Jill Farr Davis
Davis, Jill Farr April 20, 1934 April 5, 2020 Jill Farr Davis passed away April 5, 2020 from natural causes. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Bridge Davis and her sister Priscil la "Lane" Farr (Brown). Jill is survived by her five children, Robert (Robbie), Wendy (Pete), Tracy (Peter), Laurie (Dean), and Rowland (Amy); ten grandchildren, Peter, Jill, Megann, Trisha, Peter, Cassie, Alistair, Allison, Rachel and Emma; one great-grandchild, Sophia; brother, John Wilder Farr IV; and sister, Lois Farr (Ackerman). Jill was born in Pittsfield, MA on April 20, 1934 to Alma (Wells) and John Wilder Farr III. She graduated from Bates College in 1956 with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Physics. She was active in the college band, Physics Club and Bates Outing Club. Jill completed her senior thesis on a revolutionary new technology: transistors, precursor to the chips we now take for granted in the digital age. One of Jill's fondest college memories was the annual Winter Carnival, which she co-chaired her junior year and was elected to the royal court and named Carnival Queen her senior year. Jill was a devoted wife and mother, but her love of the outdoors and need for intellectual stimulus caused her to explore pursuits beyond traditional home-making. She always had her nose in either Scientific American magazine or a sci-fi novel, and when her children were old enough to be somewhat independent she joined the local Ski Patrol, one of the only women on the team. In 1976 Jill graduated from St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN with a Nursing Degree and worked many years as an emergency room RN, followed by a successful career as an orthopedic RN for the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. Despite the demands of raising five children and working part-time, Jill found time to garden, and wherever she lived cultivated beautiful flower gardens, many of which she designed to fit into the natural landscape. During retirement she was an active volunteer at the Minnesota Arboretum. Another one of Jill's talents was her singing voice and she sang in church choirs all her life, as well as entertained friends with her self-taught guitar skills and love of folk songs. Later in life, when her singing voice lost its former vibrancy and she couldn't quite reach those high notes, Jill joined the bell choir at Wayzata Community Church, where she played for many years. One of Jill's great qualities was her empathy and sense of responsibility to those around her. She was a devoted grandmother who genuinely enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and attending their concerts, sporting events and graduations. Jill was the friend who would reach out to you in troubled times with a kind word or well-timed, hand-written note. She volunteered for many organizations throughout her life, including Boy Scouts of America as a Den Mother, Girls Scouts of the U.S.A. as an assistant troop leader (she led all the outdoor adventures), Park Church (Elmira, NY), Wayzata Community Church, the Minnesota Arboretum, and the Minnesota Raptor Center. Like her husband, Jill was a life-long sailor, competing at Keuka Yacht Club in upstate New York and at Minnetonka Yacht Club in Minnesota. Indeed, it is a little-known fact that their first sailboat, a second-hand wooden Snipe, was actually given to Jill by her cousin as a wedding gift. John and Jill loved world culture and traveled extensively on all seven continents, often trekking to remote locations. After each trip Jill would carefully prepare a photo album, often with personal comments about the pictures, so she could relive the adventure and share it with others. A memorial service and reception for both John and Jill Davis will be held at Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, MN, and is currently scheduled for 11:00 a.m. June 20, 2020 with a visitation one hour preceding the service.
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