Lydia P. Walker

June 27, 1945September 23, 2020

Lydia Ellen Patera Cherry Walker Davis

Lydia was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, big sister, aunt, cousin and friend, a humanitarian, business woman and a really great cook. She was an awesome entertainer and especially loved feeding family and friends at great big sit down dinners featuring her delicious dishes. An interior designer, Lydia founded and owned Bricole, a specialty store in Hubbard Woods, Illinois that largely featured African and Asian furniture and artifacts. She then became the owner of Casella Interiors following the death of her mother, Eleanor Rhoades Patera. Lydia’s home in the Ravinia section of Highland Park, Illinois reflected her style and highlighted vintage furnishings, primitive and one of a kind pieces, and eclectic collections including an enormous array of uniquely decorative eggs, all complemented by husband Scott’s fine cabinet work. Lydia's love of cooking also led her to oversee the Ravinia Farmers Market for approximately seven years. Lydia was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Smyth Patera and Eleanor Rhoades Patera. She is survived by her husband, R. Scott Davis, children, Catherine Cherry, Edward Davis and adopted son, Derrick Irvin, granddaughter, Sophia Cherry, sisters, Elizabeth Bensinger and Mary Patera, brothers, Edward (Ellen), Matthew (Robin) and Nicholas (Amy), step-grandchildren, Nicholas Bamert, Matthew Bamert and their dad Tony Bamert, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Due to Covid-19, there are no funeral plans. Following the pandemic, a celebration of Lydia’s life will be planned.


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Sue Giallombardo Walker

October 15, 2020

On behalf of New Trier Class of 1963, we are saddened to learn of the passing of our classmate Lydia Patera Davis. Our condolences to her family and all those who knew her. I always remembered her for her smile and cheerfulness. She will be missed.

Sue Giallombardo Walker
New Trier Class of 1963

Jill Meyer

October 11, 2020

Lydia was well-known for her good cheer and love for her family and friends, but her great taste and expertise in her design career should be celebrated. She had a wonderful design “eye” as shown in her two Winnetka stores, Casella and Bricole.

I have several pieces of furniture and accessories from Bricole that are treasured parts of my home. I’ll always remember Lydia when I look at them and appreciate her great taste.

Mary Jane and Tom Dee

September 26, 2020

To Scott, Catherine and Edward, please accept our deepest most heartfelt sympathies. We have always enjoyed visits with Lydia and will remember her as generous, involved, caring and friendly, as well as a very strong woman. We are so sad that she is gone. We are here for you if there is ever any need. May God bless her soul. With our prayers, Mary Jane and Tom


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