Elizabeth J. “Betty” Davis

Elizabeth J. “Betty” Davis, Lake Winola, passed away early Sunday morning at home surrounded by her loving family.   She was the wife of William A. Davis.   The couple had been married for 65 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Leonard G. and Grace L. Ball Hockin.  She was a graduate of Dunmore High School class of 1948 where she was a cheerleader for the football team.  Betty was a former member of the Dunmore Presbyterian Church and was currently a member of the Jackson Street Baptist Church where she was active with the Young at Heart Club.  She served as a past president and was a member of the Lake Winola Women’s Cottagers Association and was a former girl scout leader and counselor at Camp Archbald.   Her other activities included membership in the St. David’s Society of Lackawanna County, singing with various choral groups including the Sweet Adelines and the Bell Telephone Pioneers.

Also surviving are daughters Cynthia Sheehan and Tamera Daniels and her husband Attorney Thomas Daniels, each of Lake Winola, PA; a son William J. Davis and his wife Janet Davis of Nazareth, PA, grandchildren Abigail Cravens and Brendan Sheehan, Thomas Daniels, Zachary Daniels, Madison Davis, Haley Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by brothers Leonard and Robert.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10am in the Jackson Street Baptist Church, 1206 Jackson St., Scranton, officiated by Rev. Elliot Cooke.

Friends may call Friday from 4-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton and Saturday morning from 9am until time of service at the church.

Interment, Newton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Jackson Street Baptist Church Deacon’s Fund, 1206 Jackson St., Scranton, PA 18504, the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd., Wilton, NH 03086.

For directions, to share a memory or to leave your condolences for the family please visit www.vanstonandjames.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, funeral director.



  1. Gladys Bernet

    Dear Cheryl and David,
    I was heartbroken to learn of Peg’s death. As a volunteer at Tyler Hospital in the chaplaincy program, she helped me with a million small and large jobs every day. I came to love her dearly and admired her courage, love of family and her loyalty to people and the task at hand.

    She and my mom also became great friends, and as my mother aged, she went out of her way to help her and be her friend. It was an honour to know and love both your parents. She loved you all dearly and you were certainly lucky to have them both as parents. God bless you all,

  2. Janice Goodwin

    Dear Tammy-My condolences on the loss of your mother. I met her one time when I stayed over at your family’s house at Lake Winola (MANY years ago!). You and I had become friends through the 4-H Horse and Pony Club. Your mom was so nice and welcoming to me and I had so much fun with you staying at the Lake which was a real treat for a little rural farm girl like me! So, I just wanted you to know that your mom showed what a kind person she was those summer days long ago, and that I thank you for your friendship–good memories doing things together, including riding horses, of course! — Janice Goodwin, Dushore, PA

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