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Barbara Ann Davis

1952 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Barbara Ann Davis Obituary
Barbara Ann Davis

Asheville - Barbara Ann Davis, compassionate and loving friend, mother, and wife, passed away peacefully at her mountain home surrounded by her loved ones and a fresh blanket of brilliant white snow on Saturday evening, December 9, 2017. Barbara was born December 15, 1952 in Miami. She attended undergraduate and Law school at the University of Florida. She began her professional life working as a public defender in North Florida. She moved to western North Carolina in 1979 and evolved into her rich life here. She was passionate about and active in music and dance. She played guitar and sang in a number of Contra Dance, Old Time, and Swing bands, performing throughout the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest. Barbara danced in Traditional British Northwest Morris and Cape Breton Step dancing teams, performing at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre, as well as venues in New England and Eastern Canada. Her working life embodied her compassion and values as an advocate and supporter to others. She worked as a legal services attorney, working with low income people. She helped to start the region's first Domestic Violence Program. In 1984 she founded The Mediation Center, a non-profit community program where she served as Executive Director, which is still in operation. The Mediation Center has taught mediation skills to thousands, including police officers, teachers, young children, lawyers, juvenile offenders, college students, and professors. She moved on from The Mediation Center in 2000, establishing a private practice in Collaborative Law and Mediation, helping clients to resolve disputes peaceably and legally, without going to court. At age 50, with a small and intrepid group of 5 women, she completed a self-supported coast to coast bicycle ride from St. Augustine, FL, to San Diego, CA, for the adventure and to support local women's cancer programs. The pedaling minstrels sang for their supper along the way as circumstances permitted. Barbara loved hiking and biking in the mountains. She loved eating pizza. She loved waterfalls and skinny dipping in high mountain lakes. She is deeply missed by many. She inspired trust and confidence through her words and her actions. She leaves all the world that she touched a better place than she entered it. Barbara will forever love and be loved by her husband, Art Shuster, her daughter Laurel Willoughby and partner Zoe Siegler, her sister Mary Ellen McIntyre and husband Mike, and her many many wonderful and amazing friends and family.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2017
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