OBITUARY

Barbara Ann Davis

August 21, 1952April 16, 2019
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Barbara Ann Davis, age 66, passed away at her home in Havasu Lake, California on April 16, 2019. She is survived by her loving husband, Gary Davis of Havasu Lake, California; daughter and son in law, Michelle and Brian Brody; sons Michael Rocha and Frank Davis; Granddaughters Carley and Caitlyn Brody and Riley Davis of Riverside, California; sister and brother in law Donna and Jim Rollins of Albany, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Doris and Bruce Todd and brother, Jimmy Todd. She had many close friends from Georgia to California who morn her loss.

It brings me great sadness to say that April 16, I lost my ROCK, my best friend. She lost her battle to Metastasized Colon Cancer but never quit fighting the fight. Our lives are forever changed. We love her endlessly and will miss her incredibly. Fly high my sweet angel. Rest in Paradise where there is no pain and no Cancer. –Michelle--

Nothing good happens after midnight. At about 3:30am on Tuesday April 16th, my life mate, wife, mother, grandmother, high school sweetheart, confidant, business partner... my whole f...ing world... took her last labored breath. Almost 19,000 days as my constant companion, she was gone... I do not know how I will get along without her.

All the words in Mr. Webster’s dictionary put in any sequence, in any sentence will not ease the pain or fill the void in my heart...life is not the same and will not return to what it was with her in it, but it will go on.

I was a lucky man to have my special person so early in my life, the one I chose to be wife until death do us part. –Gary—

Celebration of Life - We are honoring the memory of Barbara Davis on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 3:00pm until the drinks run out, at her favorite place to be.. BARBS DECK. 166 G Street, Havasu Lake. We will be grateful for your attendance and share your memories of Barb. Donation to City of Hope in her honor in lieu of flowers.

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Biography

Barbara was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Bruce and Doris Todd on August 21, 1952. She had an older sister and brother, Donna and Jimmy. When she was a child, her parents moved the family to Whittier, California. That is where, in high school, she met Gary Davis, the boy who would become the man she loved and married September 4, 1971. From that point on it is not possible to write the biography of Barb without including Gary in most every sentence. Their love was so strong for each other they did everything together, from work to play.
Barb and Gary had a little girl in February 1978. They named her Michelle. A year or so later they moved from their home in Whittier, California to a new home in Ontario, California.

Barb was a very loving and caring person. She often had her nieces spend weekends and weeks with her, Gary and Michelle. When one niece became pregnant and had twin boys, Frank and Michael, Barb and Gary again opened their home to this niece and the baby boys. Sadly, the niece was not responsible and ended up abandoning the babies with her grandparents. Barb then brought the boys to their home as often as the great grandfather would allow. As the boys grew, the great grandfather finally realized they were too much for him at his age, so Barb and Gary took over and became legal guardians of Frank and Michael. To those boys, Barb was Mama and Gary was Dad.

Barb was like the energizer bunny! She just kept going and going. Her home was always immaculate and tastefully decorated. She could get more accomplished in an hour than most people can accomplish in three hours. She seemed to do things without effort.

Barb was not only energetic, she was smart, wise, kind and thoughtful. When she saw you needed something, you didn’t need to ask. She would be there for you. If you needed something that she could not do, she would volunteer Gary and it got done. You were very lucky to have her as a friend.
Barb loved the water. She loved to soak in the tub every night. She loved the lake and the desert. She could ski on a knee board as well as skis. She could launch and drive the boat, ride the sea doo and even fish from it. She liked to fish and was a good fisherman. She enjoyed taking rides out in the desert and hanging out with friends that went out.

Although Barb wasn’t into sports, she enjoyed playing and watching golf and NASCAR. Her favorite driver was Tony Stewart. She and Gary did a NASCAR ride-along, or something like that, one time. I’m sure she would have enjoyed it more if she had been riding with Tony!!

She enjoyed vacationing with family and friends at Lake Havasu, Lake Powel, Shasta and even Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Mexico. Barb and Gary enjoyed trips to San Antonio, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee to meet and spend time with her BFF as well as visits in Georgia.

In 1989, Barb and Gary bought a vacation home at Havasu Lake, California where they spent many weekends and vacations. Barb was badly burned one summer when the boat caught on fire. As the very young twins put it “The boat blew up”. She spent months in the hospital burn unit and had to have skin grafts on her arms. She retained her sense of humor and said that since they took the skin from her ass to graft on her arms now, she could just present her arm and say kiss my ass if someone pissed her off!

After Michelle graduated from high school, they moved to Riverside, California. After Frank and Michael graduated from high school, they sold the house in Riverside and bought a condo. Although her daughter and family lived in Riverside, Barb wanted to live at the lake. After a few years living in the condo, they rented the condo and moved to Havasu Lake.

At the lake, Barb and Gary were leading members of the community and the Havasu Lake Yacht Club. Barb managed the annual Easter egg hunt for the kids in the community and the annual HLYC Block Party which was a big event with a theme and decorations. She had the help and support of Gary and other members to set up, decorate, prepare food and serve. She also helped with other events. She was the editor and publisher of the club’s monthly newsletter, “Hanging in Havasu”. Barb knew almost everyone at the landing. She would go on walks and always stopped to talk and welcome new people and those returning. She would go for a walk and be gone for an hour or more but only get a short distance because she was stopping to chat with anyone who was out and about. She loved to go for walks, even after seeing rattlesnakes on her walks!

Barb had started working a Hinshaw’s Department Store while in high school. Her hard work, personality, creative talent and eye for design and merchandising earned her the position of Manager and Buyer of the Cosmetics and Gifts departments. She worked there until 1992.

She and Gary started a travel agency with another couple. Gary had previously worked with the husband in sales. Barb worked in the travel system taking care of invoicing and the books for the agency. Years later, Gary started selling real estate at Havasu Lake with Barb as his right hand. They both continue working in the travel agency as well.

Barb loved her family. She would visit her mother in Palm Springs every week and take her to the doctor, grocery shopping and take care of her finances. Michelle’s daughters, Carley and Caitlyn, would spend a week or more at Havasu with her. Barb and the girls would paint rocks, go to the little beach, bake cookies and go on golf cart rides while grandpa was working. Michelle and family came to Havasu every weekend they could, and Barb and Gary would go stay in Riverside with them a few days every other week or so. Frank and family and Michael visited with them when possible. But always at Thanksgiving, Barb would have every one of them plus friends and other family, which could be around 25 to 30 people, at her house for Thanksgiving dinner. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, everyone went out into the desert and Michelle’s husband, Brian, fried up all kinds of foods people brought. Barb liked the fried Oreos best - she did have a sweet tooth! She enjoyed shooting guns, hitting golf balls and just visiting with the friends and neighbors. Barb enjoyed these outings very much. On Saturday, she participated in the poker run whether she was riding in the Rhino with Gary or helping granddaughter Caitlyn with a poker hand stop.

In 2009, long before Barb was diagnosed with cancer, she began supporting City of Hope by walking each year. She had felt the terrible loss of friends and her brother to cancer. In 2018 a team of 43 people walked to support her. Her awesome daughter organized everyone and one of Michelle’s friends printed shirts for the team. Barb did the whole walk, only riding in the wheelchair a little part of the way. The support for her from Gary, her children, grandchildren and friends is a statement in itself to the kind of person she was.

In September 2016 Barb was diagnosed with colon cancer. She underwent surgery and was told they got it all and chemo at that point was optional. Later test showed a spot on her liver and finally after several rounds of chemo she was to have a liver resection. After two months of no treatment and getting the surgery set up, they found tumors in her abdomen, so the liver resection was not done. Finally, she ended up at City of Hope and had about three or four rounds of chemo, they found it was not getting to the tumors in her abdomen. She then went into a clinical trial which was devastating to her body but did nothing to the tumors.

Barb was a fighter. She had tremendous courage and strength and fought hard and long.

In the early morning of April 16, 2019 Barb passed away. May she rest in peace and without pain. She was a blessing to all that knew her and the truest wife, mother, grandmother and friend one could ever have.