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Ann Davis

January 22, 2018
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Ann Davis, the wife of, Newport’s first city manager Don Davis, died earlier this week.
Ann Davis passed away in the early morning hours on Monday, Jan 22. in her home.
“I had to get up about quarter to three and I went in and she motioned me to come over and then she says, ‘I love you,’ and I said ‘well, I love you too, honey,’” Davis said. “She wanted to kiss, so I kissed her and that’s how she said goodbye, she died right then.”
Davis said that there is no better way to leave than that. They have been married for almost 62 years. “We got married in 1956, on May 12, so 61 years and almost eight months,” he said. “We got married later in life than a lot of people do, I was 28, she was 26.”
Davis said that she created their longtime home and that she knew where everything was.
“Ann had our children, raised our children, she ran the house, she was an artist,” Davis said. “We were a real team in this town, it’s amazing how we fit together.”
He said that while she didn’t come to the council meetings and other city events that Davis would attend, she was still very involved in the community and she knew all of the people that Don didn’t know.
Davis’ children, Ted and Sally, both said their mother was very fond of the holidays like Christmas and Halloween.
Davis said that much of what is in the house was made by Ann, and he is looking to sell some items and use the funds to create an artistic scholarship.
“It would be known as the Ann Davis Scholarship or the Priscilla Ann Davis Scholarship for Arts, and (we would) give it through the Visual Arts Center,” Davis said.
Davis also celebrated his 90th birthday last week on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and he joked about getting older.
“When you get to be 90, you know you’re not going to live forever,” he said, “I’ve already got my little niche bought up there on the hill where they’re going to put my ashes.”
When asked why he and his wife stayed here in Newport for so long, he said it’s because his whole family is from Oregon and its home to him.
“In the 20s, if you went to the beach you went to Newport or up to Rockaway Beach. Lincoln City didn’t exist,” he said. “So I came to Newport in diapers and I came back all throughout my life in different times. I fit into the community easily.”
As the first city manager of Newport, he started in 1962 and served for 29 years.
“Why I stayed here? It’s home.”
By: CHRIS EHRMANN Newport NewsTimes
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