the north face wiki Jean Davis Obituary
DAVIS Jean White Davis, a beloved member of the Jacksonville community, died Tuesday, February 12. She was 100 years old. Mrs. Davis, born in Atchison, Kansas January 2, 1908, was the daughter of the Very Rev. Francis S. White and Caroline Silliman Mize White. Jean was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard White of Hollis NH and Edward Mize White of Atchison, KS. Her mother’s family were among America’s colonial settlers in 1640. Her father’s career as an Episcopal Priest took the family to Grand Rapids MI, San Antonio TX, Glen Ridge NJ, Cleveland OH and Tampa FL before she married and moved to Jacksonville. Jean was educated at the Laurel School in Cleveland, National Cathedral School in Washington DC, Smith College in Northampton, MA and she graduated from Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In 1934 Jean married Angus Baker Rosborough, a Jacksonville native and Insurance executive. They had three children. Angus died in 1960. In 1963 she married Corwith Davis, a widower with four children and leader of the Dairy industry in North Florida. Corwith died in 1996. Jean Davis is remembered for an active civic life as well as devotion to her family and friends. Moreover, she was motivated by life’s challenges. Responding to a dare in 1928, she became the first woman to climb the North Face of Long’s Peak, Colorado’s highest. During World War II, Jean joined the Red Cross Motor Corps as an Ambulance driver. On an early mission she wedged her ambulance under a low roof. Unfazed and declining offers to call a welder to cut off the top of the ambulance, she let the air out of its tires and proceeded on her way. When she saw an urgent need, Mrs. Davis often crafted a solution. In that spirit she was a Founder of the Jacksonville Children’s Museum (now the Museum of Science and History), and also the Founder and first President of the Junior Assembly of Jacksonville. Jean served two terms as President of the Jacksonville Junior League, and was a Board Member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Florida, as well as its representative to Dunbarton House, the National Headquarters. She also was appointed to the Duval County Welfare Board (now part of University Medical Center), and served as an early member of the Jacksonville Symphony Association Board. Mrs. Davis was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Ortega, becoming the first female member of its Vestry, Director of its Altar Guild, a Trustee of both St. Mark’s School and the Cathedral Foundation. As an active participant in St. Mark’s Pastoral Care programs, Jean served in its Meals on Wheels, Good Samaritan and FISH volunteer service initiatives. Jean Davis loved to entertain and never refused a dance. She was a member of both Timuquana Country Club and Florida Yacht Club. An avid Bridge player, Jean excelled at both the Duplicate and Rubber versions of the game. However, she said she much preferred the latter with her friends as a way of staying in touch with what was going on in Jacksonville. Mrs. Davis is survived by 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The children of her first marriage are: Bruce W. Rosborough of Ponte Vedra, Brian Rosborough (Lucy) of Concord MA, and daughter, Robin Webster (Tom) of Ponte Vedra. Mr. Davis’ children are: Louise Beattie (Stuart) of Palo Alto CA, June Chambers (Jack) of Jacksonville, Mike Davis (Cynthia) of Charlottesville VA and Gardner Davis (Martha) of Jacksonville. Her grandchildren are: Caroline Rosborough Flagler, Dorothy Beattie Baker (Jon), Neilie Fletcher, Angus Rosborough, Sarah Beattie, Caroline Davis (Brandon Partridge), Deacon Webster (Frances), Anna Beattie Wilson (Todd), Corwith Davis, III, Sara Webster, Annabelle Rosborough, Davis Rosborough, Molly Davis, Gardner Davis, Jr., and Elizabeth Davis. A Memorial Service celebrating Mrs. Davis’ life will be held 11 AM Friday, February 15 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at the intersection of Oxford Ave and Ortega Blvd. The service will be conducted by the Rt. Rev. Charles Keyser assisted by the Rev. John Coffey. A reception will follow immediately after the service in Leatherbury Hall at the parish. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to please consider St. Mark’s Pastoral Care Program, 4129 Oxford Ave., Jacksonville FL 32210, the Cummer Museum of Art Gardens, Acquisition Fund, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville FL or NE Florida Community Hospice 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville FL 32257. Arrangements by Hardage Giddens Funeral Homes, Jacksonville Beach.