Childress County woman continues family tradition, scholarships

These great-grandkids of the late Fay and Homer Davis gather for a photo at the celebration, where they raised money for more scholarships like they’ve received.

These great-grandkids of the late Fay and Homer Davis gather for a photo at the celebration, where they raised money for more scholarships like they’ve received.

CHILDRESS – For the 32nd year, Betty Simpson’s extended family gathered to celebrate her late mother’s birthday and raise money for scholarships in her honor.

“I think she would be pretty proud of the kids she had,” Simpson said. “We have given over 100 scholarships.”

What makes these scholarships even more special is they are given to direct descendants of Simpson’s mother Fay Davis, who died in 1988. The following year, Simpson’s nephew Eddie Davis from Wellington suggested starting the scholarship in memory of Davis and her husband Homer, who died in 1968.

To help raise money for the scholarships, the family started an auction in 1990, Simpson said. “We all agreed to bring auction items to the party,” Simpson explained. “We all go to bidding against each other.”

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The great-great-grandchildren of the late Fay and Homer Davis hold the bunnies they bought to help raise money for the scholarships their family gives.

The great-great-grandchildren of the late Fay and Homer Davis hold the bunnies they bought to help raise money for the scholarships their family gives.

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