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Obituary: Maria "Myra" Davie, Columbus

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Maria “Myra” Davie, 77, of Columbus, died at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Scott Hill officiating. The family will receive friends in the Laws Room of the church following the service.

Private inurnment will be in the church columbarium.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Arrangements were made by Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Myra graduated from Calderhead High School in 1951 and attended college in Coatbridge, Scotland. She was appointed assistant registrar for Shotts, Scotland, and was presented to the Queen Mother at Register House in Edinburgh. She was the youngest assistant registrar in Scotland at just 18 years of age.

During her primary and high school years, she was awarded several West of Scotland championships which included a Burns’ poetry reciting competition and West of Scotland Badminton competition. She sang in the Shotts Musical Association Choir which was renowned for its performances throughout Scotland.

Myra and Robert started seeing each other when both were confirmed into Erskine Presbyterian Church where they both attended the youth fellowship. They represented the church in Edinburgh at the General Assembly for two years. Through her husband’s love for brass bands, Myra became an avid brass band music critic. She loved to listen to the bands playing hymns.

She worked as a paralegal in the office of Otto Shug for many years, was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a charter member of Cosmopolitan Club. She was an avid knitter and reader.

She was born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, she married Robert F. Davie October 29, 1960, at Erskine Presbyterian Church, Shotts, Scotland, and he survives. Also surviving are daughter, Eleanor (John) Galbraith of Carmel, IN; son, Tom (Anita) Davie of Columbus; and grandchildren, Kraig Ostermeyer of Indianapolis, Laura Galbraith of Glasgow, Scotland, Michael Bellamy of Alabama, Moria Bellamy of Iowa and Kelcie Davie of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen Vance Gibson; one brother; and one sister.

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