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Helen Davis


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Helen Davis Obituary
Davis, Helen



Helen Wilson Davis, age 93, formerly of Louisville, KY, died peacefully at her home in Albuquerque, NM on April 7, 2016, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born February 13, 1923 in Irvington, KY, Helen was the second youngest of eight children, and a graduate of the old Louisville Girls High School. In August 1941 at age 18, she married C.B. Davis, her spouse of 64 years. They welcomed a son, Robert Lee, in 1944. During World War II, she worked as a key punch operator (starting at $12 a week) for Louisville's Silver Fleet Trucking Co., and also in payroll at a Goodyear plant in Indiana. Later, when she and C.B., a civil service employee, moved to Columbus, OH, Helen worked for the Veterans Administration. The Davises relocated to New Mexico in 1972, where Helen supervised civilian payroll at Kirtland Air Force Base. A breast cancer survivor, she volunteered for the American Cancer Society for 28 years, and in 2011, received the St. George national Award for outstanding service, the most distinguished honor that the society bestows upon its volunteers. Helen, a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, was very involved in her church, first with Hazelwood Baptist in Louisville, and then Monterey Baptist of Albuquerque, where she had been a member for more than 20 years. A happy and optimistic person all her life, she possessed a lively spirit. As a child, she enjoyed pranking her siblings and sewing doll clothes. As an adult, she loved Boston terriers and delighted visitors with big country dinners. Her one regret was never learning the piano. Helen described herself as stubborn and independent, and took pride in living alone until the last of her days. Hers was an exemplary and wonderful life, and she lived without fear. "When God calls me," she was fond of saying, "I'll get on that golden chariot and ride away."

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Ivan and Sallie Brown Wilson of Louisville; her husband, Clyde; five brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her son, Robert Davis, Nancy Jones of Albuquerque, and many nieces and nephews throughout the country.

Memorial Services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m., at FRENCH - Wyoming. Please visit our online guestbook for Helen at

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from Apr. 14 to Apr. 17, 2016
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