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Harriet Davis

Oct. 11, 1925-April 5, 2011

Harriet J. Davis, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Harriet Josephine Davis was born to Nels and Hanna (Hanson) Olson on October 11, 1925 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended country school in Shell Lake Township, rural Frazee. She then graduated from Frazee High School in 1943.

Harriet earned a teaching certificate and took her first teaching job in Wolf Lake. In September of 1946 she was united in marriage to Earl Davis. They farmed in the Cotton Lake area.

Over the years, Harriet taught in various rural schools in the Frazee, Detroit Lakes, Underwood and Park Rapids school districts. She completed her 40-year teaching career teaching elementary school in Detroit Lakes.

Following her teaching career, Harriet served as director of the Becker County Historical Society for 10 years.

Harriet's family and church were a very important part of her life. She was also very proud of being a teacher, and enjoyed staying in touch with former teachers and students. She was a very caring person who enjoyed helping others.

Harriet was very musical, and played many different instruments. She was named the Becker County Senior Citizen of the Year in 1997.

Surviving Harriet are one son, Don (Jane Ball) Davis of Rochert; grandson, Jeff (Janaya) Davis of Rochert; granddaughter, Nicole (David) Martinson of Chaska, Minn.; three great grandsons, Taylor, Colton and Parker Davis; one sister, Elaine (Clifford) Skinner of Hawaii; two sisters-in-law, Renilda Olson and Darlene Olson, both of Detroit Lakes; and many nieces and nephews

Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Ernie, Willis and Glen Olson; and three sisters, Lillian Carlson, Doris Tyree and Arlet Olson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9 in Harvest Fellowship Church, Frazee, with interment in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Osage.

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