Nancy Lou (Dye) Davis, of St. Louis, MO, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, and friend to all who knew her. She left this world suddenly on December 16, 2022, at age 73.
Nancy was born to Clark and Eva Dye on August 22, 1949, and was the baby of the family with two older sisters, Arleta and Nadine. The days were hard as they tended to their fields and cared for the livestock, but they were a family of faith that loved the Lord. Nancy drove the tracker and drank coffee starting at the age of 8. In her hometown of Arbela she went to a one room schoolhouse until the sixth grade. In high school, she played the trombone in the marching band and fell in love with Ron Davis.
Nancy completed her Bachelor’s degree at Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) and her Master’s degree at Webster University (St. Louis). After briefly working at Shell Motor Co, she was hired by Mehlville School District at Oakville Middle School and then as an Economics and Parenting teacher at Mehlville High School. Nancy took such pride cultivating each of her students, as she shared her passion for learning and teaching with thousands of teenagers over her 41-year career.
Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Ron, on June 29, 1969. He preceded her in death on June 22, 2011.
To this union two daughters were born, Amy Lanette (Davis) Heitman and Amber Renee Davis. The Davis family were active members at Mehlville Baptist Church, where Nancy and Ron taught Sunday School class and Nancy was the director of Vacation Bible School for many years. She was a believer in Christ and shared her love for Him with all she knew.
Nancy loved spending time with her family – it was her life joy. She took pride in providing for her family in every way and often spent hours in the kitchen, creating delicious meals for them. After Ron became ill in 2002 and until he passed in 2011, she cared for him in their home and was recognized with the Caregiver of the Year Award for the St. Louis area. She was a true pillar of strength and faith for her family has she led them through this difficult time with such grace, comfort, and love. She had two grandchildren, Henry Thomas Heitman VI and Hazel Lanette Heitman. Nancy (Grammy) cared for Hazel since she was 3 months old until she entered kindergarten. She was always on call for school pickups and attended every school and sporting event for both grandkids.
Nancy is our loving, precious, courageous, and strong mom and grandma.
Nancy was greeted in heaven by her husband, parents, in-laws, Hazel and Herold Davis, and close family members, Juliet and Louis Brant.
She is survived by her sisters, Arleta Dye of Memphis and Nadine (Wayne) Palmer of Quincy; daughters, Amy (Tom) Heitman of Barnhart, MO, and Amber Davis of St. Louis; grandchildren, Henry and Hazel Heitman of Barnhart; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Davis family: our sincere sympathy in the loss of Nancy. What a lovely Christian lady and the great admiration we had for her. You all have endured sad times, may God grant comfort and peace! The B. Lee family
So sorry to learn of Nancy’s passing. She was a great lady that was an inspiration to all.
Our deepest sympathy and prayers.
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