Genita (McDonald) Davis

Posted: Fri 7:07 AM, Jun 28, 2013
Funeral Home: Memorial Funeral Chapel
June 20, 1923 – June 25, 2013

Genita McDonald Davis passed from this life on June 25, 2013 and joined Jesus Christ in His glory. Visitation with the family will be at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan from 5 to 7 pm on the evening of Saturday, June 29. Graveside services will be Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Bryan City Cemetery with the Honorable Travis B. Bryan III officiating.

Genita was born in Franklin, Texas on June 20, 1923, where her father was the court reporter for the 85th Judicial District of Texas, which included Robertson and Brazos County. Mr. McDonald moved his family to Bryan in 1926. Genita graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1941. The historic Great Depression had a great impact on the life of a young girl. She witnessed men of all walks of life traveling through Bryan by car, train, and foot looking for work and finding their way to the McDonalds' back door begging for food. The McDonalds had a garden, a cow, and chickens enabling them to be generous, never turning away a hungry man. Witnessing the effects of this horrific event in history led Genita to live a life based on "living for today but planning for tomorrow", often denying her own desires to help others through difficult times.

Genita attended business school in Dallas, Texas and then worked for AAA on the A&M College campus. She planned on entering the mission field and joined the Nurses Army Corps. Genita trained to be a registered nurse, graduating from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. The war ended before she was called to service. A serendipitous meeting with a young Aggie student in the driveway of her parents' home and a date to the Bombers baseball game changed the course of her life.

On February 3, 1948, Genita married the love of her life, Alfred W. (Head) Davis in the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan and enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Genita laid down a professional career in nursing to become a wonderful homemaker, using her nursing skills assisting family members and friends, nursing her husband through a near fatal case of Bulbar Polio in 1952. They lived in Paducah, Texas with their children, Fred and Leah, where Head became the District Attorney for Cottle, King, Baylor and Knox counties. Genita was active in the First Methodist Church, the 1923 Study Club, the Garden Club, and the many activities of her children. In 1963, the family moved to Bryan where Mr. Davis opened his law office. Genita was dedicated to supporting her husband, children, and grandchildren in every endeavor and pursuit. Head and Genita were faithful members of A&M United Methodist Church and avid Aggie fans, attending all home basketball, football, and baseball games. They looked forward to traveling to new places. Genita loved the simplicities of life and nothing better than an afternoon of fishing with her husband or best friends, Royce Litterst, Nan Alexander, Helen Pugh and Lou Cashion. She was a woman of high principles, great resolve, a marvelous Southern cook and hostess, terrific dancer, devoted wife and mother, and a soldier of the Cross.

Preceding her in death were her husband, A.W. (Head) Davis, her parents, Z. R. McDonald and Tommie McDonald; and a sister, Helen Dana McDonald Rosberg.

Surviving are daughter, Leah Davis Rush, son, Fred Davis and wife, Sue Ellen; three grandchildren; Mollie Grace Rush, Nancy Diana Davis, and Thomas Webb Davis. Also surviving are her brother, Ranney McDonald and sister, Nancy Broach; sister-in-law Louise Maclin, as well as nieces and nephews; Kenny Broach, Don Broach, Dr. David Rosberg Jr., Dana Rosberg Copus, Carey Maclin and Betty Maclin Lindsey.

The family is indeed grateful to Dr. Denise Turner, the staffs of St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph Manor, St. Joseph Assisted Living, Southern Care Hospice, and caregivers Elizabeth Thomas and Lisa Watson for their care and compassion. May God bless each of you. Thank you to all friends and family who visited during Mother's most difficult days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brazos Valley Troupe at Box CK, College Station, Texas 77841, the Salvation Army at 2506 Cavitt Avenue, Bryan, Texas 77801 or a charity of your choice .
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