Almeda Rose Davis was born August 24, 1952 to Donald Deck and Rose Ann (Martin) Deck of Tacoma. As a newborn she lived in Yelm, WA. with grandpa Jim and Nanny. At the age of two, she was adopted by Leland Gardner. As a young adult, she married Tom Waters and was blessed with a son, Kahle. Almeda later married Manford James (Jim) Davis on August 24, 1985 on the Davisâ€™ family property in Montesano, WA. Over time they were also blessed with two boys: Paden and Colton.
While in Mazatlan, Mexico, our dear loved one passed away on March 4, 2012. Almeda is survived by her husband, Manford Davis; sons Kahle Waters, Paden and Colton Davis; and step-children Monroe and Sarah Davis; mother Rose Ann Olsen and father Leland Gardner; half-siblings James Gardner, David Gardner, Angela Robinson Hammond, Henry Cecil (Robbie) Robinson, Judy Gardner, Gary Gardner, Clinton Gardner, Chris Gardner Cooper, Brett Gardner Cooper, Laura Lee Gardner, Bill Deck and one other half-brother (Deck); and other family and friends too numerous to mention.
She was preceded in death by Donald Deck and stepfathers Henry Cecil (Bud) Robinson and James Olsen.
During her life, Almeda lived in Tenino, Yelm, Olympia, Seattle, Soap Lake, Rainer, Brady and Colville. She drove school bus for many years in the Rainier, Montesano and Colville areas. She was also a member of Colville Valley Fiber Friends Guild, American Legion Riders, and many mule and horse clubs both here and in Western Washington.
There will be a Celebration of Life to honor our loved one, Almeda, and a potluck to follow at the American Legion Hall at 103 East 6th Avenue in Colville at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 29.