Rita Davis

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CRAFTSBURY - Rita Davis, 67, died Sept. 20, 2013, in Saint Albans.

She was born Aug. 24, 1946, in Hardwick, the daughter of Emile and Jeanne d'Arc (Bellavance) Dufresne. She was raised in Glover, and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1964.

In her earlier years she worked for National Life.

On April 1, 1967, she married Ross Davis after he returned from Vietnam. The couple lived in Craftsbury since 1968.

She was elected town treasurer in 1977, and was also elected the Craftsbury town clerk in 1983. She held those positions until 1987, when she went to work for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, retiring as their business manager in 2011. She held several positions, including alumni association treasurer, Craftsbury trustee of public funds, Craftsbury Academy trustee and treasurer, Craftsbury selectman, and secretary and treasurer of the Salvation Army. In 2004, she received the Craftsbury Academy Alumni Award.

She was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and honorary member of the Craftsbury Academy National Honor Society.

She enjoyed knitting, her flower gardens, and watching and feeding hummingbirds.

Survivors include her husband, Ross Davis of Craftsbury; two children, Lynn Paradis of Franklin, and LTC Stephen Davis, currently stationed in Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine Tolman, Doris Voyer, Jeannine Young, and Diane Leslie; brothers, Leonel, Lucien, and Roger; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, and by a sister, Pauline Smith.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Norbert's Catholic Church, South Main Street, Hardwick, with the Rev. Francis Prive celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery, Craftsbury.

Friends may call Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home, Craftsbury Common.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rita Davis Scholarship Fund, Craftsbury Schools, PO Box 73, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827.
Published in Times Argus on Sept. 22, 2013
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