Dorothy Lois Harper Davis of Odessa, TX passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on September 3, 1932, to Ernest and Maggie Mae Harper.
She is survived by her daughter, Terry Ann Unruh and husband Terry; 3 grandsons: Bryant Unruh and wife Shannon, Bradley Unruh and wife Justine, and Brent Unruh and wife Brooke; and 4 great grandchildren: Maggie, Luke, Hazel, and Grayson, and two great granddaughters on the way in the coming months.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Thomas Aubrey Davis in 2010.
Dorothy graduated from North Texas University and taught school in Odessa for over 30 years. She married Tom on November 22, 1956. Dorothy had an immense love for music and was the choir director at Westminster Presbyterian Church for many years. Dorothy was also one of the founding members of the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale, playing the cello. She had the opportunity to play with the Moody Blues, Roy Clark, Eddie Arnold, and many others. She continued to participate in the symphony for over 50 years.
Upon her retirement from teaching, Dorothy remained just as busy with new hobbies. She became a “pink lady” at the hospital, took up golf, and was active in the women’s golf association. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family. She and her daughter Terry were best friends. She also loved her dogs. Dorothy and tom were permanent fixtures at their grandson’s sporting and music events. They were very proud of the young men that they became. Besides being active in all her extracurricular activities, Dorothy loved to sit on the back patio, listen to music, watch the birds, and visit with friends and neighbors.
Terry would like to thank the private caregivers that took such wonderful care of her mom and the past and present staff of Orchard Park. She would also like to thank all the friends and neighbors who offered care and support over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Odessa Humane Society, or Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Graveside services will be a 11:00 am at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Thursday, July 22, 2021. A memorial service will follow at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.