Arlene Haslouer Davis, 87, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Saturday, August 17th with family by her side. The rosary will be prayed at 5:45 pm, Friday, August 23rd at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 2 E 75th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114, followed by the visitation until 8:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Saturday, August 24th at Saint Elizabeth’s Church. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Pkwy, #100, Kansas City, MO 64114 or to the Rockhurst High School Al Davis Scholarship Fund, 9301 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114.
Arlene was born on a farm just south of Abilene, KS on September 23, 1925, to Joseph & Rosa (Koestle) Haslouer. She married her high school sweetheart, the legendary Rockhurst High School coach, Al Davis, when he returned from WWII. Dad was the smartest man in the world because he married our Mom. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1947 with her degree in Home Economics.
She was a gentle woman, beautiful, loving, kind, never a bad word about anyone, wry sense of humor, stunning smile, gracious, stubborn, stoic, classy dresser, reader, puzzler, cook extraordinaire, depression-era farm child, wife, mother, grandma, great g-ma, sister, aunt, friend, teacher. She never yelled at her kids, a raised eyebrow was enough. She was a classy lady!
When Dad got home from WWII in May of 1946, after taking an extra six months to play football for the troops waiting to be deployed, Mom told him she wanted to get married right away. They were married on July 6 with typical Kansas July temperatures. Mom wore a high neck, long sleeve, heavy satin wedding gown. When Dad decided he didn’t want to continue on to medical school, or play professional football, but wanted to coach high school football and teach, Mom simply said, “Okay”.
Mom kept her own counsel and simply supported Dad and each of us kids and then the grandkids. She was a constant, calming presence in our lives.
Mom was the calm in our storm of seven children and all our friends. She took everything in stride. She created a loving home. Dad was our Rock, Mom was the glue that held us altogether. Her strength of character and inherent goodness, influenced all those around her to be better than we thought we could be. She had only a few words to answer all queries. “I’m fine.” “Well, well. “My, my.” “Hmmmm.” These were spoken with a voice inflection which could tell anyone all they needed to know.
After her seventh child was born, she started teaching kindergarten at St. Elizabeth’s Grade School. She walked to and from school every day for twenty-five years. There were normally forty to fifty kids in both morning and afternoon classes. Every spring she hosted a luncheon at our home for the entire staff. She bought out Mclain’s Bakery for the event. She was inducted into the St. Elizabeth Hall of Fame in 2011. She also hosted coach/wife get-togethers after most football games during the twenty-six years Dad, Al Davis, coached the Rockhurst varsity football team.
Everyone who knew her thought she was a saint . . . now she is an angel.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Coach Al Davis, Jr, her son, Lynn Alton Davis III, her brother, Warren J. Haslouer, her sister Lydia Louise Hargreaves and grandsons; Thomas Knight Lodigensky and Benjamin Knight Davis. She is survived by her daughter, Maureen Davis of Overland Park, KS, son, Michael K. Davis & wife Joyce of Lenexa, KS, daughter, Jennifer A. Gibb & husband Bruce of Mission, KS, son, Christopher J. Davis & fiancée Yan of Leawood, KS, daughters; Sara J. Holliday & husband John of Kansas City, MO and Julie R. Luttman & husband Steve of Leawood, KS, brother, Paul M. Strunk & wife Deana of Corpus Christi, Texas, and brother-in-law E.G. Davis & wife Doris of Great Falls, Montana, as well as fifteen grandchildren: Amanda ( Travis), Becky; Calley (Shawn), Jake (Courtney), Kaitlyn, Alex, Zach Alton; Jeff (Christy), Ryan (RaeChelle), Lindsay, Kyle, Annie; Emily; Camden and Rosie, & nine great grandchildren: Sam, Oliver Alton, Max, Connor, Molly; Tristan, Mya, Carson and Christopher Alton. Condolences may be left for the family at www.muehlebachchapel.com.
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Arlene Haslouer Davis)