Sarah Jane (Sally) Fletcher Davis, 81, passed away in her sleep, while on vacation in Key West on Feb. 10. 2013.
She was born in Moundsville, W.Va., on June 10, 1931, daughter of the late Richard Wilson Fletcher and Frances Kingsley Fletcher. She was married to Dr. James L. Davis DVM on April 13,1952. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Marietta College and walked in the long blue line at the most recent commencement. She was a member of Chi Omega, Sigma Delta Phi and Alpha Psi Omega. She considered raising her children her greatest accomplishment. In addition, she actively helped her husband with the business operations of Dudley Avenue Small Animal Clinic. She served in many volunteer capacities including president of the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary. Continuing her work on a national level, she held many positions culminating in her being named the national president of the American Veterinary Association Auxiliary. She was named Mid-Ohio Valley Woman of the Year in 1978. She was elected twice as president of the Junior League of Parkersburg 1966-67 and again 1971-72. She served as president of the American Association of University Women and the Parkersburg Community Service Council. As secretary to the board of Trustees, she was one of the first women to serve on the board of the Camden-Clark hospital and one of the first on the board of the YMCA. Keenly interested in the arts, she was a member of the board of Artsbridge. She served as national parliamentarian of the National Society of Arts and Letters and continued to work actively locally until the present. She held an appointment by the governor of West Virginia to the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames. She was an active member of Chapter L of PEO, having for several years conducted the auction fundraiser. She was a member of the River Hills Garden Club. She is listed in the Outstanding Young Women of America, 1965 edition. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She hated playing bridge, but did it anyway to be with her friends. She loved leading her friends in song, knew the words to hundreds of songs and would recite poetry and long passages of Shakespeare. She created beauty around her. She not only made a fashion statement in her dress but in the way she lived. She frequently modeled in local style shows. She took great pride in her hand-watered garden near the Parkersburg County Club. She had recently taken up Pilates and yoga. She hated computers but relented in order to learn to use an iPhone. Along with her family, she created winning floats in 45 consecutive years of Willowbrook Fourth of July Parades. She was a terrific cook. She loved her dogs. She wore high heels to her dying day. She loved parties and made one wherever she was. She had many 'dear, dear friends.'
Her husband, Dr. James Lee Davis DVM, preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother, John Parriot Fletcher of Jacksonville, N.C., as well as her first cousin, Wallace Kingsley Bishop (Carol) of Martinsburg, W.Va.; three children survive her, Sandra Davis Rau of Winnetka, Ill., Jeffrey Fletcher Davis (Linda) of New Knoxville, Ohio, and Ted Kingsley Davis (Karen) of Morgan Territory, Calif. She is survived by six grandchildren, Michael James Rau and Rebecca Lee Rau of New York City, N.Y., Caroline Kingsley Rau of Chicago, Ill., Jessica Lee Davis of Shizuoka, Japan, James Wesley Davis (Bethany)of Cleveland, Ohio, and Allyson Kingsley Davis of San Francisco, Calif. She is survived by her wonderful dog, Sugar.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Sue Jones officiating. Visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral home. Private interment will be held at the families convenience.