Ruth A. Davis, 87, died peacefully in her home at St. John Senior Community on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Mrs. Davis is formerly from Berkley and Sunsites, Ariz. She was the daughter of Albert and Nora Saye and graduated from Berkley High School in 1938. Mrs. Davis retired from the Berkley Public Schools where she was the school's attendance secretary and personal secretary to the assistant principal. She cherished working with the many wonderful students and staff. She learned the value of a college education after working in the guidance office for all those years and encouraged many students to continue on to a higher education, if at all possible. Mrs. Davis and her husband, Jack, retired to Sunsites, Ariz., and lived there for 23 years until Mr. Davis' death in 1992. Mrs. Davis then moved to Grosse Pointe Farms to be closer to her family. She was a member of the Royal Oak Elks Club, The Secretaries Association of Michigan and The Gem and Mineral Club of Sunsites. Mrs. Davis was well known in her later years as the butterfly lady. She collected all different types of butterflies not only in her artwork, but in butterfly memorabilia. She also collected hand-painted china. She enjoyed tournament bridge and entertaining friends and family. Mrs. Davis also enjoyed hunting for gems and minerals while living in Arizona. She donated a large collection of gems and minerals to the science department at The Grosse Pointe Academy. She is survived by her children, Diane (Victor) Kondratowicz, Cheryl (Jerry) Willis, Victoria (Robert) Liggett, and John D. (Martha) Davis; grandchildren, Danielle Weller, Heather Power, and Emily, Marjorie and Roberta "Birdy" Liggett; and great-grandchildren, Amber Weller and Landon Power. She also is survived by her only sister, Millie (Lynn) Gardner; and nephews Grant (Lisa) Gardner and Kurt (Laura) Gardner. She was predeceased by Jack, her husband of 53 wonderful years. A memorial service will be held at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, in June. Donations may be made to The Liggett Breast Center in the VanElslander Cancer Center, 19229 Mack Ave., Suite 31., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Published in The Daily Tribune on April 22, 2008.
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