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Mary Elizabeth (Shell) DavisNovember 30, 1919 ~ March 13, 2017 (age 97)
Mary Elizabeth Shell Davis
November 30, 1919 – March 13, 2017
Mom was born in Lenoir, NC on November 30, 1919, the third of four children to William Oscar Shell and Carrie Estelle Lindsay.
She married Luna Alonzo Davis (Ret LCDR, USN) September 13, 1941 in Lenoir, NC. He told her he would show her the world, and she became a U.S. Navy wife for the first 30 years of their marriage, “Such is the Life of a Sailor’s wife.” After dad retired mom went to work at HAFB as a telephone operator.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and a lifetime member of Radiant Chapter Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #12. She was also a member of the Mountain Road Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Cheryll E. Woodland, Barbara J. (Steven) Jepson, all of Layton; three grandsons, three granddaughters, five great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters. Preceded in death by her husband, her only son, Walter Barry Davis (Ret CDR USN); a close son-in-law, Larry P. Woodland; granddaughter, Deann L. Woodland Flinders; two grandbabies, one sister, two brothers and many friends.
Thank you to Dr. DeGrauw, Rachel RN, Julie RN, her very caring CNAs April, Leticia, Paola and a thank you to Hospice. She loved you all and we appreciate your loving care of our Momma.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not here; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamonds gilt on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine in the night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Private family graveside services were held.
Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road.