Carolyn Davis

Carolyn Raizes
Davis, beloved and respected wife, mother, grandmother, sister and loyal friend passed away on October 24, 2013 from hereditary breast cancer at 65 years of age. She was born in Mason City, Iowa on August 27, 1948 as the first of Harold and Sonia Raizes' three daughters. At the age of four, the Raizes family moved to Houston, Texas. Carolyn attended Beth Yeshurun Day School, Bellaire High School, and then went on to study Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. She received a Masters degree in Occupational therapy at Boston University. There she met Scott Davis, also in graduate school in Boston at the time, through a blind date engineered by their mothers. The date lasted 40 years. Carolyn went on to use her Masters degree to become the Director of Occupational Therapy at Methodist Hospital. While raising her family of three, she began to pursue diverse interests outside of the home. Carolyn devoted her time to caring for her parents on a daily basis, serving as president of the Annie Leff group of Hadassah, practicing yoga, gaming and birding during her many travels. In 1999, Scott donated a 63-acre bird refuge, in her honor, to the Houston Audubon Society. Her Hebrew middle name Bracha reflects her passion to perform mitzvoth for others rather than for herself. All who loved her will remember Carolyn's legacy of strong values, nature conservation, generosity, love, and loyalty. Carolyn is survived by her husband Scott Davis; her children Eva Davis, Arielle Davis, Sammy and Annette Davis; her granddaughter Yael; her siblings Sherry and Ron Kabran, Francine Raizes and Daniel Karchem; her mother Sonia Raizes; plus a host of other loving nieces and nephews, family and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Raizes.
On Sunday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. a graveside service will be held at Adath Emmets Cemetery, 1540 Sylvester Road, Houston, Texas 77009. Contributions in memory of Carolyn Raizes Davis are directed to Camp Young Judaea, Hadassah, Houston Audubon Society, United Orthodox Synagogue, or a .

Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 26, 2013