Helen Gordon Davis

December 25, 1926May 18, 2015

Davis, Helen Gordon age 88, of Tampa, died May 18, 2015 at her residence. Born in Brooklyn, NY. She was a member of the Athena Society, the League of Women Voters, Schaarai Zedek and was a major supporter of the ACLU of Florida as well as the Centre for Women which she founded and is now named after her. She was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1974 where she served until 1988 when she was elected to the Senate for one term. She was preceded in death by her husband Gene Davis. A service will be held at 2:30 pm on Thursday, May 21 at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL. Survivors include her children Stephanie, Karen ( Fred Stuart) and Gordon Davis (Lorena Lacayo),her sister Jeanne Desberg and grandchildren Jacquelyn Doree Davis, Gene Barrett Davis, Laura Rodriguez, Ivannia Rodriguez, Giannina Alvarez (Stefan Alvarez). In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women will be appreciated. The Centre is at 305 S. Hyde Park, Tampa, FL 33606. She changed everything.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 21, 2015

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May 27, 2015

I was sorry to read about the loss of your loved one Helen. I can see in her life time she made many changes for the better for those who had been treated in justly. I would like to comfort all who knew her in knowing there will come a time wheen they can see her again. Please read Isiah 26:19

Derius Family

May 26, 2015

Ms. Helen will be remembered for her passion for people, family, and life. My condolences to her family and friends. Isaiah 40:1

Christine Diaz

May 24, 2015

Helen Gordon Davis was an advocate. She was a Change Agent. She was a consultant.
She was an Adviser. She was a Facilitator of indigenous support systems. She had a vision and fulfilled it. I will pray for all family members, especially her son Gordon Davis.
Christine Diaz

Susan Bond

May 23, 2015

Helen was a good friend of my mother's and a fixture in the family's life. In the 60s my mother (Pat Bond), Helen, and a formidable group of League of Women Voters' colleagues were a kind of girl gang, the Liberal Housewives of Tampa, Florida for their era but with serious causes to their credit like integration and women's rights, instead of parities and vacations. Not that they didn't throw some good parties for the cause! Helen was an unusual combination of glamorous and sensitive, a little bit intimidating to a my young Quaker self, but always around in one way or another. I remember at fourteen going on a voter registration drive in South Tampa with Helen and her daughter Stephaniejust as glamorous as her motherbut there we all were trudging door-to-door registering voters on a Saturday morning. It is hard to imagine that she is not around anymore. I admired her tenacity and elegance, and continue to admire all that she accomplished in her life. My thoughts go out to her family: may they be comforted in the coming days by the love of family and friends and pride in having nurtured such a soul in their midst. May the Lord bless her and keep her and make his face to shine upon her and grant her peace (Num 6:2426).

Roberto Medina

May 22, 2015

Lorena and Gordon: my sincere condolences for this most remarkable woman. Un abrazo.

james nichols

May 21, 2015

Sally and i will miss Helen, we are very sad for all of you. Helen was very kind to us.

Matt Mellon

May 21, 2015

Gordon, I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family. Your mother was a remarkable person and always fun to be around. What a great MOM! I know my Grandmother, Catherine Mellon admired all that Helen did with women's league of voters.May peace and comfort find you and your family during this difficult time.

Jo Easton

May 21, 2015

As a Florida Senator Helen Gordon Davis was a champion for all. She dedicated her life and work to helping everyone. What a shining example she is to all those that followed in her foot steps. She will be sorely missed. May you RIP. Jo Easton, Tampa, Florida

Kay Sullivan

May 21, 2015

My father, the late Gardner W. Beckett, Jr., was a civil lawyer and the head of the Legal Panel of the Pinellas County Chapter of the ACLU until his death in 1993. He spoke with affection and admiration of Helen, both of whom were unwavering champions of civil liberties. So happy to have had the good fortunate to have had lunch with Helen and women's history writer and professor, Doris Weatherford, several years ago to learn further of the works Helen and Gardner shared. RIP. My sympathy to the family.

Sandy Mullins

May 20, 2015

R.I.P. Helen Gordon Davis you did real good! Thank you for your service to the people of Florida and women everywhere. It was hard to find support for ratification of the E.R.A. back in 1977 when I first came to Florida but there you were, along with Pat Frank, Betty Castor and Nancy Ford. It was your support and the work that we did that inspired the work that I ended up doing in California. The fight goes on and your work will be continued. We will elect a woman President of the United States and America WILL ratify the E.R.A.