Elizabeth Davis, 85, homemaker
Elizabeth “Betty” Doris Davis, a “government girl,” homemaker and community volunteer, died July 11 at her home in Lusby, Md. She was 85.
Born Sept. 6, 1919, in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, she was one of eight children. After her father died in an industrial accident in 1923, her mother moved the children to the new suburb of Whitestone, Long Island.
In 1937, she graduated from Bayside High School. She was the first of her siblings to graduate from high school, her older siblings having dropped out to support the family.
During World War II, she worked for the War Department. She met Harold “Spike” Davis, who would become her husband, at a roller rink when he was a member of the Army Air Corps stationed at LaGuardia Air Force Base.
They married in Russell, Kan., where Mr. Davis was stationed at Walker Air Force Base, and then moved to Bridgeport, W.Va., to begin raising their family.
In 1962, the family moved to Suitland, where Mrs. Davis continued to be active in her children’s PTA groups. While there, Mrs. Davis resumed her government career, working for the Census Bureau and the Naval Oceanographic Office.
In 1979, the Davises retired in Mill Creek, where Mrs. Davis worked at the Chesapeake Ranch Water Co., served as membership chairman of the Drum Point Property Owners Association and volunteered at the new Calvert Marine Museum.
She was active in the Aqua Squares square-dancing group, the Senior Bowling League of Prince Frederick and the Chesapeake Hills Golf League. She practiced yoga and water aerobics and, in later years, was an enthusiastic member of the Do Nothing Club, a group of ladies who lunch.
She served in the Meals on Wheels program and was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Solomons, Md.
Mrs. Davis donated her body for medical research.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years; daughters Mary Kay Davis of Arlington, Pat Welsh of Bethesda, Anne Marie Davis of Alexandria and Joan Wisnieski of Waldorf, Md.; a son, Rick Davis of Seattle; a brother, Frank Doris of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Calvert Hospice in Prince Frederick, Md., or the Salvation Army.