Elizabeth Claricy Davis
Elizabeth Claricy Davis, affectionately known as GG and Grandma, was born on November 20, 1931, in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Jesse and Bertha Smith.
From a young age, Elizabeth showed determination and perseverance in the face of adversity. Despite being the only deaf person in her family, she imparted the gift of communication through sign language to her loved ones. She refused to let her condition define her or hold her back. She embraced life wholeheartedly and made the most of every opportunity that came her way.
Throughout her life, Elizabeth was deeply connected to education. She attended the Missouri School for the Deaf, where she had the serendipitous pleasure of meeting her future husband. Their love story began at this renowned institution, creating a bond that would last a lifetime.
Elizabeth's career spanned a diverse range of roles and industries. She started with factory work before moving on to administrative positions. Notably, she worked at Colorado Bankers PFC as a clerical staff member. Each job she undertook showcased her dedication and commitment to excellence.
In addition to her formal education and career opportunities, Elizabeth also pursued further learning at Community College Denver. Her thirst for knowledge knew no bounds as she continuously sought growth and enrichment.
Elizabeth's spirit was vibrant and gentle in equal measure. Known for her loving and kind soul, she demonstrated firmness but always approached others with compassion. Her warmth extended to everyone fortunate enough to cross paths with her.
One of Elizabeth's most remarkable qualities was her talent in the kitchen. Family and friends were blessed with the privilege of tasting her delectable creations. Her cooking skills were legendary and left an indelible mark on the hearts (and taste buds) of those around her.
When not pursuing her professional endeavors or whipping up culinary delights, Elizabeth found joy in spending time with family and friends. She cherished these connections dearly and savored every moment shared with loved ones. Additionally, she was an active member of the Silent Athletic Club, also known as the Denver Metro Association of the Deaf.
Elizabeth had a zest for life and thoroughly enjoyed engaging in games of chance. Bingo, dominos, and various card games were among her favorite pastimes. Her enthusiastic spirit added an extra layer of excitement to these gatherings.
Beyond her personal accomplishments, Elizabeth's proudest achievement was raising her children and caring for her husband. The love and support Elizabeth provided served as a beacon of strength for all who knew her.
In times of both triumph and tribulation, Elizabeth found solace in the embrace of cherished friends. Louise Bodnar, Sally Johnston Marquita Antuna and Vera Carton became pillars of support and companionship throughout her life's journey. Their friendship provided immeasurable comfort and joy. Elizabeth led a remarkable life filled with resilience, love, and countless achievements. Her memory will forever be etched in our hearts.
Elizabeth is preceded in death by her loving husband, Willie Earl Sr, her cherished father and mother, Jesse and Bertha Smith, brothers Jesse, James, Finas and Lawrence Smith and sisters Lorene Nevien, Vivian White, Inez Lewis Lacy, Alice Roulette, Isabel Smith, Mary Francis Smith Bertha Katherine Smith, Olivette Davis and granddaughter, Sunshearay Gonzalez.
She is survived by her sister, Hattye Sexton of Belton, Missouri, her beloved children, Willie Jr, Lawson, Owen, Homer and Claricy. Her grandchildren Raylicia, Rafael, Kimya, Johari, Latisha, Saadon, Cherise, Carrie, Geoffrey, and Gabriel, a host of nephews, nieces, extended family and loving friends. Her passing leaves a void in their lives that can never be filled but also serves as a reminder of the immense love she bestowed upon them.