Charlotte Marie Davis of Fairbanks, Alaska, died June 27, 2021 at the age of 69.
She was born on Nov. 26, 1951, at the Mayo Hospital in Northfield, Vermont (Dr. Pedley). The first child and daughter of eight children born to, and predeceased by, her father Leonard William Davis of Northfield, Vermont, (died Sept. 4, 1988, and buried in Bethel, Vermont) and her mother Marie Ann Davis (Berno) of Northfield, Vermont (now residing in North Port, Florida).
She is survived by her mother, Marie Ann Davis; sisters, Patricia Ann Atwood, Cynthia Sue Davis, Diane Alvina Davis; and brothers, Steven Gordon Davis, Gary Leonard Davis, Gregory Forrest Davis and Leonard William Davis Jr., residing in and around the USA and mostly in Vermont. She has many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins in the "Lower 48."
Charlotte lived in various places growing up, including Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. After graduating high school in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1969, she attended the University of Vermont with the express desire to become a doctor. She then bravely joined the United States Army in 1973 to continue her education. She served as a medical corpsman on Army bases in Alabama, Texas, Virginia and then finally Alaska. She received various awards including the U.S. Army National Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and a commendation medal before her honorable discharge from the Army in 1980.
When she was assigned to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1977, Charlotte embarked on a journey to continue her military and medical education, as an Alaska Pioneer. Some extremely big goals for a young girl in the 70s. She acquired a 1969 Oldsmobile Delta and rebuilt it with brothers help to travel from Pennsylvania to Alaska. She drove across the U.S. and then up the Alaska Highway through British Columbia and Yukon, which was formed mostly of crushed gravel for 1,500 miles through Canada, to start her life goals. Her car's name is "Gertrude" and is still resting on her Alaskan home in Fairbanks, which has become known as "The Hogdog Homestead" for just over 40 years.
Charlotte and her lifelong partner, Ralph Bostick Jr., built their lives and home by hand, from the ground up, on a few wilderness acres in the Chena Hot Springs area of Fairbanks. They finally tied the knot on Jan. 22, 2012, before his passing on Jan. 11, 2016.
She attended the University of Alaska in Anchorage, graduating in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in nursing. Charlotte was on the Dean's List, received the award for Outstanding Graduating Senior and was publicized in the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
She went on to the University of Phoenix to acquire her master's degree in nursing in 2004. In 2008, she went on to Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, for post-graduate education as a gerontological nurse practitioner.
She enveloped herself in the science and medicine field at an early age and carried it forward until her passing. Charlotte was smart and educated and always encouraged others to continue their education and read books. She taught and instructed others in her field as an adjunct professor, lecturer and a course development instructor, designing a course structure for certifying nurse assistants. She was also an instructor for the American Heart Association, Interior Regional Emergency Medical Services in Fairbanks for several years.
You are never too old to go back to school and keep learning, she would say. She was a thoughtful, caring, practical and compassionate woman, who served many elderly, family, and friends on the last days of their lives, with a warm and generous heart. Charlotte practiced medicine in and around various health care facilities in Fairbanks from 1984 until her passing. Her most recent place of employment was Fairbanks Family Wellness as a nurse practitioner.
While residing in Alaska, Charlotte became involved in land conservation and trail management as a member of the Fairbanks Trails Advisory Committee. She started to build a dog sledding team and even ran in a few dog sledding races locally. She traveled around the USA with her Tibetan mastiffs and entered them in dog shows, in which some were awarded blue ribbons. She became a member of the American Tibetan Mastiff Association. She traveled to the outer villages to administer vaccines and medical attention to the Alaskan Indigenous. Giving medical care in these remote locations around Alaska, she received the National Director's Award for Alaska Community Health in 2005 from the Indian Health Service. These trips were taken by boat or air, so naturally Charlotte had decided to learn to fly an airplane. She took lessons to acquire her pilots license in late 1990s.
She was a lifetime member of the Hospice of Tanana Valley in Fairbanks. Also was a member of the National Conference of Gerontological Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, Omicron Chapter.
She was incredibly determined to track down her family roots, which brought her the joy of travel and cemetery searches with family and friends. An exorbitant number of hours and resources were spent tracking her family down, back to at least, 1692. Her work will be preserved and continued by family, picking up where she left off.
Charlotte loved life and it was enormous and full. She was referred to as an interesting person, who inspired us all to trek the lands, find your passion and pursue your dreams. She was a free spirit, with a huge personality and heart, whom everyone loved. She made her dreams come true and was a true Alaskan Pioneer, and hugely successful in her medical career. She will be very sorrily missed by many across the globe.
Rest in peace Charlotte, we love you dearly. XOXOXO
Charlotte was an organ donor, and she has given two people the ultimate gift of eyesight. Her eyes will be transplanted to help the blind see again. We all know she would not have wanted it any other way.
There will be memorial services held in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Northfield, Vermont in the fall, to be announced at later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in remembrance of Charlotte to Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter, 2408 Davis Road, Fairbanks, AK, 99701.
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Jul. 7, 2021.