Barbara Maud Davis
Barbara Maud Cooze Davis, 92, of Deer Park, TX, died November 27, 2014. She was born on April 27, 1922, in New York City, the second child of Mabel Elizabeth Jacques and Harold Winchester Cooze. Barbara passed away peacefully at her home in Deer Park, Texas.
Barbara attended the Ursuline Convent Tildonk Belgium, a boarding school, with her sister in 1936-37 and returned to New York to attend high school. In 1940, Barbara met R.C. in Brownwood, Texas, during a high school graduation trip to visit her Aunt Maud. Upon Barbara’s return to New York, they corresponded and subsequently married in September of 1944 during one of his Navy port stops along the East Coast that fall. After the war, they settled in Galveston so that he could attend UTMB. They later settled in Pasadena, where they lived for the next fifty-four years before moving to Deer Park nine years ago.
Barbara attended San Jacinto College and later graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston in 1969 with a BA in French, her second language. She was active in her church, the First Presbyterian Church of Pasadena, where she sang alto in the choir, served as children’s choir director and was an active member of the Presbyterian Women for many decades. As an accomplished artist, she had a portfolio of original watercolors and oil paintings. Of particular interest to her was the painting of portraits. In her senior years, she could be found on the golf course or tennis courts at Baywood Country Club with her friends. When she wasn’t on the greens or at the church, she and R.C. could be found at the bridge table enjoying a game with friends. At The Waterford in Deer Park, she organized a bridge playing group and even taught bridge to some of the residents. She was an avid fisherman in the mountains of New Mexico where she loved to spend her summers.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Rufus C. Davis, Jr., her sister, Natica Bahar, and her parents. Among her many survivors are: her three children: Natica Dahlkamp of Taos, New Mexico, Cheryl Cisler (Douglas) of Boerne, Texas, and Brian Davis (Barbara) of La Porte, Texas; nine grandchildren, William Dahlkamp (Sundie), Michael Dahlkamp (Natalie), Erin Cisler (Jim Bob), Richard “Bob” Cisler, William Cisler, Stephen Cisler, Natica Cooper, Megan Whitley Farley (John), and Jared Davis; great-grandchildren, Thomas Dahlkamp, Olivia Dahlkamp, Alexis Dahlkamp, Mason Dahlkamp, Cameron Moore, Katherine Shelton, Rodney “ Trey” Cooper, Tyler Cooper, Alissa Brown and Gage Davis; two nieces, Barbara Hartenberger (Jerry), Donna Henn (Dan); and other family members, Jennifer Lawrence (Jason), John Hartenberger (Renee), Ashley Vonderhorst (Marc), and Bill Dahlkamp.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 pm on December 7, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, 4647 Preston Road, Pasadena, Texas. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service in the Narthex of the church. The family is privileged to have you participate in this celebration of Barbara’s long and wonderful life. Barbara was a pillar in many lives; she had the ability to let things happen and allow people to be who they were. Her faith in Christ was evident in her compassion for others and service to her church. Graceful in an evening dress or sitting on a muddy creek bank fishing, our memories of her will fill our lives with great joy. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund.