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Esther Melinda Davis

March 5, 1926 July 27, 2013
Esther Melinda Davis
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Obituary for Esther Melinda Davis
Lowell-Tims Funeral Home
1100 E. Tamarack Road
Altus, Oklahoma 73521
(580) 482-1233


Esther Melinda Davis, age 87, of Olustee, passed away at her residence Saturday afternoon, July 27, 2013, in Olustee.

Mrs. Davis was born on March 5, 1926, in Washington County, Illinois, to Charles and Ida L. (Meyer) Barkau. While living on the family farm, near Johannesburg, Illinois, she attended school in Johannesburg. Leaving school in the eighth grade, Esther worked at several restaurants over the years. Eventually she moved to Lawton, Oklahoma to be with some friends and she met Kestle Davis who had retired from the Army and began working for Civil Service. In September 1980, Esther and Kestle were married and they established their first home in Faxon, Oklahoma. In 1982, Kestle retired from Civil Service and they moved to Olustee to be near friends, where she lived until her death. A homemaker most of her life, Esther enjoyed reading books, especially her Bible. Cooking, baking and spending time with her family is what she enjoyed doing in her spare time

Preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leroy Barkau, Stanley Barkau and Roy Barkau and her husband Kestle, in 2002, she is survived by two sisters, Gladys Barkau of Olustee and Leona Schrader and husband Ralph of Okawville, Illinois; one step-daughter, Ann Lane of Knoxville, Tennessee and many nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Esther Davis will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2013, at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Max Gunn and Debbie Kulbeth officiating. Interment will follow at the Olustee Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus.

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