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Paula Nan (Heitzman) Davis

Bartonville – Paula Nan (Heitzman) Davis, 71, of Bartonville, passed away at 5:50 AM on Monday, June 24, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Methodist. She was born on July 10, 1947 in Peoria to Donald E. and Belva M. (Binder) Heitzman. She married Jan Earle Davis on November 27, 1987 at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Peoria, IL, he survives.

Also surviving is her son, Todd D. Fels of Canton, IL and many beloved friends.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents.

Paula graduated from Limestone Community High School in 1965. She owned and managed Pekin Machine and Parts Company. For 67 years, it was a family owned business. Paula also owned and operated Fels 4 seasons and Paula’s Dress Apparel. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville, IL.

Paula had a great sense of humor and loved telling stories to all of her many loving friends. One of her last wishes was to make sure all of her friends knew how much she loved them and how much she enjoyed being around them. Her friends were among the most important parts of her life and she and her husband, Jan opened their home to every one of them. Paula loved hosting parties and welcoming friends into her home.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville, IL, where a visitation will be held from 9-11 AM. Pastor Michael Jones will officiate. Burial will follow at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria, IL. Memorials can be made to St. John Lutheran Church. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Juanita reader

    Reply June 25, 2019 6:47 pm

    Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying your memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  • Ed Monroe

    Reply June 26, 2019 12:27 pm

    Jan. So sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. My thoughts are with you.

  • John Petrakis

    Reply June 26, 2019 4:21 pm

    Jan , So sorry to hear of your loss with the passing of Paula your soul mate. Liz and I are praying for you.

  • Brenda Aaron Hutton

    Reply June 27, 2019 8:04 pm

    Coach so sorry about Paula she was a very special lady. I know her and pop are up there just dancing and laughing she always called him her sweetheart may god be with you at this time prayers love the Aaron Family

  • Bonnie

    Reply June 28, 2019 3:38 pm

    Jan, yes we all loved her also..She has left us many memories with her humor I am so sorry. God be with you.

  • Nancy Livengood-Miller

    Reply June 28, 2019 3:54 pm

    One of my dearest friends. Our friendship developed in grade school; and I moved away with my family when I was ten to Oklahoma. Paula and I kept in touch over the years; and I find it so hard to believe that she is gone. I know she’s home now with all those she cared about whole, well and not suffering; and I can’t wait to see that laughing beautiful smile again. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Jan and Todd and to all her family and many friends. She’ll definitely be missed.

  • Missy Kolowski

    Reply June 28, 2019 7:28 pm

    Jan and Todd,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. She was an amazing, caring, warm and loving person. I will miss our conversations and those HUGS. She was one of the nicest and most thoughtful people I have ever known. She was my friend.

    With tears and warm memories,

    Missy K.

  • Kay and Matt Bernstein

    Reply June 29, 2019 8:16 am

    Jan, we will truly miss Nan’s laugh and smile. We enjoyed the time we had with her.

  • Roland Harms

    Reply June 29, 2019 1:01 pm

    Jan,sorry for your loss. Paula was a beautiful person inside and out. Her parents and my parents were dear friends when we were growing up. I last saw her at my moms visitation and I wanted to convey my last respects here. She will be fondly remembered as long as I live.

  • Eleanor and George Dunn

    Reply June 29, 2019 3:08 pm

    Jan, So sorry to hear of Paula’s passing.. I first met Paula when I shopped at her shop in Bartonville . THen somehow my daughter was dating Todd. after that my daughter was her freind forever. That was Paula.. such a nice lady. Todd so sorry of your Mothers passing . Between you living in our neigh hood and Grandma being here also , and my daughter Kim our lives have crossed paths a few times. please except our sympathy.

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