Grace Elaine (Davis) Ennis(1944 - 2017)

Grace Elaine Davis Ennis, of Smyrna, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 73.

She was born in Wilmington, DE on January 12, 1944, the daughter of the late Porter L. Davis Sr. and Gertrude V. Pippin Davis.
She graduated from Bohemia Manor High School in 1962. There, she played Basketball and Track and Field. She graduated from Goldey-Beacom College.

She won a certificate of recognition from the Kent Country Women's Alliance in 2002-2003 and she served as the 28th District Democrat Chairperson for many years.

Grace worked in various positions through the years, including the health department in Cecil County, Maryland; an insurance agency in Wilmington; the Legislative Council for the Delaware General Assembly; and as a homemaker. She also worked lovingly and very tirelessly supporting her husband in his political career. She was a life member of the Citizens' Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary since 1995 and was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, Smyrna.

In her day, she was an avid Bingo player. She also enjoyed Country Line Dancing. Grace also volunteered in her community and was genuinely eager to help people. In her spare-time she loved doing cross-word puzzles, watching HGTV, and cheered on the Baltimore Orioles.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Senator Bruce C. Ennis, of Smyrna; two daughters, Cindy Ennis, of Dover, and Sandra Ennis-Alexander and her husband Kenith, of Clayton; her grandchildren, Shelby Anne Alexander and Heather Grace Ennis; siblings, Porter L. Davis Jr. (Edith), and Laura Lynne Davis Williams; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends; and her dog Hillary.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother-in-law, H. Thomas Williams II.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 6 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Asbury United Methodist Church, 20 W. Mt. Vernon St., Smyrna, DE 19977; or the Citizens' Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 234, Smyrna, DE 19977.

The family wished to extend a special thank you to the David C. Harrison Ambulance Service Station 64.

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Arrangements are by Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Smyrna.

Funeral Home

Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home and Cremation Services
123 West Commerce Street Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 653-2900

Published in the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times from Oct. 3 to Oct. 19, 2017