Obituary for Suzanne Davis
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Suzanne Conro Davis, 88, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at a private home of Heaven Sent in Houston, Texas.
She was born Suzanne Royal Conro in Germantown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 2, 1926 to Edwin Stanley Conro and Susan Royal Bray. She grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended Doylestown High School. Her aunt, Mary Bray, enabled her to go to Penn State University, from which she graduated with a degree in journalism in 1948. While at Penn State she met and fell in love with her future husband, Paul Marsh Davis of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. They married September 25, 1948 at St. Luke s Episcopal Church in Germantown.
After moving from Youngstown, Ohio to Birmingham, Alabama, they settled in DeWitt, in upstate New York where Paul worked as a civil engineer in the steel industry and Suzanne focused on caring for their family of three children. She was a dedicated and industrious homemaker and mother, who together with Paul provided a wonderful home environment for their family. She enjoyed reading, gardening and sewing as her children grew up, and served as a leader of the local group of Camp Fire Girls and volunteered as a teacher s aide at their high school. Suzanne had an incredible memory, with a steel trap mind for dates of important family happenings, as well as for national historic events. She was an ardent student of American and British history. She and Paul took great pleasure in taking the family on vacations across the United States to explore our National Parks and Monuments and historical sites.
After the children were grown, Suzanne and Paul enjoyed many years spending time together while running a hobby antique business in upstate New York and rock hounding throughout the United States. In 1990, they fulfilled a lifetime dream of Suzanne s to visit England and Scotland and made it quite an adventure by traveling there and back on the Queen Elizabeth II. Following Paul s retirement from civil engineering, and drawn by a mutual interest in early American history, they moved to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1994 where they volunteered for several years at the historic colony on Jamestown Island. They enjoyed walking Colonial Williamsburg and the woods and shore of the James River on Jamestown Island. Suzanne also followed a passion to explore the family ancestry, and truly was the family historian. In 2010, Suzanne and Paul moved to Houston, Texas to be close to their son.
Spiritually, Suzanne embraced her Christian faith in a private, personal way. She cherished the celebrations of Christmas and Easter. Both she and Paul were committed to raising their children under the Christian teachings of the Episcopal Church and regularly attended St. David's in DeWitt. She had a lovely voice and it was a delight to hear her sing hymns.
Suzanne and Paul remained deeply committed to one another throughout their marriage and took great pride in the accomplishments of their children. Family was very important to both of them. Suzanne sat months by Paul s side, talking with him and keeping him company as he gradually weakened, and she was with him as he took his last breath. Suzanne greatly missed Paul after his passing in 2012.
Suzanne is survived by her daughters, Susan and Marsha, her son, Stan, and her sister, Cynthia, and her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, her parents, her sister, Phyllis, and her brother, Michael.
Services were held Wednesday, June 11th at 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Houston.
A graveside service was held at Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown, PA on Friday, June 13th at 9:30 am.
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