Evangelia “Poppy” Pana Davis, age 95, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey died on 6 June 2018 at the Brightview Woodburn Assisted Living Center in Annandale, Virginia.
Poppy was born in 1922 in Asmara Ethiopia (formerly, Italian Eritrea) where she lived until 1945. She met and married the love of her life, Woodrow W. Davis of Charleston, NH in 1943. Before moving to the U.S. in 1945 Poppy and Woodrow lived in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt and Asmara.
Poppy remained at her husband’s side for thirty-six years until his death in 1979. They enjoy their years together in Schenectady, N.Y., Fort Lee, VA, Heidelberg, Germany, Sagamihara, Japan and Philadelphia, PA. After retiring in 1971 they built a cottage on the shores of Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, where Poppy continued to spend her summers.
Poppy was a dedicated military wife and Mother. She also made selfless contributions to the American Red Cross as a volunteer and served with them for over 57 years. Her dedication was acknowledged through numerous awards which included “The Clara Barton” award which is the highest honor given to a volunteer. In 2015 she received the “Berrie” award which is given annually to ten New Jersey citizens who have made a difference in the lives of NJ citizens. Other passions included, cooking, floral arranging, bridge, singing and painting.
Poppy is survived by her son Joseph C. Davis (AZ) and two daughters Carol V. Burns (VA) and Kristina D. Parisi (NJ); One daughter-in-law Betty S Davis, Two sons-in-law David W. Burns and Anthony M. Parisi; two grand children Iain D. Burns and his wife Melissa, and Amanda S. Black, and her husband Michael. She is also survived by two great-grand children, Griffin and Ridley Black.
Services will be at St Katherine’s Greek Orthodox, 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd. Falls Church, VA 22041 on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at 11:00. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be given to the American Red Cross.