Ellen “Pauline” Davis, 86, of Fairfax, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Poet’s Walk in Warrenton.
She was born in Hemphill, West Virginia, to the late, Norman and Cora Presley. She considered Southwest Virginia (Oakwood) home, where she was raised by her loving parents, even though she raised her family and lived in Fairfax for more than 50 years. After her travels in the US and abroad she often said there is no place more beautiful than Virginia.
Pauline was the matriarch of her family, truly remarkable woman. She leaves a legacy of selfless eternal love, strength and character in the hearts of her family and friends.
Although Pauline was very successful in her career she always put her family first. She began her 28 year banking career at Guaranty Bank & Trust in Fairfax and retired as Senior Vice President of Riggs National Bank. She was educated in Southwest Virginia and attended the American Institute of Banking and other coursework. She attended and was Treasurer of Fairfax United Methodist Church. Upon retirement she attended Page United Methodist Church in Luray, where she developed many lifelong friendships.
In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 36 years, Gilbert W. Davis; her loving daughter, Phyllis Ann Neff; her brother, Masel; her sisters, Dorothy, Louise, Maxine and Susie, and a son-in-law, Terry Harris.
She is survived by six children, Colleen Vermillion, Bobbie Paulette Harris, Mamie Gilbert-Hokamp and her husband Fred, Charlotte Phelps and her husband Larry, Renee Davis and Terrell Davis and his wife, Claudia; a son-in-law, Dave Neff; a daughter-in-law Nancy Heastings; her siblings, Charline McClary and Henry Presley; her grandchildren, Michelle, Frank, Jeremy, Joshua, Todd, Troy, Megan, Jodie, Bridget, Emily, Ashleigh, Alyssa, Jacob Angela and Terrell Jr.; 30 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, followed by a celebration of her life with refreshments and fellowship at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com