Mrs. Davis died in the late evening hours of Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas, surrounded by her loving family.
Born Jan. 4, 1920, in Georgetown, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Martin Luther and Martha Florence Taylor Cates.
She married the love of her life, E. J. Davis, on May 12, 1943, in Georgetown, Texas, and together began a nearly 60-year marriage full of family, love and faith. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2002.
Doris worked for a short time as a teacher but quickly found that being a preacher’s wife was a full-time job. The Rev. Davis was the preacher at Pollard United Methodist in Tyler, Texas, from 1968-72, during which time the sanctuary was built. They moved back to Tyler, Texas, in 1982, and again joined Pollard United Methodist Church. For the last 30 years, Doris was a fixture at Pollard, where she was last a member of the Builder’s Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Tuesday Reading Club. Doris enjoyed music and loved to cook. She was very good at cooking and providing meals for anyone she could. Doris was also a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women. She had a deep and passionate love for the church and made sure to pass it along throughout her family.
Through all the time and care she had for the church, Doris’ family was always first. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. In her later years, when she wasn’t able to do the things she used to do, Doris spent countless hours sending out cards with words of congratulations, welcome, sympathy and praise. She lived to put a smile on the face of anyone she could and loved being a huge part of her family and her church.
Doris is survived by one son, Jeff Davis, and wife Danna, of Cleveland; one daughter, Janis Sirianni of Tyler, Texas; grandchildren, Ben Davis and wife Anna, Casey Davis and wife Allison, Cade Sirianni and wife Abby, and Eve Sirianni; and by great-grandchildren, Averi Davis, Chloe Davis, Madison Sirianni, Vincent Sirianni and Joey Sirianni.
Memorials may be made in her name to Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 New Copeland Road, Tyler, TX 75701.
The Northeast Georgian
May 22, 2013