ETHEL MARY DAVIS
Ethel Mary Davis, 76, of South Woodstock, passed away on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 at Market Square Health Care Center, South Paris.
She was born at South Woodstock on Nov. 8, 1933, the daughter of Gayden G. and Bernice Radcliffe Davis. She was a resident of this community all of her life. Miss Davis attended Woodstock schools and graduated in the Class of 1952 with honors from Woodstock High School. She was employed as a secretary and accountant/bookkeeper for a former Judge of Probate and an Attorney at Law. She served in this same capacity for 28 years at P. H. Chadbourne & Company of Bethel. She helped her father in his retail meat business and handled the bookkeeping for several years while doing her regular job. In 1974 she became a certified real estate broker and worked for the former Hall & Hall Realty of South Paris.
In 1983 Miss Davis was elected to the position of selectman and was the first woman to fill this position in the town of Woodstock. She served the town in this capacity for four years. During this time she handled the accounting and bookkeeping records. She served on School District 44 Booster’s Club for several years and voluntarily served six years on the Board of Directors of Community Concepts of South Paris and also served as treasurer for part of this period. She was a member of S.T.A.R. Group (School Taxation Association Review group) representing the municipalities of Andover, Bethel, Greenwood and Woodstock. She was a member of the comprehensive plan for the town of Woodstock. In July of 1987 she was hired by School Administrative District 43, Byron, Mexico, Roxbury and Rumford, as their accountant bookkeeper until September of 1995, retiring due to medical problems.
Fishing and hunting gave her much enjoyment. She took great interest in all family activities and was an avid girl scout in her younger years. She was a very giving and caring individual and seemed to have a positive outlook on life in general. She dearly loved her family and cherished her dear friends. Survivors include her sister, Edith M. Deegan of South Paris; her brother, Gayden George Thomas Davis of Bradenton, Fla..; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, a great-great nephew and a great-great niece. She was predeceased by her parents; and a dear sister, Leona Farnum. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com
At her request there will be no visiting hours or funeral. Family and close friends are invited to attend graveside services on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at the South Woodstock Cemetery, Andrews Road, Bryant Pond. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, ME 04086.