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Beverly Jean Davis, 92, passed away peacefully December 22, 2017 in her Las Vegas home surrounded by family. She succumbed to cancer. Beverly was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Jessie and Judith Bigelow. Beverly grew up in Council Bluffs as part of a railroad family. Throughout her schooling she demonstrated excellence in academics, student government, drama, athletics, and - especially - music. She started singing in the adult choir at church at age 12. At Thomas Jefferson High School she was a vital part of the award-winning a cappella choir and girls glee choir, accompanied the girls glee choir on piano, and sang in several operettas throughout her high school career. Beverly graduated from high school in June, 1942. After a 2 year stint working for Northwestern Bell Beverly enrolled at the University of Omaha in 1944 as a music major. She appeared consistently on the Dean's List, participated in the Womens' Chorus, accompanied vocal students, and performed as a soloist. She left the university after her junior year to marry Charles Davis on June 6, 1947. They moved to Iowa City so that Charles could complete his Masters Degree in music. They were blessed with four children, sons Charles II, Randall and Nicholas, and daughter Candace. Beverly assumed the role of supportive mother and wife. At the University of Iowa she sang in the university chorus and took voice lessons. In September, 1952 the family moved to Pullman, Washington when Charles took a position with the Music Dept. of Washington State University. In Pullman Beverly was called into service to set up and manage households in three different homes while there - and found the time to participate in the university chorus and several musicals. In August 1959 Charles accepted a position at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After 4 years in Albuquerque Charles accepted a position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). In September, 1963, the family motored up the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks to commence a new life there. Beverly immersed herself in the Fairbanks cultural scene. She did whatever was required to make events successful. One highlight was being the mezzo-soprano soloist alongside William Warfield in Bach's St. John Passion. She served on the board of the Fairbanks Concert Association for several years, was active in establishing the new Christ Lutheran Church in Fairbanks, worked for the Archives department at the UAF Library and participated fully in the Fairbanks social scene. After Charles retired in 1979 they searched for a retirement home. They settled on Summerlin Sun City. The move was planned for the spring of 1993. Unfortunately Charles suffered a stroke shortly before the planned move. He was still in recovery when that move took place. Beverly managed to juggle the care of Charles and the management of the construction of their new home in Sun City. Sadly, Charles died March 5, 1994 and never spent a night in their new home. Beverly moved into her Sun City home later that spring and has resided there until her death. She has been active in the Summerlin community. She assisted in the establishment and construction of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and was active in the music ministry there. As of 2014 Beverly had been singing in church choirs for 77 years. She was an avid bingo fan and enjoyed the company of her many bingo buddies. She enjoyed being host to family and friends at her home. Beverly was always loving, self-sacrificing, supportive, and caring. All who knew her were blessed to be in her presence.

Beverly was predeceased by her parents Jessie and Judith Bigelow, her brother Phillip Bigelow, nephew Paul Bigelow, and granddaughter Wendy Conn. She is survived by her sons Charles (Marvilla) Davis, Randall (Vicki) Davis, Nicholas (Nancy) Davis and daughter Candace (Walter) Peterson. She is survived by five grandchildren, Tracy (Steve) Armstrong, Daniel (Farnoush) Davis, Jason Davis, Jessica Peterson and Charlie (Jana) Peterson; eight great grandchildren, Cassi Campbell, Colton Campbell, James (Arianna ) Schindler, Arya Davis, Kaya Peterson, Lane Peterson, Paige Peterson and Ty Walter Peterson. She is also survived by by three great great grandchildren, James Armstrong, Maizie Schindler, and Cleo Schindler. Beverly will be missed very much by family, friends , and others who knew her. Memorial service will be Friday, January 26, 2018, 11AM at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 8901 Del Webb Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89134. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the "St. Andrew Lutheran Church Music Ministry" at the church address listed.
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