Dana D. Calhoon
September 22, 1937 – November 27, 2019
Dana Kay (Davis) Calhoon September 22 1937 – November 27, 2019
Dana, the eldest of three daughters of Milton Kay Davis, Jr. and Mamie (Davis) Davis, died Wednesday, November 27th at home, with her husband and daughters holding her hands. Dana was born in Glendale, California. After attending high school in Williamsville, New York, Dana attended Cornell University in Utica, New York and graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1959. While there, she met Midshipman Theodore Hoyle (Ted) Calhoon. The two married on September 10, 1960 and were blessed by the birth of Elizabeth-Lloyd Hoyle on July 31, 1961. A second daughter, Anne Matthews was born on January 21, 1963. After living in Virginia, Northern and Southern California, the young family happily made their permanent home on the Monterey Peninsula in 1969.
Dana is survived by her youngest sister, Priscilla Davis (Nicholas) Moon, her precious nieces and nephews and seventeen great nieces and nephews whom she called her Grandy Kids. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her middle sister, Pamela Davis Fox and her beloved son-in-law, Roger Sherman Findley III.
Dana loved her family and their many pets unreservedly, and that love was returned in kind. She would always say that her first and most important career was as a stay-at-home wife and mom but that was by no means her only job. She was also a personal assistant, manager of a sportswear manufacturing company, and then employee of the American Cancer Society. She was hired by the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System where for over fourteen years she developed and ran the many patient screening, care and support programs offered by the hospital. She was passionate about helping families cope with cancer.
An active volunteer in the community, Dana served on the board of the local Girl Scout Council, the Junior League of Monterey County and was Director of the Monterey County Arts Council.
In retirement, Dana, with her adored Ted by her side, traveled extensively, entertained frequently, and lived her best life every day. Even when her health constrained her adventurous spirit, her enthusiasm for life was undiminished. Whether her countless friends, her colleagues at work, her devoted care-givers, or even the people she met at the grocery store, Dana loved the people she knew and they loved her. She and her family extend galaxies of gratitude for the exceptional support and care she received at Community Hospital, Westland House, and from the VNA and Hospice Angels as well as the many friends, family and loved ones who cared for her with devotion.
A memorial service will be held after the New Year. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Youth Arts Collective (YAC), 472 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA, 93940 or Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, 615 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA, 93950.
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Dana D. Calhoon
December 4, 2019
Words will never express the gratitude, admiration, respect and love I have for my mentor, dear friend, champagne admirer and "work mother", our dear Dana. Dana is and always will be a one of a kind who my family had the honor of calling friend and fairy godmother to our son, Prince Andrew. Our hearts are crushed learning she has earned her wings, yet I rejoice with all the beautiful family she is reunited with. Ted - you and Dana were beautiful mentors to Jim and I for our marriage and as parents. Thank you for your endless grace, kindness and hospitality shown to our family and all of your wisdom and advice shown. One important lesson taught to us by you both was one she told me came from her beautiful mother - the definition of "class" was how welcome you made others feel in your presence. This is something I remember you both by and strive for each day. You two were the most fun, loving, "Joie de Vivre" souls we will have EVER met in our lifetime and you both will always inspire us to embrace each moment more. Dana did not know it and I had meant to tell her that last year, that I finally started using my wedding china each day in honor of her and to make each meal a celebration and blessing. We love you, love you, love you so very much and send our love, gratitude and prayers for strength to you Ted, Anne and Lloyd today and always. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Dana with us. Love, Marta, Jim, Heather/Dave, Alex/Ashley, Prince Andrew/Quinn & Phillip (the Fife Five + Family)
December 2, 2019
When I met Dana I immediately saw where my dear friend (Anne, her younger daughter) got her warmth & exuberance. Dana was able to talk to ANYONE, ANYTIME. This is a rare skill and I am happy to have experienced the benefit of it. I will cherish the memory of having met Dana Calhoon.
Eva & Roy Matsuyama
December 1, 2019
All of us are truly heartbroken and very sad about the passing of Dana. I cherish the memories of the cancer support group she ran at SVMH and even Roy remembers those good times despite his dementia.
Dana was full of life and spirit and kept me happy when I oftentimes felt depressed because I was worried about Roy.
Our household which is myself, Roy and Lee send our Love and condolences to Dana's family and friends.
Rest in Peace dearest Dana and God bless you!