London to be with her parents.  She attended Norwood Technical College to study for Civil Service exams and the London College of Art. She also studied piano with an instructor from the Royal College of Music.  While working at the War Damage Commission in London, she met Dale Davis.

Dale and Iris were married February 16, 1946 in Streatham, London, England.  She came to the United States on a ship with other war brides and then by train to Mankato, where Dale met her to bring her to the Lewisville farm. 

Iris was very active in the community:  ARC, Lewisville American Legion Auxiliary, Lewisville Kitchen Band, Truman HS Choir accompanist, American Federation of Music Clubs, many piano students, and Ladies Aid, and as Zion Lutheran Church organist for 65 years.

Iris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale, and daughter Denise.  Survivors include her children:  Lynette (Richard) Vagts; Cheryl (Harland) Nelson; 8 grand children and 7 great grand children and nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville.

A special thank you to the entire staff at Mankato Mayo Hospice East team for their excellent care of Iris. 



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