Marilyn Davis

Jerseyville | Friday, January 15 2021 |

Marilyn J. (Bertman) Davis, 77, died Friday, January 15, 2021 at Calhoun Nursing and Rehab Center in Hardin, after a brief, but brave, battle with breast cancer.

Marilyn was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 20, 1943, one of seven children born to Herbert and Doris (Ruyle) Bertman.

She was raised in Jerseyville, and graduated in 1961 from Jersey Community High School. 

She married Larry L. Davis on November 28, 1963 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville by Marilyn's uncle, Monsignor John Bertman. Together, they were blessed with 48 years of marriage and the joys of their four children before his death on April 19, 2012.

Before her marriage, Marilyn worked at Bertman's Department Store in downtown Jerseyville, a lifelong family business. Bertman's has remained a special memory to her family as this is where she met her husband, Larry. Following their marriage, Marilyn chose to be a stay at home Mom, caring for her children and their home in the country. After they were grown, she continued to care for children, enjoying her new job as a bus monitor for Jersey Community Unit School District #100.

Growing up in a large, loving and faith based family, Marilyn lived her life of selfless love and giving to others. Their home was always full of friends and family, and with that came lots of activity. She made sure everyone felt at home and no one ever left with an empty stomach.

Surviving are her four children and their spouses, Patrick and Mary Davis of Granite City, James and Kim Davis, Carolyn and Gary Roberts, and Elizabeth Davis all of Jerseyville;  Eight grandchildren and their spouses, Jenna Davis, Eric Davis and Marc Davis all of Granite City, Bryan and Laura Davis of O'Fallon, Mo., Bradley and Tarah Davis of Litchfield, Blake Davis and his fiance' Julia Benz of Jerseyville, Kelli Roberts and Holli Roberts both of Jerseyville; two great grandchildren, Nora Mae Davis and Margaret James Davis, and one on the way;  a sister and brother in law, Patricia and Ronald Turner of Kane; a brother and sister in-law, Charles and Kaye Bertman of Jerseyville; and three sisters in-law, Karen Bertman of Jerseyville, Margie Bertman of Wesley Chapel, Fl., and Lois (Davis) Bryant of Red Bud.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Carolyn Bertman; two brothers, John Bertman and Robert Bertman; and a sister and brother in law, Mary Ann and Lawrence Pranger.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.

All CDC mandates will be followed, and masks are required.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father Hyland Smith officiating.

She will be laid to rest in  St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Jerseyville.

Memorials may either be given to a fund for the care of her daughter Elizabeth, or to Dominican Sisters in the name of Sister Eugenia Bertman, both in care of the funeral home.

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Obit Provided By:
Crawford Funeral Home

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