Leandra “Chip” (Aguilera) Davis, passed away peacefully at home in Topeka, KS, where she had lived her entire life. She was born on February 27, 1933, the daughter of Jesus and Dolores Compos Aguilera. Chip grew up in the area known as, “The Bottoms”, attending Branner Grade School, East Topeka Jr. High and Topeka High School.
Her husband John W. Davis (Papa J) preceded her in death in 2006. They shared many years together molding the lives of their three children and spoiling their grandchildren.
Chip is survived by her children, Jim Davis and his wife Debbie, Peter Bell and his wife Michelle, and Delores “Dee” Gonzales and her husband Greg. Grandma Chip is survived by her eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
Chip was the last of seven Aguilera sisters, Delfina Cobos, Martha Marbury, Dorothy Paradiso, Margarita Padilla, Eva Ortiz and Mary Roche, all preceded her in death. Her parents Jesus and Dolores Aguilera, along with an infant brother, Jose, preceded her in death as well.
Chip began work at a young age, and held various jobs in downtown Topeka, including the Dickinson Theater which sparked her love for movies and the Coffee Cup Café, where she met John. She started her career with the City of Topeka as one of the first, “Meter Maids”, and worked for the city the remainder of her career.
After retirement, John and Chip volunteered at the Topeka VA assisting veterans. Chip enjoyed sewing before her arthritis made it impossible to do so. She was an avid sports fan, favoring the KC Royals, KC Chiefs and KU Basketball. She shared her joy of baseball with her great-grandson, teaching him how to keep an official scorebook. Chip enjoyed playing board games with family, particularly her grandchildren. Chip was a true card sender, choosing funny over serious ones. Chip was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and always enjoyed attending the annual Fiesta.
The family would like to thank Interim Hospice and especially Myriam, Kylie, Janna, and Stacey for assisting with the care of their mother.
She will lie in state at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home from 4-7:00 P.M., Thursday, June 10, 2021 with a rosary at 5:30 P.M. The family kindly asks for those that attend, to please wear casual attire that supports the KC Chiefs, KC Royals, and KU.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 201 NE Chandler St., Topeka, KS 66616. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Topeka.
Memorial contributions can be made in Chip’s memory to Our Lady of Guadalupe Building Fund and/or to the Capper Foundation, 3500 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. Please make contributions to the certain organization. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
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Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.