Marilyn Joyce (Sawyer) Davey


On Friday, March 10, 2023, Marilyn Joyce (Sawyer) Davey, loving wife, mother, and longtime resident of the San Luis Valley passed away at the age of 73. Marilyn was born to Derrell and Ruth Sawyer in Lamar, Colo.

She attended Colorado State University and studied fashion and design where she met her husband of 51 years, John Allen Calvert Davey. After their marriage, they made their home in Del Norte and she transferred to Adams State College where she earned a degree in Business.  She raised two daughters, Jennifer Snyder, and Gwendolyn Dall.

Marilyn owned and operated Shades, Quilts & Etc. at 129 Adams St. in Monte Vista for 27 years. Marilyn was an accomplished seamstress and loved to create handcrafted masterpieces for her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Davey, her daughters Jennifer Snyder (Matthew) and Gwendolyn Dall (Tyler) and her grandchildren Ashley Zulauf (Tyler), Jonathan Snyder, Weston Dall, Jeffery Snyder (Lexington), Abigail Dall, Caleb Dall, Joshua Snyder and great-granddaughter Logan Zulauf. 

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 20, at the Monte Vista United Methodist Church at 215 N. Washington with a reception and refreshments to follow in the parish hall. The graveside service will follow the same day at 1 p.m. at the Saguache Cemetery “Hillside Cemetery” with a  reception and refreshments to follow at the Saguache United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the PEO International, Chapter V of Monte Vista.

Arrangements are in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home of Monte Vista.