Age 92 of Wilmington, Illinois, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois.
Born April 12, 1929 in London, Kentucky, Ida Fae was a daughter of James Franklin and Aggie Drucilla (Hamblin) Higginbotham. She was raised in Noblesville, Indiana and graduated from Noblesville High School. On November 24, 1950 Fae married Lewis “Kelly” Davis and together they made their home and raised their family in Wilmington, Illinois. She worked on the line at the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant and later gained employment with Johnson and Johnson Personal Products from where she retired following 20 years of service. Throughout the years, Fae also worked at Tenn’s Store in Wilmington during the holiday seasons. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wilmington, and will be remembered for her cooking, especially that of fried chicken, her potato salad and cherry cheese cake.
A 30 year breast cancer survivor, Fae babysat for many kids throughout the years. She enjoyed camping at the Wilmington Recreation Club and the Miners Club, gardening and canning. She and Kelly took pleasure in wintering in Lake Placid Florida for many years, where she participated in various craft pastimes.
Survivors include three children: Pamela Sue Kammann of Limestone, and Steven L. (Cynthia) Davis and John Kevin Davis, both of Wilmington; (10) grandchildren: Lisa Marie (Brad) Raymond, Sara (Eric) Rabideau, Heather Davis, Kathryn Davis, Patrick Davis, Shawn Davis, Josh Davis, Kellie Jean (Mark) Adams, Erin Michelle (Andrew) Molloy and Molly Rose Davis; eight great-grandchildren: Alyvia Marie Raymond, Carter Raymond, Dominick J. Rabideau, Danicka Rabideau, Alexis Tinsley, Jacob Cerruti, Lillian Autumn Davis and Hayden A. Molloy; one sister-in-law, Shirley Higginbotham of Noblesville, Indiana and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fae was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kelly on November 28, 2011; son, Ronald on December 13, 2013; son-in-law, James Kammann; sister Laura Sylvia in infancy; four brothers: Monroe, Charles, Glen and Douglas and a niece, Ruthann Higginbotham.
The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of funeral service 6:00 p.m. Reverend Harriette Cross from the First United Methodist Church in Wilmington will officiate. A private family interment will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on Thursday, where Fae will be laid to rest with her late husband, Kelly.
Those wishing to participate in the services virtually are welcome to join the live-stream or watch on-demand after the conclusion of the services by clicking on the following link. FAE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Fae’s memory to the American Cancer Association.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Fae’s memorial page online through social media.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)