Virginia Adare Golden Davis
In Seattle, WA, formerly of Medford, MA, on January 17, at age 89. Devoted mother of Robert and his wife Constance of Seattle; Paul of Watertown, MA; Stephen and his wife Marianne of Shrewsbury, MA; and Michael of Framingham, MA. Predeceased by her late cousins Eleanor Potts of Medford and Elizabeth “Dolly” Sullivan Bushell of Acton, goddaughter Kathy Veleno of Maynard, and friend Elizabeth Epstein of Brookline. Grandchildren Evan, Matthew, Katherine, Paul, Daniel, Allison, and Roman Davis and Dhimitri Dorceus as well as foster grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Mass was celebrated at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
Interment in the spring will be at a Feeley and Sullivan family plot in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to the Boston Ballet Children's Program. Family and friends are invited to visit the Davis home at 126 Summer Street in Watertown on Saturday, May 19 between 2 pm and 8 pm to remember Virginia’s life.
As a child, Virginia was an original ballet student at the studios operated by E. Virginia Williams in Melrose and Malden. Still under Ms. Williams’ guidance, she later studied at the Alicia Langford Studios in the Back Bay and danced in predecessor companies to the New England Civic Ballet which in turn was the predecessor company for the Boston Ballet which Ms. Williams founded. She later served as an administrative assistant to Ms. Langford and her husband Edwin Binney. Virginia danced with both Broadway and touring companies of legitimate stage productions including Victor Herbert’s “The Red Mill”. She also worked with her childhood friend Charlotte Lipner who operated a dance studio in Norwood. Mrs. Davis and her former husband, the late Hubert, were active figures in post-World War II Waltham and Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish. She operated a dance studio from their Berkley Street home as his paving and landscaping company helped build out much of the area along and off Trapelo Road. They were closely associated with their friend Paul Shaughnessy who became Mayor as Mr. Davis served as chief secretary and later City Auditor. In her later years, she lived on Cape Cod and in Weston as well as spending time in Arizona and Seattle near her children.