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Holly Hope Raymond Davis

1945 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Holly Hope Raymond Davis Obituary
December 3, 1945 - December 2, 2016 Holly was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She was the middle of three daughters born to Barbara and Morton Raymond. Holly graduated from Pasadena High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with an emphasis in Dance from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Holly was president of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Her husband David also attended USC and was president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. They met when her sorority and his fraternity performed together in a satirical musical review to raise money for local children. Holly and David celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2016. After graduating from USC in 1967, Holly taught P.E. at Marymount High School in Palos Verdes Estates and at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, then taught dance at Pasadena Civic Ballet. Despite having two small children, Holly pursued a Master's degree in Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. Throughout her life, she had a love for dance and developed a significant reputation in her ability to teach creative movement to young children. Holly was always able to spot a good "turn out." Holly was a proud citizen of Pasadena, where she and David immersed themselves in community events, organizations, and charities. Holly was a member of the San Marino League for nearly 35 years, serving as president from 1990-1992. One of Holly's great passions was her involvement in Hillsides, an organization dedicated to improving the overall well-being of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. She served three six-year terms on the Hillsides Board, and every year at Christmas, Holly and David adopted a Hillsides family, providing them all they needed for a happy holiday celebration, including gifts from their holiday wish list. Holly enjoyed the arts, traveling the world with her husband, collecting dance memorabilia, gardening, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Holly was a warm, kind spirit who had a profound affect on everyone she met. She was well known for her grace and compassion as a welcoming host, to people and pets alike. Holly passed away Friday, December 2nd after complications from her courageous battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). She is survived by her husband David Davis, their two children, Jason Davis and Jessica Himebauch and their spouses, four grandsons, her beloved dog Scout, and her two sisters, Jodie Cavanagh and Robin McDonald. A private family memorial service was held on December 22nd and a celebration of Holly's life will take place on January 19th at 1:00 PM at a private club in Pasadena. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made to Hillsides (hillsides.org) or the Holly & David Davis Endowment for the Arts at the Pasadena Community Foundation (pasadenacf.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 24 to Dec. 28, 2016
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