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Charlotte Ann (Thayer) Davis, 90, of Peoria, formerly of Keyser, W.Va., died peacefully at her home at Bickford Senior Living in Peoria on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.
Charlotte, known affectionately by her friends and family as Chawn, was born on Jan. 22, 1927, in Kingwood, W.Va. Chawn was the oldest daughter of Daniel Rennick and Charlotte E. "Lottie" (Wakefield) Thayer. Along with her two sisters, Colleen and Renna, the family moved to Keyser when their father was hired to work at the B&O Railroad.
As an energetic and outgoing teenager, Chawn championed civil rights and became involved in many activities and organizations, including the 4-H club, which fittingly stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health.
After high school Chawn attended her beloved Potomac State College, completing her formal education at West Virginia University majoring in English with a minor in Spanish. Following graduation she chose a teaching career that started in Fort Ashby, W.Va. Teaching would remain a lifelong passion even into her early eighties.
After staying home to raise five children, two of which were twin boys born just before her fortieth birthday, Chawn re-entered the workforce as Director of Volunteers and Public Relations for The Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston.
Always energetic, she moved back to Keyser during her "retirement" to care for her mother, work for her alma mater Potomac State College in public relations; write feature stories for the local newspaper; serve as program director for the Kiwanis club; and substitute teach.
Chawn will be remembered fondly for many things but perhaps the most endearing will be her passion and ability to make immediate connections and lifelong friends with complete strangers on a train, a plane or in a grocery store. Before you knew it they were exchanging Christmas cards for years to come.
A beloved mother, sister and aunt, her survivors include her children, Dallas Hancock and husband Joe, Thayer Davis and wife, Pam, Taylor Davis and wife, Pam, Grant Davis and wife, Rachel, Galen Davis and wife, Delphine; her grandchildren, Kyle and Ross Hancock, Andrea Miskewicz and husband, Kevin, and Kate, Sarah, Suzanne, Maxime and Augustin Davis. Also surviving is her sister, Renna Jane Shaver, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate Chawn's life at Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lauren Godwin officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, Md.
The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 40, Keyser, WV 26726.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. Davis' obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on September 11, 2017
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