Veterans Who Have Passed — Lt. Colonel Jean Davis

Lt. Colonel Jean Davis

Lt. Colonel Jean Davis, 91, of Rockford, was promoted to glory on December 4, 2020 at Wesley Willows. Born July 16, 1929 in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, the fifth of eight children; the daughter of Salvation Army parents Stanley and Anne (Tobin) Elliott. She married James V. Davis on November 1, 1951 in Minneapolis, MN; he predeceased her August 7, 2012.

Lt. Colonel Jean Davis was a commissioned officer of The Salvation Army, June 16, 1949. She served as a Corps officer in North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan. She was a model for married women officers, holding independent appointments, and was appointed Territorial Guard and Sunbeam Director in 1976; Volunteer Services Director for the Central Territory in 1984; and Assistant Program Secretary for the Central Territory in 1989. She was American Volunteer Association speaker in Jerusalem at the Conference for Mediterranean Directors of Volunteers and received at the home of Israel’s Prime Minister. In 1988 she was awarded the Governor’s Award as Outstanding Volunteer Director in the State of Illinois, and in 1990 was awarded the Association for Volunteer Administration National Award for “Significant and Exemplary Work in Volunteerism.” She enjoyed all kinds of new experiences, traveling and meeting new people, and helping others.

Favorite lifetime bible verse was “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6

Survived by her children, Susan (Cary) Ell of St. Louis, MO, Stanley Davis of Hallandale Beach, FL, and Dr. Joyce (Miriam Stratton) Davis of Gibsonville, NC; grandsons, Christopher (Elizabeth Palazzolo) Ell and Brian Ell; sisters, Kathleen Fish and Bella Creel; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Private burial will take place in Oakridge Glen Oaks Cemetery in Hillside, IL. A memorial service will be planned for the Spring. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services.\

Source: Published in Rockford Register Star, December 12, 2020, as found on