NANCY DAVIS Obituary (1951 – 2021) – Washington, DC


DAVIS Nancy Lorene Wallace Davis (70) Ms. Davis passed away on Monday, December 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. She was born on May 16, 1951 in Washington, DC to Charles Earl and Elma Jane Isobel Hayes Wallace and raised in Arlington, VA. An honorary graduate of Washington Liberty High School in Arlington, she served as the first annual presidential class representative in 1969. She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in Psychology and Biology in 1973. She received an M.Ed. graduated in sociology from Converse College in 1977. A resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina from 1973-2021, Ms. Davis taught science at Evans and McCracken High Schools, taught biology at James F. Byrnes High School, and was substitute teacher and instructor for homebound students. She worked in the circulation and serials departments of the Spartanburg County Public Library for nine years from 1989 and briefly wrote a regular column for the Rockbridge (VA) Weekly newspaper. Ms. Davis was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington for 22 years, where she sang in the choir and was president of the junior and senior youth groups. She joined the First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg in 1974, where she served on the weekday school committee for seven years. She was also a member of the Junior League of Spartanburg and a founding member of the Vera Davis Parsons Garden Club. She helped establish the Converse Heights Neighborhood Association in 1979 and served on the board of directors from 1984 to 1988. Her other volunteer activities included staffing the Mary Black Hospital gift shop, developing the first one. “Mini-grants for teachers” project, as a member of the PTO for 15 years and helping her children’s swim team meets every summer. She was a member of the South Carolina Education Association, the Spartanburg County Science Teachers Association, the Friends of the Library, and the Magnolia Debutante Club. She moved to Hyattsville, MD in July 2021 and, despite the issues with vision and mobility, remained curious about the world and found reasons to laugh. Always a fan of tidy endings, she left this world of the same DC hospital system she entered it 70 years ago. Ms. Davis was an avid reader of news and non-fiction. Gardens, butterflies, birds, and pets – especially cats – were a joy to her. She cherished her children, instilling in them a love of science, reading, puns, laughter and nature. As an amateur medical researcher, she has helped many friends overcome health challenges and advocated for vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine which she took at the first opportunity. Unfortunately, she contracted a highly contagious variant of COVID, which ultimately led to her death. Her only marriage ended in divorce in 2001. Her mother and father, and brother, William Hayes Wallace Sr., and sister-in-law, Marian Wallace, of St. Charles, MO, predeceased her in the death. She is survived by her daughter, Tinsley Hayes Davis Cohen (Mark Cohen) of Berkeley, CA; his son Paul “Trey” Dupree Davis III (Paul Lee) of Washington, DC; and a nephew and four nieces. A service will be held in the spring and interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greene County, TN. In lieu of flowers, commemorations can be made at Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Spartanburg Mobile Meals, or the Spartanburg Humane Society. A service will be held in the spring and interment will be held at the Pleasant Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greene County, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, or the Spartanburg Humane Society.

Posted by The Washington Post on December 29, 2021.


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