Ethel Nadell (Clanton) Davis, age 84, entered Heaven on March 20, 2019 in Odessa, TX at Madison Medical Resort after a 209 day illness resultant from a traumatic fall in her home on August 23, 2018, which paralyzed her right side.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, March 25, 2019 in the Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home (6801 East Business 20, Odessa) with Mr. Randy Beard officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Nadell was a true child of Odessa and West Texas, and everything that means. Born on December 22, 1934 to Robert Joseph (“RJ”) and Nora Lee (McKinney) Clanton in Lamesa, TX, the family moved to Odessa in January 1940. She attended Odessa primary and secondary schools for 12 years and was graduated by Odessa High School in 1953.
She was graduated by Texas Technological College in Lubbock, TX in May 1957 with a Bachelors degree, majoring in Home Economics and Education (both Primary and Secondary Certified). While attending Tech she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and several Home Economics Societies.
All together, Nadell taught elementary school for a combined total of 25 years, with 20 of these years in Odessa at Kiddie Kollege (4 years) and at several ECISD elementary schools (16 years). Her first teaching job was in 1957 with a third grade class in Slaton, TX and she retired in 1995 teaching fourth grade at Burnett Elementary.
Nadell taught a combined fourth and fifth grade class for one year at the U.S. Armed Forces School in Butzbach, West Germany while her husband was posted with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Division in 1958 and 1959. Her oldest son was born in 1959 while they were stationed in Germany.
On October 1, 1991, the ‘Odessa American’ named her “Teacher Of The Week”. She summarized her teaching philosophy with, “I stress self-discipline and responsibility because I believe the harder students work, the more they will learn and the better prepared they will be to face the future.” Nadell was more than a “teacher”, she was an “educator”.
Nadell married her high school sweetheart, Tine E. (“Gene”) Davis on June 15, 1957 at the First Baptist Church of Odessa. They were married 62 years.
Nadell was a faithful First Baptist Church of Odessa member for 74 years, having joined at age 10 in 1945. She taught numerous Sunday School classes and served on the Wedding and Bereavement Committees for many years, and also served as a very popular and respected Adult Sponsor with the Church’s Youth Group on numerous mission and choir trips. Her Christian example and personal humor positively impacted many young people.
Gifted with a knack for creating homemade crafts, Nadell excelled in the art of “decorating”. Her macrema, ceramics, jewelry and wood painting projects can be found throughout her home, as well as the homes of her family, friends and neighbors.
Nadell was a longtime member of the Odessa Study Club, the Odessa Junior League and Odessa Pannhellenic. Both of her son’s served as escort’s for the annual Crystal Ball Foundation Debutante Presentation.
Nadell was preceded in death by her parents, R.J. and Nora Clanton, her in-laws, Tine Issac and Ethel Copeland Davis, and her brother-in-laws, David Lynn Davis and Elgan Clifton (“EC”) Goodman.
Nadell is survived by her loving husband, Gene Davis of Odessa; son Mark Bradley Davis of Hovey, TX, son Grant Allan Davis of California; grandchildren, Alexandra (“Lexie”) Lee Davis and Marshall Clanton Davis of Houston, TX; sister Norita Nell (“Stubby”) Clanton Goodman of Granbury, TX; nephews Paul A. Goodman of San Antonio, TX and Stephen L. Goodman of McKinney, TX.
Pallbearers will be Jimmie Todd, Walter Smith, Mark Donaldson, Gary Johnson, David Johnson and Doug Chisum.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Del Hamilton, Don Clark, Paul Goodman, Steve Goodman, Christie Davis and Tyler Davis.
In lieu of flowers, Nadell requested memorial donations be made to a charity of personal choice such as Mission Odessa, Door of Hope, etc.
Gene and Mark wish to gratefully thank all of the wonderful Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Madison Medical Resort and Home Health Hospice for their loving and thoughtful consideration of Nadell during the 209 days she was in their care.
In John 14:2, Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many rooms; If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare one for you.” As a publicly professed Christian who never hesitated in any situation, time or place to openly acknowledge her resolute belief that Jesus Christ was her true, one and only Lord and Savior, Nadell’s family and friends take great comfort in the absolute knowledge she’s decorating her room right now!
Nadell was a wonderful person and will always hold a special place in my heart. My parents were such great friends with Gene and Nadell as I was growing up. She could always bring a smile to my face with her quick wit and laughter! Her presence on this earth will be missed but heaven did gain an angel!
Kelly Paulette NettletonHumble, TX
She was so sweet! So fun when we were in youth. Condolences to friends and family and see you sooner than we know.
Susan Bryant-SnureLacombe, LA
Russ & Sara HerringtonOdessa, TX
Byron and I were saddened at Nadell's passing, but we rejoice that she is free of pain and suffering as she explores the wonders of Heaven. Gene, prayers for you and the boys in your loss.
POLLY BAULCH SALYARDSODESSA, TX
Nadell was a kind friendly Christian lady. Always a smile on her face. She will be miss but not forgotten. 🙏🏻 Prayers to the family.🙏🏻❤️
Alan HurleyOdessa, TX
We both worked with Nadell back in the Sims & Guess days,
what a joy to work with ! She found laughter in almost everything and will be missed by all.
Beth and Mignon JohnstonOdessa, TX
Nadell and I have been friends since middle school. I love her like a sister and we had so many good times together which continued after we married . She was so talented and such a caring person. I have fun memories of being in their home for all the high school reunions and their
visit to New Orleans and our buggy ride in the quarter. She was fun wherever she was though. Will miss talking on the phone to her (we had pretty long conversations). She loved Gene and her family. Know she is with God and completely happy now..
Phyllis Evans DixonKenner, LA
I loved Nadell Davis. I had the privilege of working with her at Burnet Elementary. She was a very joyful, giving, and creative person. I will always remember the beautiful wedding shower she hosted for my daughter. Holice and I extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for God's comfort to Gene and the family.
Nanxy SmithOdessa, TX
Gene, my condolences for the loss of Nadell. She was a very special lady. My prayers are with you and your family.
Judy Cosper-KirkOdessa, TX
My thoughts are with you during this time.
Shirley BreauxOdessa, TX
I have known Nadell since 1957. She always had a smile and so happy our paths crossed in life. I also knew Gene. They were a special couple. My condolences to the family but know she is so happy being with her God and savior. She will have everything organized by the time we get there.
Jeanette WhiteOdessa, TX
Sending love and prayers!
Curtis and Marilyn Brewer
Curtis BrewerMcComb, MS
I had the privilege of being your health care aide for a year since the day I met u MS nadell and Mr Gene I knew that I was blessed to have met such great people I have no words to express my love for you and him thank you for letting me care for you and enjoy wonderful times and laughters I will always cherish u mama nadell I will always be the daughter u said I was and I will truly and dearly miss you I love you and someday I will have the privilege of reuniting in heaven
Violet VargasOdessa, TX
There are just not enough words to express how much I enjoyed visiting with Nadell. She gave the best hugs and it was such a delight to see her at church. We greeted her and Gene at the West doors of the church!! She loved First Baptist, her family, and friends so much and had such a zeal for life!! I will miss her, the hugs, the visits, and that beautiful smile!! Love you, Janet Flippin
Janet FlippinOdessa, TX