Covell Funeral Home

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Edith Heller Davies

April 12, 1928July 15, 2020

Edith “Edy” Heller Davies, passed away July 15, 2020 at her home. Edy was born on April 12, 1928 in Lansing, MI. to Claude and M. Helen (Schmidt) Erickson. She attended Sexton High School in Lansing, and then went on to graduate from Michigan State University. Following graduation she married Homer (Nick) Heller. They lived in Philadelphia for several years while Nick completed his medical education. Edy was a medical technician during this time. Upon graduation they moved to Grand Rapids where Nick established his medical practice. Their sons Steve and Todd were born there. They adopted 2 of Nick’s nieces, Chris and Karen when they were in their teens. Edy was a level 3 professional ski instructor for many years, and directed the ski school at Cannonsburg in Grand Rapids for about 10 seasons. During this time, Edy and Nick bought one of the first ski condos at the new resort of Jackson Hole Wyoming. Nick died of a heart attack in 1982 at Jackson Hole. Edy then went to work for MC Sporting where she was a ski clothing buyer for 10 years. In 1993, she married John Davies who had lost his wife and was learning to ski. Edy spent limited time in Jackson Hole while she was working but after she and John both retired they spent the 3 month ski season there. Edy loved to ski, both water and snow, golf, biking and kayaking. In winter spare time she also did knitting and quilting. She participated with John in the United Stated Power Squadron and the Maritime Heritage Alliance on West Bay in Traverse City. They had vacationed at Johns cottage on Elk Lake for several years before replacing the cottage with their home and permanently moving in 2007. Edy was a very positive and upbeat individual, and an inspiration to all who knew her. She is survived by her husband John, sons Steve and Todd (Kathy) Heller; daughters, Karen (Mike) Hale and Chris (Pat) Kelley. Step children are Ray Davies (Susan Griffith), Anne (Dan) Heyns and Julie (Brock) Leach. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a sister Dawn Tyler. She was preceded in death by a brother Wayne Erickson, and sister Shirley Young. Memorial contributions appreciated to the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Rd. Ste D, Traverse City, MI. 49684

Cremation entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.

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Ginny Smith

July 28, 2020

To John and all of Edy's family. I am so sadden to hear of Edy's passing. I have so many fond memories of her. Edy was such a positive force of energy always finding ways to make life fulfilling and fun. I enjoyed snow and water skiing with her. One of many very fond memories is the calls I would get on a beautiful day at work, where she would say are you up for skiing on the river and of course I would say yes and there would be a group of us skiing and enjoying the best of times. Then there was the Jackson Hole race camps where we would challenge each other on the race course. Edy and John had such a wonderful relationship and I always looked up to their love and respect for each other. What a joy to be around them. John and family may your hearts be filled with all the warm memories of fun activities and family gatherings. I will so miss your warm smile Edy.

Carole Erickson

July 28, 2020

I met Aunt Edy in December, 1991, the day I married her nephew John Erickson in Philadelphia. The next time I saw her was at her own wedding in Michigan in 1993. My few interactions with her combined with the stories I've heard over the years plus these testimonials confirm that Aunt Edy was a beautiful woman inside and out. Spirited, active and welcoming, she was a bright spot and she will be missed.

Her Christmas letters read like travelogues and I was exhausted just reading about her and John's activities and travel schedule.

We would all do well to live life so fully.
Sending love and sympathy to John and Edy's entire family,
Carole Erickson

Ali Heller

July 27, 2020

My favorite vacations were always the ones where we would visit Grandma Edy and Grandpa John. As a child, i would sit on the bathroom counter in the mornings while grandma got ready doing her hair and make up. She was and will always be my inspiration for doing my own hair and make up just like she showed me all those years ago. We have so many amazing memories riding bikes with her, tubing on the boat at the cottage, and skiing in Wyoming. Edy was the most active, strong, and loving grandmother i could of ever asked for.

Kara Heller

July 27, 2020

Thank you for always loving us Grandma. Thank you for showing me how beautiful both Wyoming and Michigan are.
I hope each one of us lives our life’s with the love of adventure like you always did. I miss you always and love you so much.

Jodi Baron

July 23, 2020

Aunt Edy was such a lovely, lively, welcoming person. I was one of the many kids she taught to ski and I still love to ski! She will always have a special place in my heart. Here she is with my Mom, her sister Dawn, last Feb.


July 22, 2020

Among other memories of Edie is a comment she made about my skiing - I had asked her for any thoughts she had on my technique and she noted that I did not ski a mountain as much as physically overpower it - a nice way to tell me that I had no real technique whatsooever. Rest in peace my friend.

Jack and Donna Fahlen

July 20, 2020

Wonderful memories of kayaking, biking, and even some shared time at Jackson Hole. But we will always remember how graciously Edy dealt with no longer being able to do those things she loved. She found other things to do. An inspiration!

Donna and Jack

Arnie & Linda Taddia

July 19, 2020

We've known Edy and John for many years through the United States Power Squadron in Traverse City. We shared many dinners together at the Squadron meetings and have always enjoyed their company and were always amazed how active both were for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Linda and Arnie Taddia

Deb (Tyler) Guenther

July 19, 2020

Her laugh. Her laugh embodied fun, enjoyment and optimism and always made me feel welcome. We had a lot of fun going to her house as kids - playing a real pin ball machine, learning how to water ski on the Thornapple River, and when I was very young shopping at a fancy department store and picking out a plastic snake somehow - maybe because it was pink?! Always proud and inspired to have an aunt who was a strong woman in body and spirit. Heartfelt love to cousins, family and John. (Photo with her sister, my mom, Dawn).

Doug and Karen Davey

July 19, 2020

We truly enjoyed knowing Edy. She was such a kind and caring person! We were able to experience Jackson Hole because of her generous sharing of the condo and, even though she could no longer ski, she took delight in knowing we were having fun. She went sailing on Lake Michigan with us; getting on and off the boat was a bit troublesome for her, but she graciously accepted help to do so. She marveled at the boat, expressed her joy about being out on the open water, and happiness for us. We will remember her fondly. Our sincere condolences to John and families.


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