Pauline B. (Bott) Davis (1928 - 2015)

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Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home Inc
40 Church St
Shelburne Falls, MA

BUCKLAND - Pauline B. (Bott) Davis, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Born April 1, 1928, in East St. Louis, Illinois, she was the daughter of Anthony E. and Evelyn C. Bott. She was raised in Belleville, Illinois, and moved to Amherst in 1969. While studying at the University of Massachusetts, she founded the Amherst Resource Center as part of her dissertation.

Pauline moved to Ashfield in 1981, living in a homemade tent on the family land. A very creative artist for over 30 years, she loved to paint and also create greeting cards for all occasions. Pauline penned her creations as "Cerese from the forest" for her paintings and "Cerese the Valentine maker" for her cards. She had a small store front in Shelburne Falls where she displayed her art work. She made many friends in her community and together they shared their personal creativity. To view her paintings, a website is being developed for all to view, please visit

Survivors include her son E. Myles Davis of Wendell; five grandchildren, Jessie and Christopher of Wendell, Sasha and Esther of Nantucket, and Rachel of Winchendon; a great-niece Niylah; two sisters; and one brother.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home of Shelburne Falls is assisting the family.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 21, 2015
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