Transition ~ Virginia Davis, May 13, 1921 -- July 28, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Virginia Davis, 87, of Fayetteville, died July 28 in her home after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born May 13, 1921 in Boston, Mass. to Ragnar and Grayce (Wilder) Dalstrom. Later, her family moved to Wilmette, Ill. where she graduated from New Trier High School. In 1942 she married her high school sweetheart, Rowland M. Davis. They raised a family of five children in Glen Ellyn, Ill. where Virginia was active in many community activities.

She also continued her education, receiving both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in mathematics. After a brief teaching career, Virginia and Rowland retired to Eureka Springs where she was active in Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Dinner Club and the Historic Preservation Society.

After Rowland's death in 1996, Virginia moved to Fayetteville where she became an active member of the Rolling Hills Baptist Church as well as AAUW, Newcomers Club and CEO. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and play Scrabble and bridge.

Survivors include her five children, Deanna Erlandson of Madison, Wisc., Rowland Davis of Chicago, Ill., John Davis of Cedarburg, Wisc., Charles Davis of Fayetteville; and Pam Spicer of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her sister Gladys Minier of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Aug. 4 at Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rolling Hills Baptist Church, 1400 Rolling Hills Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72703; Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Rowland and Virginia Davis Scholarship Fund, c/o Treasurer, 1203 Whispering Pines Court, St. Louis, MO 63146; Richardson Center, 3917 South Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR 72764 or Washington Regional Hospice, 34 Colt Square, Fayetteville, AR 72703.

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Arrangements were made by Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville.