Sue Davia

Sue Davia

August 17, 1949 ~ May 11, 2022

Date of Service:
May 21, 2022


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Sue Davia, 72, of Vero Beach, Florida, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. She was surrounded in love and prayer by her beloved family. Sue was born and raised in Hoopeston, Illinois. She attended Gies College of Business with a focus on secretarial studies before meeting the love of her life, Mark Davia on June 22, 1968. Sue and Mark said their vows in front of God and their family on May 3, 1969, and, after honeymooning in Bermuda, Sue moved to Pennsylvania and began her transition from downhome Midwesterner to an outspoken suburban housewife and mother blessed with a quick wit and a smidge of snark.

Transcendent of her time on Earth and in Heaven, Sue goes by many names; the most valued of which are Wife, Mom, Nana, Sister, Friend, and Child of God. Married to Mark for more than 53 years, Sue was committed to him in sickness and in health. With her husband by her side, Sue raised four daughters who have proven to be almost as strong-willed and independent as she is. Sue is the treasured Nana to seven grandchildren, and she played a vital role in their growth as kind, intelligent, talented, and unique humans. They and their mothers proudly walk in her footsteps.

As the oldest of five children, Sue was a valued confidant, mentor, and companion to her siblings. Friend to all, Sue would give the shirt off her back and the shoes from her feet to anyone in need. Those who knew her, appreciated her honest straightforward advice, and never doubted her authenticity. Her joyous smile could brighten your darkest days and her eyes were a window to her soul. Sue is honored to be a Child of God. So much so, in fact, she was baptized as a Presbyterian, later confirmed as a Catholic, and finally became a committed Lutheran and servant at her cherished church, Our Savior Lutheran Church where she proudly professed her faith and eagerly awaited her Savior’s calling.

Sue Davia was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2016. We share this, not because this diagnosis defined her life or who she was; to the contrary, in fact, Sue SURVIVED five years plus five months of treatments. She governed her life, pre- and post-diagnosis, and true to form, Sue controlled her transition and passing.

Survived by her loving husband, Mark Davia; daughters, Angela Davia, Sarah Davia (Joshua Zive), Rebecca DeSantis (Christopher), Beth Given (Scott); grandchildren, Holly Davia (Ray Wagman), Hunter Davia-Zive, Abigail DeSantis, Eric Given, Samantha DeSantis, Emily Given, Mark Given; siblings, Debby Dixon, Karen Peterson, John Long, and Stephen Long; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Brillhart. Sue was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Nancy Long; parent in-laws, Marcello and Mary Davia; and brother-in-law, Dave Dixon.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 Sixth Ave., Vero Beach, FL. Sue request guests at her service to dress comfortably in colors. Please do not wear black as we are rejoicing, not mourning.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church at

To honor Sue’s legacy and fighting spirit, please remind your loved ones of the importance of yearly exams as early detection saves lives.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

Date of Service:
May 21, 2022


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Sarah Davia - Favorite Daughter

May 14, 2022, 1:43 pm

I love you, Mom. There is nothing more I need to say. I’ll miss your smile. Don’t worry about Dad-we’ll take it from here.

Angela Davia - Actual favorite daughter

May 14, 2022, 5:03 pm

Mom I will miss you tremendously! I’m so thankful that I had these last five years to be with you and get to get closer to you! I will keep an eye on dad! I love you!

Thanh and Family - Loving Friends

May 14, 2022, 5:24 pm

Mark, Girls and Family: we share our deepest condolences and our hearts are with you. Like many, Sue touched our lives in so many ways and was a blessing to our family throughout the years. Most lovingly, her smile remains engraved in our hearts as it was a physical signature of the angel that she was in our lives. May the Lord’s grace calm your hearts as he welcomes her above and may she remain aloft in your lives with each passing sunset and the rise of each new dawn. Love Tu, Dieu, My Danh, My Van, Thanh and the little ones.

Sherry MAIN - Church

May 14, 2022, 5:36 pm

My heart felt condolence to the family.

John Main - friend

May 14, 2022, 5:39 pm

Dear Mark, Angie and Sarah – So sorry to hear about Sue’s passing. You all have been in our prayers for dome time and those prayers will continue. You all know that she is doing just fine in the arms of her Lord. Love John, Mary and Sherry Main

Richard and Anna Ramponi - Anna Vissa Ramponi, Cousin of Mark DaVia

May 14, 2022, 5:45 pm

Our sincere condolences and sympathy concerning Sue’s passing. We will remember her as a warm and friendly person who was devoted to her husband and daughters and always spoke highly of her family. We will also always remember our visit to Springfield, PA in 2010 and her hearty welcome and great cooking. May Sue Rest In Peace and may her family be consoled by her memory.


May 14, 2022, 6:02 pm


Patricia Profeta

May 14, 2022, 6:54 pm

Sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mom❤️❤️

Kathie Morgan - Friend

May 14, 2022, 7:48 pm

Sue was the real deal – authentic, loving, faith filled, kind hearted and generous. Fabulous memories of her Springfield chapter. She was a blessing to so many. Love and prayers to her family. Kathie and Jeff Morgan

Bob and Helen Bernardin - Cousins

May 14, 2022, 8:15 pm

We are praying for family and friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and all your loving memories to help you smile again.

Robert McGill - Friend

May 14, 2022, 8:33 pm

Your kindness, your smile, your caring, your strength will be missed by many. Your now in Gods hands with those who went before you, greeting you singing Holy Holy Holy.

Helene - Friend

May 14, 2022, 9:04 pm

To the Davia family, our heartfelt sympathy. We are so sorry for your loss. Helene and Charlie Jardine

Rita Carter

May 14, 2022, 10:16 pm

Oh So many memories have flitted thru my mind of our time growing up on Third Street. I was blessed with those times from the moment we met on the corner on our tricycles thru post-graduation. Those were the days! Now congratulations on a life well lived. I wish it could have been longer! Prayers to those you leave behind. I’m sure you taught them well in typical Sue fashion! Godspeed! Until we meet again.

Michael and Karen Reed

May 15, 2022, 1:56 am

We are sorry for you loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m glad to hear she passed peacefully surrounded by her loved ones!

Betty Schiavone - Friend of Angela

May 15, 2022, 2:21 am

Davia Family, I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful woman. Unfortunately for me, I did not have the pleasure of knowing her, but her legacy lives on in her beautiful family. Angela has become part of my family, and I can see the goodness of her mother reflected in her. My sincere sympathy to your entire family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Sue

Frank Zappia - Friend

May 15, 2022, 12:33 pm

Mark and Family. our thoughts and prayers are with you. No one can know the emotions that you are experiencing with the loss of Sue. She is now in God’s arms. God Bless You as you grieve and live each day knowing that she loved all of you deeply and wants you to smile. As you stated. Wear bright colors and rejoice for her life and all the love and joy she brought to so many. God Bless. Frank and Sandra Zappia

Hunter Davia-Zive - Grandson

May 15, 2022, 3:49 pm

I love and miss you, Nana. Even though these past few weeks have been very hard, I can be comfortable knowing that you are walking with God and watching over us. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom Innamorato - Friend

May 16, 2022, 11:12 am

Mark, my heart is broken to learn of Sue’s passing. I thought the world of her. Sending prayers and most importantly love and support to you and your family. Even though I only knew Sue as a young women, she was the smartest, loving, and most generous individuals that I had the privilege to spend my teenage years with. I respected her, and loved your relationship together. A real inspiration on how to live life.

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