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Flossie Edelman Davis

Flossie Edelman Davis, 85, of Dothan, Ala., formerly of Lake George, Minn., died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Newton First Assembly of God Church in Newton, Ala., with the Rev. Andy Wood and the Rev. Terry Howard officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be held later at Montrose Cemetery in Greenville, Ill.

Byrd Funeral Home in Dothan assisted the family with arrangements.

She was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Highmore, S.D. She spent the early years of her life in Lake George where the family was engaged in farming. She attended Lake Alice School (a one-room schoolhouse) through the eighth grade. In 1941, she graduated from Park Rapids High School. She then moved to Washington, D.C., and was employed with the Department of Defense as a secretary in the office of Gen. Omar Bradley. She married Ralph M. Davis June 8, 1951. He became a pastor at Assemblies of God. He served churches in Virginia, Maryland and Wisconsin. After his retirement from full-time ministry, they resided in Keysport, Ill., until his death in 1996. In her final years, she lived in the homes of her children and enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow. She was a member of several Assembly of God churches, where her husband ministered and attended First Assembly of God church in Newton. She served the churches by teaching Sunday school and was a Sunday school superintendent, children's church, coordinator of women's ministries and in many other behind-the-scenes capacities.

She is survived by her sons, Ralph (Beth) E. Davis of Orange City, Iowa, Russell (Bonnie) L. Davis of Memphis, Tenn., Ronald (Christie) L. Davis of Silver Springs, Md., and Rodney (Lisa Marie) P. Davis of Dothan; 12 grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Clara Bessler, Phillip Edelman, Stanley Edleman, Manuel Edelman, Beverly Whiddon, Evelyn Dutra, Barbara Thelen, Alice Zinniel, Leo Edelman, Lyle Edelman, Lillian Landin, Delmar Edelman and Mary Hutchings; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Alzheimer's Resource Center, P.O. Box 1170, Dothan, AL 36302; Home Ministries of the Assemblies of God; Minister's Benefit Association of the Assemblies of God; Neuroscience and Persons Program of Northwest Christian College, Orange City, Iowa; St. Joseph's Indian School of Chamberlain, SD; Troy University Dothan, P.O. Box 8368, Dothan, AL 36304; or The Gideons.