On May 16, 1918, in Arlington, Texas, God blessed Orville Franklin and Mattie Lou (Goodman) Davis with their firstborn, a beautiful baby girl, Dorothy Mae Davis. At the age of six years, Dorothy Mae and her family moved from Texas to Oklahoma in a covered wagon, settling in the community of Round-Up, near Milo, where she and her brother Francis later attended school. At the age of 17, Dorothy met Ernest Delbert Beavers whom she married after a short courtship. The couple moved to Rexroat, Okla., where they established their home and raised seven children to adulthood, losing an infant son at the age of eight days. Dorothy, Ernest and their oldest three sons were all Charter Members of the Rexroat Baptist Church, where Dorothy taught Primary Sunday School during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Dorothy Mae worked as a homemaker, nurse’s aide and a ward clerk at the Ardmore Adventist Hospital for several years.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Dorothy lived through 18 presidents, seven wars, the Great Depression, man’s first walk on the moon and numerous other world renowned events. Well known for being ready to go at the drop of a hat, Dorothy traveled to the Philippine Islands and Hawaii and went on several cruises - the last at age of 96. On March 5, 2018, Dorothy Mae stepped from her Earthy life into life eternal in Heaven at the age of 99.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Mattie Lou Davis; husband of 48 years, Ernest Delbert Beavers on June 30, 1984; sons, Gary Lynn Beavers in 1951, and Calvin Robert Beavers in 2015; brothers, Francis Davis, Orville Franklin Davis Jr., Charles Davis and Herrall Davis; and sister, Sandra Solesky.
Left to cherish her memory are three sons, Ernest Orville Beavers and his wife, Mabini, of Tulsa, Jerry Dale Beavers and his wife, Kathy, of Moore and Billy Wayne Beavers and his wife, Donna, of Harrah; three daughters, Patsy Joan Gothard of Ardmore, Barbara June Gill and her husband, John, of Ardmore and Vicki Sue Briant and her husband, Carl, of Midwest City; 19 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren;  23 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Orville Ray Davis; sister, Brenda Moyer; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church on Saturday, March 10 with Brother Jimmy May officiating. Interment will follow at Keller Cemetery, near Rexroat, Okla. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, at Craddock Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, William Beavers, Robert Beavers, Jeff Beavers, Mike Beavers, Gary Beavers, Casey Gill, Kevin Gill and Phillip Briant. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Beavers, Michael Brown and Jason Briant. As a celebration of Dorothy’s life and the joy she brought to all, the family request that those in attendance dress in happy colors and comfortable clothing.
Online condolences may be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.