Edith Davis, Adventist Educator, 99,
Passes to Her Rest

Mentored students at Andrews Academy, Middle East College (Posted May 10, 2013)

BY MARK A. KELLNER, News Editor

As a little girl growing up in Hyde Park, Vermont, Edith Davis attended a one-room schoolhouse. Years later, "Miss Davis," as she was known to legions of students, would be an educator, mentor, and counselor to hundreds of young Seventh-day Adventists in the U.S. and countless students in Beirut, Lebanon.

Edith Davis passed to her rest May 1, 2013, at the age of 99, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center, Michigan, not far from Andrews Academy, where she spent many years of service, and the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, where she had been a member for 33 years and was one of the congregation’s first two women elders.

Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1935 at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, with majored in English, Bible, and education. In 1950 she earned her Master's degree from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, with a major in education and a minor in English. In 1965, she received a master’s degree from Andrews University, reversing the order of her PUC studies. She also did postgraduate work at Andrews to earn her teaching certification.

From 1944 until 1960, Davis served as a Seventh-day Adventist missionary in Beirut, Lebanon, teaching at church-owned Middle East College. There, she served as Dean of Women, Registrar, Chairman of the Education Department, Chairman of the Language Department, and Principal of the Secondary School.

Earlier, Davis worked in an eight-grade elementary school in Gardner, Maine, a Junior Academy in Portland, Maine, and as a Bible Instructor in the Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Several cousins survive Davis. A memorial service is expected to be held at the Village Church, with interment in Hyde Park, Vermont.

                                                              -- with information from Allred Funeral Home in Berrien Springs.

 

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