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White Funeral and Cremation Service

3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC

OBITUARY

Katherine Rose Davis

Passed away on August 4, 2019
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Katherine Rose Gonya “Kaye” Davis of Shallotte passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

Kaye was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, daughter of Thomas Gonya and the late Rachel Caron Gonya. She was the epitome of a community servant. She volunteered for years at Southington Community Services before she made helping others part of her career as Executive Director of United Way in Southington, Connecticut. Volunteering always came natural to Kaye, so she was a driving force behind many of Southington’s community programs, such as the annual “Unique Boutique”. She especially enjoyed organizing and distributing Christmas gifts to the needy during the holidays. Her selflessness continued when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina, where she volunteered at Brunswick Family Assistance. Additionally, they both became involved in the Turtle Patrol on Holden Beach. She enjoyed living at the beach, walking in the neighborhood with her new friends of the Rivers Edge Golf Club and Plantation, and many long walks along Sunset Beach. Friends and family were of the utmost importance to Kaye.

She was infallible in her support for her family in their adventures. She worked for days preparing meals and other necessities for her husband Ken’s sailing journeys. Whenever he needed anything, Kaye was always there to see him through. Similarly, she donated her time as Troop Treasurer for her son Bryan’s Boy Scout Troop, and even though she did not particularly enjoy camping, she would go on trips with him because she knew that was what he wanted to do. Her motto was always “Do the right thing no matter what.” Kaye’s infectious laugh could fill a room. She was a vibrant soul who fought cancer three times. The first two times she merely considered it a “blip on the radar”. During those fights, she always kept a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She was the most loving Wife and Mother around and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Kaye is survived by her devoted husband of 32 years, Kenneth Davis of Shallotte; adored son, Bryan Davis of New Hampshire; and two loving sisters, Johanna Handy of Sanford, Maine and Lisa Gonya of Fruit Cove, Florida.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 9, 2019 at eleven o’clock in the morning followed by a reception at White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, North Carolina. There will be an additional service to follow in Connecticut at a time that will be announced.

The family will also receive friends Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from six o’clock in the evening until eight o’clock in the evening at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Street, Southington, Connecticut. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at ten o’clock in the morning at St. Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Rd, Southington, CT 06489.

In lieu of flowers, Kaye asked that memorials be made to Brunswick Family Assistance, 4600-7 Main St., Shallotte, NC 28470 or Friends of Community Services-Southington, 91 Norton Street, Plantsville, CT 06479.

You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com

White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte Chapel

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Reception following service Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Maria Paslick

August 17, 2019

Being relatively new to Rivers Edge, my husband and I did not have the opportunity to get to know and spend as much time with Kaye as we would have liked. But we did have the good fortune to cross paths with her at Pickle Ball, the beach (enough to know that her love of turtles overcame her displeasure at having to rise early in the morning for the watches), and canasta. Her cheery tone of voice and helpful hints for traveling to Connecticut where my kids and grandkids recently relocated, are just a window into a long life of giving and serve as a tidbit of the lasting memory of the good that she represented and presented to the larger community. Peace be with her and her family, especially Ken and Bryan.

Becky Thompson

August 8, 2019

Becky Thompson

August 8, 2019

Becky Thompson

August 8, 2019

Becky Thompson

August 8, 2019

Chris Meredith

August 7, 2019

Oh my heavens, these pictures are the BEST! Kaye will always hold a special place in my heart. Many thanks to Bryan, Ken, and the family for sharing so many photographs with us. An amazing woman who shined even brighter with those she loved, thoughts of Kaye will forever make me smile. Many blessings to all those who held her dear, the void cannot be filled but memories can help us heal.

Joan Meltzer

August 7, 2019

I was so very sorry to read of Kaye’s passing. Being a neighbor of her parents, I would often see her when she came to Keene for family visits. I could always hear her warm infectious laugh and see her incredible smile. Such a wonderful person that will never be forgotten. I remember when she made my late husband a winter hat and how much he loved it. Rest In Peace Kaye.
Fondly,
Joan Meltzer

Brenda Lang

August 6, 2019

I met Kaye when we pledged Iota Delta Chi together @ PSC, way back when. Since the day we met, I have considered her a dear friend/sister. I have lots of fond memories, the most recent of her & Patty's trip to CA to see my big sister Chris in Sacramento. We laughed, we cried, we had a great time sight seeing the area & I will hold those memories of Kaye's infectious laugh & positive attitude about life close to my heart. She will be sorely missed!

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