Monday, April 26, 2004

Devotee of faith, education, Lola Mae Davis dies at age 89


Former Dry Ridge resident taught in Mount Healthy

By: Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WILLIAMSTOWN - Lola Mae Davis' faith ran deep. So did her appreciation and advocacy for education.

"She believed - period. Religion and education were both important to her. She was committed to helping people learn and about knowing God," said her friend, Martha Miller of Moores Hill, Ind. Ms. Miller met Ms. Davis in business school and later worked with her at Gibson Art Co.

Lola Mae Davis died April 12 at Grant Manor Health Care Center in Williamstown after a long illness. The former Dry Ridge resident was 89.

Raised in Dry Ridge, Ms. Davis graduated from Williamstown High School and continued her education at a business school in Covington.

After working at Gibson Art Co. and then at a bank, she decided to further her learning by studying education at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

She earned a master's in education and taught in Grant County Schools for a few years before accepting a position with Mount Healthy Schools, where she remained for more than 25 years.

"She was always volunteering and helping others. She taught special needs people and people in nursing homes," said Ms. Miller.

Ms. Davis taught Sunday school at Mount Healthy, Dry Ridge and Williamstown Baptist churches and was a member of Literacy for America.

Her sister, Hazel Davis Acree, died in 1973.

Services were held. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Memorial: Williamstown Baptist Church, 214 North Main St., Williamstown, 41097.

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