Juanita Faye Deem

b. 8 April 1915, d. 19 October 2008

Juanita Faye Deem Kirk Davis b. 8 April 1915, d. 19 October 2008

Father*Moses Ellsworth Deem b. 17 Jul 1881, d. 6 Feb 1941
Mother*Ruby Agnes Shepard b. 22 May 1885, d. 20 May 1930
Juanita Faye Deem|b. 8 Apr 1915\nd. 19 Oct 2008|p47.htm|Moses Ellsworth Deem|b. 17 Jul 1881\nd. 6 Feb 1941|p24.htm|Ruby Agnes Shepard|b. 22 May 1885\nd. 20 May 1930|p39.htm|Ozias Deem|b. 26 Oct 1848\nd. 13 Apr 1929|p23.htm|Catherine Grim|b. 20 Dec 1852\nd. 12 Nov 1924|p57.htm|Joseph W. Shepard|b. 18 Sep 1858\nd. 31 Oct 1936|p40.htm|Annie L. Anderson|b. 25 Dec 1863\nd. 10 Jan 1893|p56.htm|

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Becoming a substitute mother to her 12 brothers and sisters as a teenager and giving birth to 12 children of her own in 16 years has to qualify Faye Kirk Davis, Route 2, Washington, for special Mother's Day honors. But that's only part of a sometimes sad, often difficult, but always meaningful and rewarding story. Now 69, Mrs. Davis took on the role of motherhood as a teenager when she was the sixth among a family of 13 children at home. She and the older children were responsible for "mothering" the family after their mother died when Faye was 15. They held the family together for several months until school started when their day "farmed out" some of them with relatives. Faye went to Akron to live with an aunt, but didn't like the city and came home the next summer to get married at 16. Having 12 children of her own seemed natural enough, and their full house was a busy, happy home until July 25, 1948, when her husband drowned in the Ohio River at Washington Bottom during a family outing. That was when her oldest child was 16 and two days before her 12th was born. Her 10th child died at the age of six weeks. The accident was on Sunday. she went to the hospital on Monday, gave birth to her last child on Tuesday, went to the funeral Wednesday and came home to put all their lives back together to remain a family. She saw all 11 children graduate from Parkersburg High School. They all have jobs today, and have presented her with 32 grandchildren and 17 g. grandchildren. at Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. 
Birth*She was born on 8 April 1915 at Parkersburg, Wood County, WV. 
(Living With Parents) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1920 in the household of her parents Moses Ellsworth Deem and Ruby Agnes Shepard at Tygart District, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV; Mose E Deem 38 working at the shovel plant, Ruby A Deem 34, Carl Deem 12, Hellen E Deem 10, Walter L Deem 8, Delbert C Deem 6, Albert C Deem 6, Juanita F Deem 4 8/12, Ada L Deem 1 6/12.1
(Living With Parents) CensusShe appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of her parents Moses Ellsworth Deem and Ruby Agnes Shepard at Tygart District, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV; Mose E Deem 48 occupation barber, Ruby A Deem 44, Walter T Deem 18, Albert Deem 16, Delbert Deem 16, Faye Deem 15, Lois Deem 11, Elma Deem 9, Audrey Deem 6, Velma Deem 4, Eleanore Deem 2 9/12, Helen Martin 28.2
Marriage*Juanita Faye Deem married George Edward Kirk, son of Samuel H Kirk and Sarah Ella Trader, on 21 January 1932 at Parkersburg, Wood County, WV; Minister J E Elliott.3
Marriage*Juanita Faye Deem married Faye Howard Davis, son of Clifford Davis and Grace Putnam, in 1971 at 310 8th Ave, Baptist Gospel Temple, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV; Rev. R.L. Phillips. 
Death*Juanita Faye Deem died on 19 October 2008 at 800 Garfield Ave, Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV, at age 93.4 
Obituary*Her obituary published on 21 October 2008 at Parkersburg News, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV; J. Faye Kirk Davis, 93, of Washington, WV died October 19, 2008 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital. She was born April 8, 1915 in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late Moses and Ruby Shepard Deem.

Faye retired from the DuPont cafeteria in 1976 as a cook and attended DuPont Road Chapel.

She is survived by seven sons, Harold Kirk and wife Margie of Belpre, William Kirk and special friend Lynda of Belpre, Richard Kirk and wife Jo Ann of Washington, Jerry Kirk and wife Judy of Leesburg, FL, Wayne Kirk and wife Marilyn of Mineral Wells, Romie Kirk and wife Eleanor of Agusta, WV, John Kirk of Washington; three daughters, Jean Byrd and husband Tever of Washington, Macel McGinnis and husband Carroll of Cairo, Edna Mae Dailey and husband Don of Lubeck; over 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Kirk, second husband, Howard Davis; one daughter, Eleanor "Jake" Kirk; infant son, David Kirk; six sister; five brothers; three grandchildren, Janet Stone, Jeffrey Kirk, Cyndi Kirk; three great grandchildren, including Tracy Yocum and two infant great grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday 1:00 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Gene Hutton officiating.

Burial will follow at Bethel Baptist Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Parkersburg, 29th and Poplar Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.4
Burial*She was buried on 22 October 2008 at 15 Bethel Rd, Bethel Cemetery, Lubeck, Wood County, WV.4 

Family 1

George Edward Kirk b. 30 July 1911, d. 25 July 1948

Family 2

Faye Howard Davis b. 1920, d. 27 March 1986

Last Edited25 Jun 2011


  1. [S4] 1920 Census Wood County WV Tygart District.
  2. [S5] 1930 Census Wood County WV Tygart District.
  3. [S1] Wood County WV Marriage Record.
  4. [S7] Obituary.