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Virginia Woods Davis

1928-2013 Virginia Woods Davis, long time resident of Williamstown, passed away peacefully at her residence at Alexander Gardens Senior Living, Santa Barbara, California with her son and daughter-in-law at her side on October 17, 2013. Virginia (Dimi to family and friends) was born July 5, 1928 and raised in North Adams, the daughter of the late Allan and Kathryn Davis. She graduated from Drury High School, Skidmore College and received a Masters degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her first career position after graduating college was as a fashion sketch artist for the New York Times in New York City, and after three years she returned to the Berkshires as art teacher for the Williamstown public school system. After several years she moved on to a position in the art department at North Adams State College where she taught and later became head of the art department, retiring 34 years of service. She furthered her love for the arts during retirement by spending more time in her studio painting and doing numerous private and public gallery showings and sales of her work, and was also well known for her expertise in the field as a volunteer docent at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for many years. Virginia loved to travel, whether it be with family, friends, or solo, and did so to many faraway places around the world, including most continents and many islands, further educating herself as she went. Dimi is survived by her brother, Nicholas Davis and wife Nancy of Glastonbury, Conn.; sister, Kathryn Davis of Kerrville, Texas; son, Toby Morris and wife Stacey of Santa Barbara, Calif.; daughter, Kinzer J. Sylvester and husband Jonathan of Lovell, Maine; granddaughter, Jamie (Sylvester) Keane of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; granddaughter Molly (Sylvester) Hill of North Fryeburg, Maine; and three great-grandsons, Colin C. Keane, Henry J. Hill and Hagen O. Hill. We were all very fortunate to have Dimi in our lives and she will be missed by all that knew her. There will be a graveside memorial service in the spring.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 12, 2013
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