Alva Henriette Davey


Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2005



Cooper Landing resident Alva Henriette Davey died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at her home. She was 85.

A memorial service will be held next summer.

She was born Nov. 24, 1920, in Anchorage to John Hugo and Ingeborg Erickson.

As a girl she played basketball for Anchorage High School, where she graduated in 1938. She married her second husband, Richard Davey on Jan. 13, 1951. She sold Fuller Brush products in the 1960s. In the 1970s she worked in the cafeteria at West Anchorage High School. She enjoyed cooking and the students.

She also was politically involved as a member of the Republican Women’s Club. She served on the election board, making sure all ballots were accounted for. She was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 4. She was honored in 1970 by the city of Anchorage, as she was born in the city the year it was legally incorporated.

“Her life as she knew it changed in 1984 when she suffered a stroke, which left her unable to do many of the things she enjoyed. Yet she maintained her sense of humor and gentle ways. She never complained and was more concerned about others,” her family said.

The Daveys retired shortly thereafter to their cabin, which became home, on Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing, where she lived for the remainder of her life.

“She was devoted to her family. She loved to garden, and her roses at her home in Anchorage were her pride and joy. She was always there for her four daughters, providing hugs, rides, advice and words of encouragement. She took pride in her clean and beautiful home. She and her husband were able to travel to Europe, the Bahamas and other exotic locations. She was a beloved wife and mother,” her family said.

She is survived by her husband, Richard at home; daughters, Linnea Sledge of Big Lake, Bonnie Pischke of Spokane, Wash., Cheryle James of Cooper Landing and Linda Ball of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; grandchildren, Marilyn Sansom, Billy Sledge, Christy Johnson, Melanie Norris and Taylor Ball; great-grandchildren, Kevin Carlson, Hannah Norris and Cash Johnson; sisters, Ebba Montgomery of Anchorage and Edith Colley of Port Townsend, Wash.; and nieces, Julie Ginder, Marilyn Odom, Sheila Stewart and Debbie Erickson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance Inc. P.O. Box 510, Cooper Landing, AK. 99572.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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