Bessie Mae Frances Davis

January 7, 1932July 10, 2018

Bessie Mae Frances Bird Davis, 86, passed away on July 10, 2018 in Copperas Cove, Texas.

She was a long-time resident of Austin, Texas. She was born January 7, 1932 in Marble Falls, Texas. She was the daughter of L. R. Bird and Dora May Bird. She was a loving Grandmother, Mother, Sister and caregiver. Bessie was an avid reader, accomplished domino player and enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her son, Phillip Davis (Jani) of Midland, Texas; daughters, Frances McElroy (Ted) of Austin, Texas and Becky Brent (Robert) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Merissa Davis-Sandate (Jesse) of Tacoma, Washington, Howard McElroy of Houston, Texas, Isabel Wilkes (Jason) and their children Jack and Bella of Austin, Texas; and great-grandson, Caleb McElroy of Coldspring, Texas.

She is also survived by her brother, Doyal Bird of Kempner, Texas and sisters, Joyce Mueller of Cedar Park, Texas, Barbara Hunziker (Dorman) of Burnet, Texas, Nadine (Melvin) Corley of Springtown, Texas and Ivy Watson of Bertram, Texas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents Lee Roy and Dora Bird, her husband Otho Kenneth Davis, brothers Randall, Howard, Walter and Acey Bird and grandsons Neil McElroy and Joshua Brent.

Pallbearers will be Robert Brent, Merissa Davis-Sandate, Brandon Bird and other family members.

The family wants to thank the caregivers at Hill Country Nursing Center. They showed love and kindness for Mother and she had a special connection with her caregivers. She never doubted that she was receiving the best care possible. A special thank you to Patty Gallagher, Mother’s hospice nurse with Heart of Texas Hospice. She provided wisdom in guiding us through the last few months and did many things for Mother that went way beyond nursing. Patty’s kindness will always be remembered.

Finally, thank you to Doyal Bird, Linda Barnhart and Chris Barnhart for taking Mother into their home and then regularly visiting her in the hospital and nursing center. You showed an amazing amount of love for her.

Graveside services will be on Saturday July 14, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Bagdad Cemetery in Leander, Texas under the care of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. Her nephew, Harry Wayne Watson will officiate the service.

Flowers can be sent to Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas. The family encourages memorial gifts in lieu of flowers to: Heart of Texas Hospice, 4201 W. Stan Schuleter Loop, Suite B, Killeen, Texas 76542.

Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Merissa Davis-Sandate

July 15, 2018

I have so many memories of you when I was growing up from making matching outfits for Izzy and I or for our barbie dolls. To you coming to my graduations and my wedding, to me getting to surprise you 4 years ago when I drove up from college station. I miss you dearly and wish I could hug you one last time. But I take comfort in knowing that I will see you, neil and josh one day again. You were always a caregiver, now you can be a caregiver in heaven and watch over your family down here on earth til we meet again. Love you Grandma