Mary Ellen Davis

April 29, 1921June 23, 2013

Mary Ellen O'Connor Davis, formerly of Edenton, Ohio, and Wailua, Kaua'i, Hawai'i, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013. She was born on March 28, 1923. In her lifetime, her greatest joy was the love she shared with her husband, Fred. She was proud of her seven children, Joseph, Alice, Anne, Daniel, Jeremy, Jennifer and Frederick II; her 12 grandchildren, John, Jaina, Nathan, Ellen, Kitty, Joel, Davis-Jack, Chrystal, Sarah, Haley, Cat and Joe; and her five great-grandchildren, Liam, Milo, Sylvia, Lucy and William. She also loved UCLA, from which she graduated in 1954. That year, she became the first woman editor-in-chief of the UCLA Daily Bruin. She was a founding member of the UCLA Foundation. Emy, as she was known, was grateful for the comfort and inspiration given her by deep Catholic faith. She had a passion for cats of all kinds, but especially Siamese. Kaua'i was a special place to Emy. She asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory be made to the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kaua'i. The phone number there is 808-332-7324, ext. 211, or the email address is She hopes her friends will remember her in their prayers for peace. Her ashes will be mingled with her husband's and buried in Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024. The time and date of the service will be announced later.  


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Christine Gallardo

April 13, 2014

Dear Fred & Crystal, I wanted to let you both know how sorry I am for your loss. Your mother and grandmother was an amazing woman, who reached out and touched so many in her lifetime. I will never forget our first meeting at the Miramar Hotel in Monticeito

Katherine (Kate) DeYoung

September 30, 2013

Dearest Davis Family,
I was so sad to have just learned of Mrs. Davis' passing...over the years I have thought of her and her granddaughter Crystal often as we were kindred spirits, and pen pals for some time in our youth. This friendship was brought together by the friendship shared by Mrs. Davis and my grandmother Mary Jane Ford. I looked forward to seeing them every few summers to listen to stories of their travels and adventures together! Mrs. Davis was so generous to send me a tremendous gift, envied by most girls my age at the time, a horse! And a champion of pure bloodlines too! For our small town in WI, that practically made you royalty among 4H, girls scouts and horse riding clubs for miles! My family and I will continue to pray for her eternal peace and joy in heaven, as she has provided me and so many others the gifts of peace and joy here on earth. Her kindness will never be forgotten, and I will continue to tell my children stories of her kindnesses to me and my family.
With love and sympathy,
Kate (Halaska) DeYoung, Granddaughter of Ralph and Mary Jane Ford, Daughter of Robert and Betsy (Ford) Halaska

Betsy (Ford) Halaska

September 30, 2013

Our prayers go out to Emy's family for their loss of such a vivacious and endearing mother/grandmother/great grandmother. Emy and Fred were so kind and thoughtful to my parents, Ralph & Mary Jane. They cherished the time spent with Emy & Fred both in Kauaii and on their boat. The support given to my father during his final illness has never been forgotten by our family. Emy also changed the life of my daughter, Kate, with her generous gift of "Rafona". Emy will always have a special place in our hearts and prayers.

Catherine (Rini) LaRuffa

June 27, 2013

For Emy's dearest family,
I am sad to hear of Emy's passing this week. She was a very good friend to my parents, Cesare & Joan, and also godmother to my late brother, Frederick. I am forever grateful to her for introducing our family to the beauty that was Camp Nor'Wester. I spent several memorable summers there. I'll never forget the time Emy sent a seaplane to pick me up after camp was over which was a lovely surprise. She had a knack for making you feel special. I will miss her warm smile.
Prayers to all the Davis family.