Lyllevan ‘Cappi’ Davidson Phelps
June 26, 2012
Lyllevan Odetta Laiti was born July 11, 1923, in Issaquah, to Henry and Beulah Laiti.
Cappi passed away June 10, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a 1942 graduate of Issaquah High School and was very involved in keeping the high school class in contact over the past 70 years.
In her younger years, Cappi sang with the San Francisco Light Opera Co. in productions of “Showboat,” “Sally” and “Song of Norway.” She also sang for the USO at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
While in California, she met and married Robert C. Davidson, a medic in the Marine Corps. They moved to Kirkland and raised their three children.
Cappi worked several years for Dr. Joseph Feek in Kirkland and then worked at, and retired from, managing the Virginia Mason Gift Shop in Seattle.
In 1984, Cappi returned to Issaquah and married Lee Phelps. Cappi and Lee kept their home in Issaquah and also had a second home in Yuma, Ariz., where they loved being in the sun, dune-buggy riding and golfing until his passing in 2004.
Cappi continued to golf with the Snoqualmie Falls Ladies Golf Club, where she won many tournaments and had “three” hole-in-ones.
Cappi lived a very full life, enjoying dancing, fishing, playing pool, playing the piano and singing.
Cappi also enjoyed many lifelong loving friendships.
Cappi is survived by her children Robert C. Davidson Jr., James D. Davidson (Mary) and Kelli D. Keeley (Gregg); five grandchildren: Heather Langdon (Sean), Dax Davidson (Kara), Erin Keeley, Chelsea Davidson and Ross Davidson; three great-grandchildren: Walter and Hannah Langdon, and Lyla James Davidson; and three stepchildren: Shirley Sterner (Marvin), Wanda Phelps and David Phelps.
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend gave us so much of herself when she was here that she will be greatly missed. We know she wants us to be brave and rejoice in the knowledge she is with Lee in a better place.
If we listen carefully, she will still be there for us. In loving memory and tribute, we will live in our own truth. May the Lord hold our dear one in the palm of his hand.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. June 30 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. A reception will follow.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.