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Susan H. (Payne) Davis at 71

by Everett Funeral Home

Susan H. (Payne) Davis 70, of Holliston died peacefully Thursday, April 25, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family.


She was the beloved wife of Joseph G. Davis with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Boston she was the daughter of the late Norman H. and Gudrun H. (Gustafson) Payne.


Susan was raised in Brookline and graduated from Brookline High School Class of 1960. She always had an artistic side taking on a large colonial home in Holliston in which she lived for 41 years that she furnished and decorated with determination and elegance. Susan had a flair for gardening and spent “time tending her yard with care and a strong lifelong inner passion for revealing nature’s beauty” As her artist side grew she started painting in earnest in 1996. She studied under the noted artist and teacher John Kilroy. As a supporting member and contributor of the North River Art Society she won many awards for painting “en plein air”. As a member of many art associations, her art exhibits were well received and her paintings reside in many New England homes. She was an avid animal lover and raised many horses, dogs, sheep, chickens, finches, and rescued many, many strays over the years. She was a member of the Holliston Garden Club, Cub Scout Leader, 4-H leader and District Commissioner of Norfolk Hunt Pony Club. Susan enjoyed entertaining friends, visiting family in Maryland, going to Florida and Cape Cod with her sister and especially spending time with family around the pool.


In addition to her husband, she leaves her two sons Michael J. Davis and his wife Lori of Ellicott City, MD; Glenn A. Davis and his wife Teresa of Holliston; and daughter Susan E. Davis and partner Joseph T. Everett of Natick; four grandchildren Patrick Davis and his wife Rachel, Taylor Davis, Grant Davis and Lindsay Davis; one great granddaughter Marchella Davis; a sister and best friend Laura P. Kelley and her husband Thomas of Glenwood, MD; one sister in law Pamela McIntire and husband Francis of North Attleborough; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, beloved friends and a special rescued cat “Rowdy” who brought her much comfort throughout her illness.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common. Visiting hours in the Funeral Home are Monday, April 29, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Interment Lake Grove Cemetery, Holliston.


Those wishing to remember Susan may do so by making memorial donations in her name to The Massachusetts Humane Society, P.O. Box 890127, East Weymouth, MA 02189 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.