Bettye Davis memorialized as a trailblazer, advocate and family woman
Bettye Davis' life was all about family and service. On Monday, she was remembered as a women who did everything she could to raise others up, especially children.
It was standing room only at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church to honor Davis, who passed away at the age of 80 on Dec. 2. An Anchorage resident for 45 years, she arrived in Alaska with her husband Troy, an Air Force veteran who predeceased her.
"Don't be sad, don't cry, because on Dec. 2, my mother crossed over to a better life," said Davis' son Troy, one the many speakers who eulogized her.
Davis started in nursing, then moved on to social work. She then set her sights on to public service as an Alaska State representative. In 2000, Davis became the first black Alaskan elected as a senator.
"Comfort us right now," Patricia Ray said. "Lord, we thank you and we praise you for 80 years for how Sen. Davis lived and she planted seeds in our lives, dropped nuggets in our spirit."
Sen. Georgianna Lincoln called her, "my sister for 28 years."
Davis will be buried in her hometown of Bernice, Louisiana on Saturday.
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