Gracie Erelene Davis

June 27, 1932March 3, 2019

Gracie Davis, known to friends and family as “Erelene,” passed away on March 3, 2019, at the age of 86.

Born in Boswell, Arkansas, Erelene was the second oldest of seven kids, all of whom were born and raised in the family home. A painfully shy young woman, at age 17, she left rural farm life for Batesville College, where she met the love of her life, Donald Kirk Davis. They married and began life as an Air Force couple, and were stationed throughout the U.S. and abroad in such locales as Wyoming, Newfoundland, and Mississippi.

They put down roots in Citrus Heights, where they raised their five children and managed the family TV repair shop. Though a California transplant, Erelene never lost her southern gumption, and was even known to have once chased down a would-be shoplifter. Equally loving as she was feisty, she was considered the heart of the Davis clan. She loved hosting large gatherings for extended family, and anyone else who had no place of their own to enjoy the holidays.

An ace bowler (with a wall of trophies to show for it), a ferocious bingo champ, and avid devotee to her cherished Sacramento Kings, Erelene was also known to have a great sense of humor, and got a kick out of sharing Reader’s Digest anecdotes.

Erelene is survived by her five children, Sam (Sue), Sue (Ron), Scott (Rose), Dan, and Robbie (Mike), and a multitude of beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don.


  • Graveside Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 15, 2019

Gracie Erelene Davis

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Armilda Tyree

March 9, 2019

We were blessed to have such a loving sister as Erelene in our lives.
We will miss her so very much.
Keeping you in my prayers.

Sonya Flores

March 9, 2019

Her memorial is Friday March 15th at 10:30am at Roseville Baptist Church, 1301 Coloma Way, Roseville CA 95661

Sonya Flores

March 9, 2019

It is truly an honor to be your first grandchild, I love you, and will miss our hugs on Sundays at church. God blessed me with a gem for a grandmother and I am so thankful for the years our family had with you. Xoxo!!!

Anita Williaims

March 8, 2019

Erelene is my first cousin. We grew up in Arkansas. We correspond via mail and email. I am going to miss her. Sending prayers to her family, and lots of love. R.I.P. sweet cousin! I will meet you in Heaven some day!