Janet Gay Davis, age 78 of Childress, died on July 7, 2020 due to complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s.
She was small in stature but giant in spirit: an orchestral explosion of personality, wit, and intellect. A combination which never allowed her to go without seeking a challenge, without pursuing a path for her soul to grow.
A mother of three surviving children – Tammy and husband James Denton, Jennifer and husband Chip Parker and Christopher Carter – grandmother of 10, and great grandmother of 18, she could have picked any classic grandmother name to go by. She could have been Gram or Grandma, but no, those weren’t brave or fun enough to describe her. She was, and always will be, Ginny to those 28 grandchildren who survive her.
Janet “Ginny” Davis had a transportative nature to her presence. She created her own world of joy for anyone she loved to live in. When you were with Janet, you weren’t in our reality, you were in hers.
Perhaps her singular ability to create the feeling of being in a world separate from the gnashing and clawing of our reality’s rat race is the most intimate way to understand the complex and ever-expanding woman she was.
Born in Childress on July 22, 1941 to R.C. and Roxie Nichols, she pursued a career in accounting, and worked for West Texas Utilities in that capacity for 27 years.
She loved playing games. She read constantly. She never stopped learning. She excelled at arts and crafts from needlework to quilting to painting.
Janet is also survived by her sister Zoe Ann Foard and her brother Robert “Butch” Nichols.
Memorial services were held by her family at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah on July 11, 2020. She rests next to her mother, just how she wanted it.