The death has taken place of Anne Davis (nee Reynolds), aged 91 years, on 29th November 2018 at Watford General Hospital, England, after a short illness.Anne was born in Drummindoo, Westport in 1927 to parents Michael and Mary Reynolds. In a family of ten children, Anne was the last to pass. Her early years on the family farm formed her character and instilled in her a work ethic prominent throughout her life with a willingness to work hard and help all. As a young woman her first employment was in local Westport shops before leaving in 1947 to seek new opportunities in England. Initially a children’s nanny in Harrow, London she later moved to Kings Langley, Hertfordshire where she worked in the local Ovaltine factory. She was joined in this area by sisters Margaret, Sara and by Lena who settled in Harlesden. Brothers Michael and Johnny were also in England together with Jimmy who later returned to the family home in Drummindoo.She met her future husband Michael Davis from Cavan, while walking home from Mass one Sunday. They were married in 1951 and three children were to follow. She was a devoted mother to Maureen, Vincent and Rosaleen, later returning to work at Nash Mills paper factory until her retirement. Anne possessed a deeply held faith and was very supportive of her church. She devoted much of her time to assisting with church functions. Anne was a dedicated member of the local Catholic social group and much involved in arranging the monthly Irish dances where she could be found in the church hall from before the start to long after the dancing had ended. These dances were very popular and well supported, raising much needed funds for the building and maintenance of a new church.An avid baker of soda bread, apple tarts and Guinness cake, Anne brought many recipes with her from Mayo and adopted new ones from eagerly read Irish magazines. All guests enjoyed her hospitality and never left hungry. Anne was a keen gardener growing both vegetables and flowers and always willing to give visitors a guided tour of her garden.Anne was very proud of her home town and roots in Westport, visiting her family as often as she could while keeping in touch with phone calls and letters. A great raconteur, her children and grandchildren enjoyed an endless supply of stories of her childhood in Westport and its characters. Anne’s personality made her popular with all, not least because of her ever-ready sense of fun.Anne is survived by her son Vincent, Muswell Hill, and daughter Rosaleen, Abbots Langley, grandchildren Thomas, Joseph, Michael, Ellen, William, Catherine, Rachel and Anna, sons in law Michael and Angus and nieces and nephews.A devoted wife and mother, this strong selfless woman will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Anne will be brought to St Saviours Church, Abbots Langley at 7pm Wednesday 19th December. Requiem Mass 10am Thursday 20th December, burial to follow at North Watford Cemetery.