OBITUARY

Kathi Lynn (Merish) Davis

March 5, 1954April 1, 2021
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Kathi Lynn (Merish) Davis, age 67, of Riverview, Florida passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 surrounded by her husband of 46 years, Ron, and her children, after a courageous fight with COPD.

Kathi was born March 5, 1954 in Paterson, New Jersey to Arthur and Georgiana Merish. Raised in Apollo Beach, Florida from the age of four, she graduated from East Bay High School in 1972, but not before meeting the love of her life Ronnie while on a senior year school conference trip to Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel. They married in 1974, which was also the year Kathi met Eugene McRoberts while working at First Ruskin Bank. She joined his young wholesale seafood company, McRoberts Sales Co., Inc. and learned the business from the ground up, eventually helping Eugene innovate new supply strategies for the then burgeoning industry of marine mammal theme parks, zoos and aquariums. By the early 1990s, Kathi had become Secretary/Treasurer and had turned McRoberts into a prominent name in a now global industry, with multiple distribution locations nationwide and the industry's first ever fish catalog featuring design by her cousin Nancy. When Eugene passed in 2008, Kathi purchased the thriving company and turned it into a true family business, and with her family's help continued to grow it into a worldwide leading distributor of frozen fish, shrimp, and shellfish to marine attractions around the world up until her death. Her passion for her work was equaled only by her love for her family.

Kathi is survived by her devoted husband Ron, her loving mother Georgiana Merish, her adoring children Michelle (Ryan) Garis, Brett (Andrea Miranda) Davis, Kyle (Sherri Longway) Davis, her beloved grandchildren Colton, Chase, Guinevere, and Marley, her sister Karen (Dennis) Pinckard, her sister-in-law Sherri (Steve) Brumbelow, her nephews John, Blake, and Tommy, her nieces Britni, Melanie and Courtney, and her loyal McRoberts Sales Team.

The viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7th from 6 to 8 pm at Hillsboro Memorial, 2323 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511. Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 8th, 11am, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd E, Sun City Center, FL 33573. This will be followed by a 12:30pm grave side committal service and luncheon at Hillsboro Memorial, 2323 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd E, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

  • FAMILY

  • Kathi is survived by her devoted husband Ron, her loving mother Georgiana Merish, her adoring children Michelle (Ryan) Garis, Brett (Andrea Miranda) Davis, Kyle (Sherri Longway) Davis, her beloved grandchildren Colton, Chase, Guinevere, and Marley, her sister Karen (Dennis) Pinckard, her sister-in-law Sherri (Steve) Brumbelow, her nephews John, Blake, and Tommy, her nieces Britni, Melanie and Courtney, and her loyal McRoberts Sales Team.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Shelley Wood

April 15, 2021

Mike and I are so very saddened to hear about Kathi. You are all in our hearts and minds. I saw Kathi nearly every year at the IMATA conferences and I was always so happy to see her and give a big hug. Kathi always received you with a warm smile. Im grateful to know her for the time I did and will cherish the memories of knowing one of Life's very good people. She will be very much missed.

Mike and Shelley Wood

Lorraine Peacock. Williams

April 7, 2021

I have good memories of Kathy's childhood, having met her and her sister Karen. Kathy and my sister were like 2peas in a pod . Karen and I were friends and our families cared for each other. I will always remember Kathy's kindness towards others and her loving her family. She had a caring heart a radient smile and a contagious laugh. She will always have a special place in my heart. May God bless and give courage , strength, and peace to the family in the days and weeks ahead. She will be missed .

Wanda Peacock

April 6, 2021

My deepest heartfelt condolences to Ron and All of the Family. I'm holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers. As you know, Kathi and I shared a rare childhood friendship, she was only 4 years old and I was 3, when we became friends in Apollo Beach.
It's a special gift, that is fair in all things. It roots from one's heart and involves memories that stay not for a while but a lifetime. I will always remember her bright smile and warm heart, she was one of a kind.
Fly High Beautiful Angel, Until We Meet Again

Pat Woolweaver

April 6, 2021

My heart is broken. She was such a sweet, sweet person and friend. She will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences and prayers for your whole family. Kathi and Ronnie bought me into there home to be there sitter for Kyle and Brett when they were around 2 1/2 years old. I soon became family. I love you all so much.

Mark Asten

April 5, 2021

My Condolences to you Ronnie and your family. Although I didn’t know Kathi well I feel like I know her through our years of friendship. You two had a wonderful and full life together and the family photos sure do show that. So many fun and loving memories to keep you close and bring you joy for the rest of your life. Take care my friend my thoughts are with you and your family.

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