Gertrude Alice Davis, 94, passed away early Sunday February 21 at Glendive Medical Center.
Gertrude was born to William Evan Davis and Adeline Louisa Davis at their homestead in Mildred Montana on January 3, 1916. Gertrude graduated from Terry High School with a scholarship to Dillon University where she obtained a teaching degree. After teaching in schools around Montana she went to the University of Chicago to get her degree in social work and moved to New York City to finish her masters in social work at Columbia University.
In the 1940's, after completing her masters and working for a short time for the Montana State welfare services, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area. Gertrude stayed in the San Francisco for the next 30 years and worked for many public and private social service companies. She shared a short marriage with Russell Nesbit, a Montana rancher, before returning to social work as the Regional Director for a Blackfeet Indian project through the Montana Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Gertrude had no children but found her deep love for animals with her two Welsh Corgis, Nevin and Rena.
At the age of 60 she retired and decided to travel with friends all over Europe. After quenching her thirst of travel she took on a part time job for H&R Block checking tax returns.
Throughout her life Gertrude exhibited unending independence, living in a retirement community until moving in with her nephew Gene to be cared for by his wife Jeanette, a registered nurse, at their home in Terry, MT until her death.
Gertrude is survived by her nieces and nephews Donna Davis of AZ; Carl Davis of WA; Lorin (Char) Davis and Thomas (Marie) Davis both of WA; Spencer Davis of OR; Monty Davis of CA; Eileen Davis, Ann Mabee, Gene (Jeanette) Davis, William (Kim) Davis, and Chris all of MT; Brett (Donna) Davis of AL; along with numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers; Ancil, Spencer, William, Lorin and her sister Margaret.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Terry is in charge of the arrangements.
Published Mar. 3, 2010