AURAL C. DAVIS
Aural Cordell Shaw Davis (1919-2018) was born March 5, 1919 in Milo, Iowa the fifth of seven children to Arthur Shaw and Beulah Shaw. She spent her childhood in Milo and briefly in Denver, Colorado before the 1929 stock market crash left her family only with farm land near Olton, Texas.
Aural graduated Olton High School in 1937 but waited until 1940 when she, her sister and two younger brothers all began studies at Texas Tech. Aural was a premed major.
Aural was married to Lt. John Guy “Jay” Davis Jr on Aug. 22, 1942. Their first daughter Keitha was born in 1943, followed by Suzanne “Suzie” in 1946, and Janis in 1947. After WW II they settled in Dimmitt.
Following Jay’s untimely death in 1966, she continued to run his aerial spray and charter service for several years and managed their farm land in Dimmitt and in Olton until 2018.
She valued education, loved travel, reading, Jeopardy, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Tech, Broadway musicals, duplicate bridge and shopping. She will be remembered for her fashion sense, dressed to the nines, in bright colors, everything matching, and for her famous fudge.
She loved her family, adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and was Auntie Aural to a host of nieces and nephews.
Until six weeks prior to her death, her mind was sharp, and she continued to help direct her affairs. Her daughters were with her when she slipped away in the early morning of Nov. 27. She donated her body to her alma mater, Texas Tech’s Health Sciences Center.
She is survived by her daughters, Keitha Scott, MD (Bill Thiederman) of Los Angeles, California, Suzanne “Suzie” Phillips (Bobby) of Amarillo, Texas, and Janis Thibeault (George) of Decatur, IlinoisL; seven grandchildren, Keir Scott (Amanda White), Shea Gardner (Garrett), Julie Wakefield (Brian), Brad Phillips (Roxy), Emily Thibeault (Rodney Reininger), Erica Thibeault (George Thompson) and Erin St. Pierre (Chris Snyder); and 12 great-grandchildren: Chloe Scott, Mare Mossholder, Aiden McGinnis, Eva McGinnis, Lexi Gardner, Jocelyn Singleterry, Jacelyn Wakefield, Ceralyn Wakefield, Olivia Phillips, Christel Thibeault., Drew St. Pierre, and Colton Snyder.
A Memorial Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, March 16 at First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to:
Ceta Canyon Camp and Conference Center, 37201 FM1721, Happy, TX 79042,
American Cancer Society, 3915 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79109, https://www.cancer.org/
Canine Companions for Independence, 7710 Las Colinas Ridge, Irving, TX 75063, http://www.cci.org/
Or to a charity of your choosing.