Shirley L. Davies

 Shirley L. Davies

December 18, 2013


Shirley L. Davies, of West Scranton, entered into eternal life early Wednesday morning at home after an illness.  She was the widow of Wyndham Davies, the founder of the Scranton Fish Company, who died in 2003.

Born December 3, 1928 she recently celebrated her 85th birthday with her family present.  Shirley was the daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Evans James.  She was a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1946.  Prior to her marriage, she had been employed at Acme Fast Freight and Dean Phipps.   She was a member of the Trinity Congregational United Church of Christ and the Trillium Guild Women’s Society.   She was also a member of the St. David’s Society of Lackawanna County, the Century Club of Scranton and a former member of the Junior Welsh Women’s Society and the Scranton Choraleers.

To honor her and her husband’s Welsh heritage and their love of “Gymanfa Ganu” music, Shirley donated a new organ in her husband’s memory to Trinity Church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholas Dodge, Sandy, Allied Home Health, Celtic Hospice and her caregivers especially Dawn and Fran for the excellent care and compassion they showed Shirley during her illness.

Shirley is survived by her sister Marjorie Grippa of West Scranton; brothers JD James and his wife Jean of Clarks Summit and Curtis James and his wife Margaret of Crystal River, Florida; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11am in the Trinity Congregational United Church of Christ 229 S. Main Ave. West Scranton officiated by Rev. Jeremy Mullen.

Friends may call Friday morning from 10am until time of service in the church.

Interment private in Shady Lane Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers Shirley has requested memorial contributions be made in Shirley’s memory to Trinity Congregational United Church of Christ Memorial Fund 229 S. Main Ave. Scranton, Pa. 18504.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vanston and James Funeral Home under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, Funeral Director.

One Comment

  1. Patti And Tudor Williams

    We were surprised and saddened to read online here in Dover PA where we are now living that Shirley has passed away. You all have been such a close family that we know she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love,

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