Judy Davis

A Celebration of Life for Judy (Sara Jewell) Greer Davis, 78, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Private inurnment will be at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Topeka. She died on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at her home following a long battle with gynecological cancer.

Judy was born on January 8, 1935 in Dallas, TX, the daughter of William Thomas Bell Greer and Beulah Jones Greer.  She was raised in Lorain, Ohio and Jackson, MI. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1952 and moved to Topeka, KS.  There. She attended Washburn University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and Pi Kappa Delta, the honorary forensic fraternity.  She majored in English and Elementary Education and was a member of the Washburn Debate squad.

She was active in volunteer work in Topeka, KS and was a member of the Topeka Junior League, Alpha Phi Alumnae, president of Mrs. 20/30, and president of Randolph School PTA.  She was also a Brownie and Girl Scout leader.  After moving to Manhattan in 1966, Judy served on the Manhattan Airport Board and several United Way committees.  She was the Drive Chairman for Riley County United Way in 1984.  She was a member of the committee which wrote the grant for the formation of the Regional Crisis Center (an organization that provided assistance to victims of rape and domestic violence) and was selected to be their first Executive Director.  Judy also served on the boards of Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Family Council, Kansas Association of Domestic Violence Programs and the Kansas Organization of Sexual Assault coalition.

She married Glen F. Davis on June 4, 1955 in Topeka, KS.  He survives of the home.

In 1987, she and Glen moved to Lawrence.  In Lawrence, she was a member of the GQ Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood and a volunteer at the Lied Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Ronald McDonald’s Family Room in Children’s Mercy Hospital, Small World and Audio Reader.  She also volunteered at the Lied Center since 1997. The Davis’ have been supporters of the Dole Center and the Hall Center for several years.  She worked as a pre-arranged funeral counselor at Warren-McElwain Mortuary from 1988-1991.

Survivors besides her husband, Glen include: three daughters, Cheryl Parsons (Steve) of Dallas, TX, Cathleen Gorby, of Olathe, KS, Diane Fox (Peter), of Wichita, KS’ two sons, Greg Davis (Laura), of Houston, TX, Geoffrey Davis (Julie), of Frisco, TX, thirteen grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jacquelyn Wright.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the LMH Endowment Association for the Oncology Department and to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Rehabilitation and Hospice Care and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family will greet friends from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Judy wished that her services would be a celebration of her life and would suggest that everyone wear bright colors.

29 Condolences

  1. Teresa Woods on July 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing earlier today. My heart goes out to Glen and all her family. I am writing this at sunset, and there is the most absolutely stunning sunset blazing softly across the sky here. Full of bright and warm colors. Truly glorious! The angels are rejoicing welcoming one of their own home! Godspeed, dear Judy!

  2. Lois Pierce on July 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    So sorry for your loss!!! I am of friend of the Fox family. May God grant you all peace that passes understanding. Strength and energy to make all of the arrangements. We will keep you in our prayers!!!

  3. Jamie Mock Boring on July 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. I have many fond memories of time spent at the ball fields with our softball families. She will be missed but will always be in our hearts.

  4. Kelly Huguet on July 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Bless your beautiful mom for all the wonderful things she did for others in her life. She touched so many with all her service.. You must be so proud. I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers.

    Love you Diane

  5. Marsha Scott Engelken on July 14, 2013 at 8:12 am

    My prayers and sympathy to your family and friends. I remember Judy as an energetic and dynamic person.

  6. Marilyn Naumann on July 14, 2013 at 8:22 am

    My heart goes out to you today.

  7. Mary Ann Mock on July 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Dear Glen and family, This is one of the hardest times you all will have to go through, I wanted you to know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Judy was a special lady and will be missed by many.

  8. Judy Heller on July 14, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Judy was a lovely, gracious, and generous woman. My best thoughts are with Glen and the family at this difficult time. Whether alone or together, I hope members of the family will remember all the wonderful days she gave us.

  9. Margaret Brede on July 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

    My thoughts and love go out to you. Judy will be remembered for her joy and laughter. we have lost a special person.

  10. Margaret Brede on July 14, 2013 at 9:07 am

    My thoughts and love go out to you. Judy will be remembered for her joy and laughter. we have lost a special person.

  11. Marsha & Thayne Botterweck on July 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

    We will surely miss Judy but will remember all the special times we got to visit with her. We know we have another wonderful angel looking over us.

  12. Jack Greenwood on July 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Glen: Faith joins me in extending our deepest sympathy to you and your extended family on just leaning of Judy’s passing. How well we both remember the two of you when living in Topeka for so many years. The Davis family will always be in our hearts for many years to come.

  13. Donna Griffin on July 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I absolutely adore Judy. So damn much fun! My heart is breaking. Glen love you, let us know if we can help with anything. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Griffins

  14. Ruthie Townsend on July 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    My heart aches with the loss of such a dear friend. We traveled down a long road together for so many years. I am so sorry I will not be in town on Friday to attend the service, but my heart will be there. I send my love and prayers for all of you.

  15. Clenece Hills on July 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Once in a while, there is a person who “tells it as it is.” Judy Davis was always that person. Kind, polite, but always honest, and sometimes zany and a little irreverant. Oh, how we will miss her acerbic wit and her hilarious view of the absurdities in life. Thank you, Judy, for all of the time we have spent with you and Glen. We will miss you, miss you, miss you.

  16. Marcene Grimes on July 15, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I am so sorry you have lost Judy, Glen. My thoughts are with you. -Marcene Grimes

  17. Rita Pacheco on July 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express but offer my prayers to you and your family.

  18. Diane leming on July 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Glen am so sorry for your loss of Judy! She always had laugh and smile. She was a honest lady and told you just like it was but sweet , she will be missed!

  19. joe seed on July 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Glen, so sorry to hear of your loss. Karen and I have so many fond memories of our long friendship.This morning we were sharing many “Glen and Judy” stories and had some chuckles. She was a dear friend!!!

  20. Larry Hesse on July 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Glen, may Judy’s soul rest in peace with her maker. I will say a special prayer today for her. Larry Hesse

  21. Stan & Jody Teeter on July 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Glen, Stan and I were so sorry to read of Judy’s passing. We have very fond memories of our time as your neighbors, and we were so happy to see both of you at Carolyn & Frank’s open house. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. John V.Clennan on July 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Glenn and Family,Eternal rest grant unto Judy,and may she rest in peace God Bless you all. jvc

  23. Lil and John Woolsey on July 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Greg and Glen and entire Davis Family. We are so saddled of the loss of your dear wonderful Judy. So lucky to have been in her presence on many happy occasions over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Sincerely. Lil and John Woolsey. Houston Tx

  24. Jackie Campbell Petersen on July 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    July 16, 2013

    Dear Glen and family,

    I want to express my sympathy on the loss of Judy. What a special lady; she was such a delight to be around. I know you all have wonderful memories of her. I met Judy when she was at Washburn, and our paths have crossed many times through the years. When your children were little, Jeff Campbell, my son knew one of your sons, when they were attending 1st Congregational Church in Topeka. In fact just recently, I saw you and Judy, but I can’t remember if it was in Topeka or Lawrence. Through the years we were involved in some of the same things. Seemed Judy was involved with a book club that I was in, and we would meet either in Topeka or Lawrence. I always enjoyed visiting with Judy.

    Words say very little at a time like this, but knowing people care, maybe helps. I hope so.


    Jackie Mills Campbell Petersen

  25. Senator Bob Dole on July 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Elizabeth and I wish to extend our condolences on the passting of Judy. She will be missed by her family and many friends. Her community service will also be greatly missed. Again, our deepest sympathy.

  26. dON & bETTY sEITZ on July 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm


    Judy will be missed by all. We will always cherish the memories and friendships we had with you and Judy in past years.

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Don & Betty Seitz

  27. G Barney and Mary Dean Byard on July 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Glen, Mary Dean and I have been recalling many great memories of times with you and Judy at Kansas Life Underwriters annual meetings. It was always a pleasure to be with you two.
    Our condolences and prayers to you and your family.
    Vaya Con Dios, Judy.
    Barney and Mary Dean

  28. Bill and Carolyn Simpson on July 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. We always think of her as such an enthusiastic, energetic lady, but she was involved in even more activities and organizations than we knew. She was certainly fully involved in life, and just an energetic and nice person to be around. We will miss her.

  29. Amy Beck on August 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Diane, I’ll always remember being welcomed into the fold at your house during high school, and your mom was so great about taking me under her wing. She made sure there was lots of love under her roof. She’s living on in lots of ways through your
    personality. Praying for and yours, my lady, during this indescribably
    tough season of life. Wish I could be there to reminisce with you.
    Lots of love,
    Amy Beck

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