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NANCY DAVIS Nancy O'Brien Davis, beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister and aunt, passed away Nov. 17, 2012 at home in Las Vegas. She was born in Portland, Ore., to Patrick and Constance O'Brien, July 19, 1949. She attended the University of Washington and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She married Michael W. Davis Dec. 23, 1969 and they were blessed with two sons. Nancy received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in graphic design. She had a unique ability to combine creativity with a strong, practical work ethic and sense of humor. After years of working strictly as a graphic designer she began to combine her illustrations with her design projects and created a style all her own. Her clients began ordering her illustrations and she was on her way to a fascinating career in illustration and print. Her work was featured in over 20 print regional design annuals and the Art Director's Club annual exhibitions. She won the prestigious Society of Illustrators Award, as well as their Original Art for Children Award. She illustrated and authored 12 books for children. Her clients included Hanna Andersson, Nike, Tektronix, Simon Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Company, Scholastic, Microsoft, American Greetings and many more. Along with her mother and niece, Meghan, Nancy co-owned and operated Birds of a Feather, a needlepoint and cross-stitch design business whose designs were sold around the world. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Esley Davis; and sister-in-law, Judy Davis. Nancy is survived by her parents; husband, Mike; sons, Brien and Cameron; two sisters, Sharon (Ken) Raddle and Mollie (Gordon) Hewitt; her mother-in-law, AnnaBelle; one brother-in-law, Norman; two sisters-in-law, Jan (Peter) Jacobsen and Jill (Mark) LeBas; eight nieces; and four nephews. Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at The Madeleine Church, 3123 NE 24th St., Portland. Celebration of life reception will follow.

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