CHENEY-DAVIS Norma L., of Quincy and Wellfleet, died at John Adams Health Care Center in Quincy after a brief illness on Thursday, May 5 2016. Norma was born in Quincy and lived her entire life in the house where she was born. She graduated from North Quincy High School in 1946 and The Chandler Secretarial School of Boston. Norma was secretary to the vice president of Pneumatic Scale Corporation of Quincy, where she met her late husband Ralph W. Davis Jr., to whom she had been married to for 55 years prior his death in June of 2005. After the birth of her first child she retired and became a full time homemaker and mother. Norma also raised her children in her parents Wellfleet home, which is still owned by her family. Her passion throughout the years was talking on the telephone with her many friends and clothes shopping in local consignment stores including her favorite store, owned by her close friend Jane Carosi of the former Quincy Fashion Exchange, now Second Debut in Canton. Norma was a 45 year member of Christ Church Episcopal of Quincy, where she was past president of the Women’s Guild. She was also a frequent communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Wellfleet. Being an animal lover, Norma adopted several dogs and cats over the years from the Quincy Animal Shelter, to which she was a frequent contributor. Norma also loved to dine with her family and friends at their homes, but would be the first to admit that her kitchen was closed. Norma was extremely devoted to her children who in turn ensured that she was well cared for following her husband’s death. Friends and family fondly remember Norma for her bright smile, warm welcome, and witty and sometimes caustic sense of humor. She was the daughter of the late George Edward Cheney and Lyda Mae (Dobson) Cheney. She was the devoted wife of the late Ralph W. Davis Jr. She is the adored mother of Mark Cheney Davis, married to Patricia A. Wheeler of Hanson, Glenn A. Davis of Braintree and South Wellfleet and Joseph A. Catalano of Randolph, Norma L. Holmes and Robert W. Holmes of Wellfleet, Richard E. Davis and Shelly M. Davis of Quincy, Cheryl M. Little and William T. Little of Milton, and Mark B. Cherry of West Bridgewater. She is the loving grandmother of Gregory E. Davis and Caitlin Davis of Stoughton, Scott C. Davis of Hanson, Amelia L. Davis and Jayne M. Davis, both of Quincy, William T. Little Jr. and Shawna of Quincy, Kelli St. Ives and Christopher of Milton, and Matthew C. Little of Milton, serving in USMC. Norma is also survived by a great grandchild and was looking forward to welcoming two more great grandchildren this year. The Davis family would also like to extend their appreciation and heartfelt thanks to Georgianna M. Lippman and Denise McDonald for the wonderful care and love that was shown to Norma during her five month period of dependence. Visiting hours will be held at the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington Street, Braintree on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 3:00 to 8:00pm. There will be a gathering at the funeral home on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00am to be followed by a funeral Mass at Christ Church Episcopal, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery in Quincy. Memorial donations in Norma’s memory may be sent to The John Adams Health Care Center, 211 Franklin Street Quincy, MA 02169, or Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100 Woburn, MA 01801, or The Quincy Animal Shelter, 34 Broad Street Quincy, MA 02169, or Christ Church. Glenn A. Davis Funeral Director.
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Published in Boston Herald on May 10, 2016