Hermie Laverne Childs Davis
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Hermie C. Davis - age 103 - of Albuquerque NM, who went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Hermie was born January 8, 1920, in Burnsville, MS - the daughter of Edgar Turner Childs and Mary Hattie Wilson. She was 9 when the family, with brother, Ben Leland and sister, Frances Willard, moved to Roswell, NM. She married Perry Bean in 1940 and they had three children, Mary Patricia, and twins Robert Perry and Richard Terry. They settled in Santa Rosa, NM in 1943.
Never one to shirk responsibility, she was always a whiz in the kitchen, creating tasty delights, from enchiladas to orange chiffon cake. She tackled family laundry in the wringer washer/clothesline, made the treadle on the old Singer move like lightning, could crochet like crazy, and scoured our home til it sparkled.
In her spare time, she shuffled us to swim lessons, piano lessons, and sports activities, took us fishing and camping, served as a Cub Scout den Mother, and endeavored to instill good manners and integrity in her offspring.
Additionally, she was employed at Clovis Air Base, Santa Rosa Hospital, State of NM, and Equitable Insurance Company, as well as keeping books for our service station in Santa Rosa. Never one to sit idle, she also proudly volunteered her time (from age 88 to 92) at a local hospital in Texas before moving back to Albuquerque.
Hermie married Robert L. Davis in December 1966, and they spent 28 wonderful years together until his passing in 1994. It was Bob who first bestowed her with the nickname Sugarfoots, and she was affectionately known as such by family and friends for the rest of her life.
Hermie enjoyed a variety of social activities including playing bridge and Rummikub weekly, and belonged to Eastern Star and several choirs over the years. A warm and gracious hostess, she enjoyed making new friends, and would always be sure to have small bowl of Hershey chocolates, or similar sweets, to share with all who visited.
She relished sharing time with her family, and we have great memories of Mother, Uncle Ben and Aunt Frances laughing uproariously when they all got together. The three of them also shared a special bond with their 'double first cousins' Bill, Leona, Marguerite and John, as well as their families, being that their mothers were sisters that married two brothers.
She also loved to shop and to decorate, and had lots of opportunities to do the latter with moves to Santa Fe, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Conroe, Midlothian, Roswell and Albuquerque (some more than once). Fun travels included trips to Hawaii, cruises through the Panama Canal and to the Virgin Isles and Alaska, as well as river cruises on the Danube and Rhine, and a car trip through Spain & Portugal.
Admired by many for her beauty, grace & style, those her knew her well would likely agree that two of her greatest assets were her exceptional mind and unwavering determination. She led an active, fruitful and gratifying life for 103 years, and we are eternally grateful to her for a lifetime of nurturing, generosity, and unconditional love.
Hermie was predeceased by her husband, Bob; son, Terry; siblings, Ben and Frances; and grandson, Chad Brooks. She is survived by her children, Patricia and Ben Mason of Taos, NM, and Perry and Susan Bean of Midlothian, TX; grandchildren, Laura and Trevor Timmons, Charla and Tracy Kelly, Brandon and Amy Bean, Brad and Megan Bean, Heather Brooks, and twelve, much loved great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
At mother's request, there will be a Celebration of Life held later this year, with date yet to be determined, and her ashes will be interred next to her beloved husband, Bob at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.