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Date published: 7/12/2014

Genevieve Davis

Genevieve Thornton Powers Davis, 92, of Port Royal moved on to a "larger life" on Thursday, July 10, 2014, surrounded by her family at her home.

Genevieve was born on Jan. 28, 1922, during the "Knickerbocker Snowstorm" at her family home, Bell Town, in Port Royal. The farm later became part of Cooke Camp at Fort A.P. Hill. She was the first of four children, and at the age of 14 began caring for her family after the death of her dear mother, Edith Gouldman Powers.

Genevieve was the matriarch of her family from an early age, and she continued to inspire all with love throughout her life.

After graduating from Mica High School (now in Fort A.P. Hill), Genevieve met the love of her life, E. Conway Davis, from Essex County, at a dance in Port Royal. They married in 1940 and soon established E.C. Davis Motor Co. A nurturing mother and devoted wife, Genevieve loved her family above all in life.

Genevieve's community was also very close to her heart. She was a longstanding member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Port Royal, where she served as Trustee as well as on the Vestry, Altar Guild and ECW. An entertainer and host right up to the end of her life, Genevieve warmly welcomed visitors and made all around her feel comfortable and at home.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her loving husband of 43 years, E. Conway Davis; her beloved son, James Conway Davis; and her brothers David and Thomas (Buddy) Powers.

She is survived by three devoted daughters, Carolyn Conway Davis (John), Linda Davis Upshaw (Keith) and Genevieve Powers Davis Adams (Peter); daughter-in-law Ann Greely Davis; grandchildren Reuben Rolph Lakin, Harriet Lakin Williams, Caroline Davis Upshaw Hughes, Ann Powers Upshaw, James Harrison Upshaw, Emma Powers Adams; and three great-grandchildren, Edgar Harper and Isabella and Sadie Lakin. Genevieve is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Powers Hicks.

The family wishes to thank her constant companions, affectionately known as her "girls," for the extraordinary care and love shown to her over these past few years. Their dedication allowed her to live out her golden years where she always wanted to be, in the comfort of her own home overlooking the Rappahannock River.

A funeral celebrating her life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at St. Peter's Church in Port Royal with the Rev. Catherine Hicks officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at Storke Funeral Home in Bowling Green.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Genevieve's memory to St. Peter's Church, Box 399, Port Royal, VA 22535.