July 25, 1932 - April 24, 2020
Jacquelyn (Jackie) Joy Davis passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020. Born on July 25, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was a graduate of McMain High School in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University.
As the young teenage daughter of a prominent businessman, she and her sisters (Pat and Sandy) were part of the New Orleans social scene which often included the likes of Robert Mitchum among others. She always loved to tell about him coming over for dinner and having her picture taken with him holding her in his arms.
She met her husband, Sam on a “blind date” in 1950 and were wed on December 19, 1953. They remained together for almost 67 years only to be separated by Sam’s passing in September of 2017. The family takes comfort in knowing that she is now with him again, most likely enjoying a cocktail and some of her famous red beans. They settled in Lubbock, Texas where she gave birth to their first of four children, Jay. Shortly after, they moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where both their daughters (Chris then Libby) were born. After a brief stay in Atlanta, Georgia, they all moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where their second son and fourth child, David, was born. They remained in Tulsa for nearly 20 years before moving to Dallas, Texas.
Known for her cooking, she reveled in preparing, serving, then sharing her recipes amongst family and friends with the exception of her mother’s barbeque sauce recipe which was a closely guarded secret even amongst her children. Her hobbies included making and decorating cakes and candies much to the delight of her husband and friends who anxiously awaited every birthday and holiday. However, it was her great love of entertaining which most will remember her for. Their home was always open, not only for family but for friends who often dropped by for an Old Fashion or Chimayo Cocktail where the conversation was relaxed and Neil Diamond or Barbara Streisand played in the background. She was member of The Dallas Theatre Club and then the YMCA where she enjoyed water aerobics with a close knit group of ladies, something she looked forward to attending each and every morning.
She never tired of loving and doting on all her grandkids and great grandkids, who affectionately called her Gammie or Mom Mom. She enjoyed dancing and swimming with them when they came to visit her.
Jackie is survived by, her son Jay and daughter in law Debbie Davis of Southlake, TX, daughter Libby Davis Vermeire of Allen, TX, son David and daughter in law Laurie Davis of Allen, TX. Grandchildren Cody and wife Emily Davis of Tulsa, OK, Samantha Flowers of Sachse, TX, Garrett Flowers of Dallas, TX, Clayton and wife Anna-Marie Vermeire of Princeton, TX, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Vermeire of New Hope, TX, and Joseph, Adam and Luke Davis of Allen, TX, great grandson Samuel (Sam) Davis and great granddaughter Jane Davis of Tulsa, OK, and great grandson Louis Vermeire of Princeton, TX. She is also survived by her sisters, Pat Jordan and Sandy Byrd, brother and sister in law Bill and Irma Davis, sisters in law Betty Davis, Barbara Davis, and Ann Davis, along with countless nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Sam, daughter Chris, and parents Virgil and Eleanor Jolley.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225 (www.northwaychristian.org).
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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