Elizabeth "Betty" Thomas Davis, 89, a lifelong resident of Old Forge, died Monday at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayland H. Davis, on March 19, 1973.
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Born on Oct. 14, 1923, daughter of the late David J. and Edith Watkins Thomas, Betty graduated from Old Forge High School, class of 1941, before studying engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Before retirement, she worked for United Way and as a teacher's aide for Head Start of Lackawanna County. She was a lifelong member and a pillar of the Nebo Church in Old Forge.
She enjoyed playing cards, watching her nightly "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" and traveling around the world. A loving mother, sister and grandmother, affectionately known as "Grandma Betty," she was a woman of outstanding character and personality who was truly one-of-a-kind. Taken into the hands of the Lord on Monday morning, she will forever be missed.
Her family would like to thank her grandson, Dr. Armando Sallavanti, and Dr. David Lohin for the exceptional care given to Betty throughout the years.
She is survived by five children, Leah Dean, Willingboro, N.J., and Moosic Lakes; Beth Ann Hallett and husband, Harvey, Scranton; Lynn Werts and husband, Frank, Swoyersville; Lori Smith and husband, Rawling, Moosic; and Wayland Davis and wife, Theresa Marie, Old Forge; a sister, Emily Festino, Old Forge; a sister-in-law, Kathryn Thomas, Old Forge; nine grandchildren, Dr. Armando Sallavanti, her "Italian Prince," and wife, Gina; Alison Parker and husband, Eric; April Hannon and husband, Eugene; Amanda McCullon and husband, Joseph; Amy Dean, Christopher Stegman, Amber Hallett, Ashley Davis and Wayland A. Davis, her "Prince of Wales"; 11 great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Mia, Marina, Tres', Armando, Eric, Aidan, Cole, Ariana, Camden and Jewlya; her former companion's daughter and dear friend, Olivia Smith and husband, Donald; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her dear companion, Anthony Marchese, and her brothers, John and Lewis Thomas, also preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in Nebo Church, 208 N. Main St., Old Forge, by the Rev. Wendy D'Agostino, pastor. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Harding.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nebo Church, 208 N. Main St., Old Forge, PA 18518; Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123; or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605.
Visit www.KearneyFuner alHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 2, 2013