January 28, 1942 - June 30, 2021
Barbara Jean Davis, an educator, collaborator, advocate for the needy, and above all a wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born January 28, 1942, in Manistee, MI, the daughter of Hugo and Martha (Kivimaa) Troppi. As a Junior in High School, Barbara asked James Davis to attend a Sadie Hawkins Dance. They would later marry on March 21, 1964. Barbara obtained her Undergraduate and Master's Degree from Michigan State University, followed by a Doctorate Degree from The University of Chicago. In the 1960's Barbara worked as an English Teacher at Charlotte High School. She then accepted a job at the Eaton Intermediate School District working as a Coordinator for Gifted and Talented. Once she retired from the EISD she accepted a position at Olivet College as the Director of Character Education. Throughout her working career Barbara touched and helped shape the lives of countless students. Barbara was a proud member of Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and bible study. She was active in the Charlotte Women's Club, AAUW, MEA, NEA, and ABWA. When she was not working Barbara enjoyed writing, and successfully published two books. She enjoyed painting, attending concerts and plays, listening to music, working out at AL!VE, traveling, and most importantly spending time with her family. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, James Davis; children, Katherine (Shane) Gonser, James Davis; grandchildren, Shelby and Kollin Gonser, James and Hudson Davis; sisters, Kay (Norman) Jagger, Virginia (Jay) Matheson. She was predeceased by her parents. Friends are encouraged to support Barbara's family by attending services or sharing memories on her Tribute Page at www.prayfuneral.com. A Memorial service will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, with Pastor Neil Brady officiating. Visitation will be held just prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to www.prayfuneral.com, click on Barbara's tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to CROP Hunger Walk. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
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