|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1903|
Lewis and Clark County
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1995|
Services have been scheduled for Gail (Fiske) Davis, 92, a longtime Sitka resident who dies Tuesday at Sitka Community Hospital.
No memorial service will be held, but Mrs. Davis will lie in state at Kaayaashka Hit (314 Katlian St.)From 4:30p.m. today until Friday morning. At the request of family, and her Baha'i Faith dictates, the casket will remain closed.
Alaska Native sisterhood and Baha'i services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the ANB Hall. Pat Osgood fromJuneau will officiate at the Baha'i srrvice.
A reception will be held at Swan Lake Senior Center following the graveside service at Sitka MemorialPark.
Mrs. Davis' Tlingit name was Koteen, and she was a Chookan Shaa of the Eagle Clan. She was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. She also was a member of several organizations, including the Sitka Toastmasters Club, the Sitka Womans's Club, the Soroptimists, the Sitka Historical Society, Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and the Baranof Theatre Guild.
She also was a Knight of Baha'u'llah for the Baha'i Faith. In 1982 she was able to make a pilgrimage to the International Center of the Baha'i Faith in Haifeh and Akkad, Isreal.
She was born Sept. 29, 1903, in Helena, Montana, the daughter of Eugene and Kate Fiske. She attended college in Bozeman, Montana, where she met and married Earl Avery. She later received trainning as an x-ray technician while working at a clinic in Billings.
After she became a grandmother, she entered nursing school, seeing it as a way for her to work abroad and serve her newly found Baha'i Faith.
Baha'is were then being asked to move to areas where no other members of the faith lived. Baranof Island was listed as such a place, and in 1954 she moved to Sitka.
She worked at the Mt. Edgecumbe hospital, and then helped set up the laboratory at the then-new Sitka Community Hospital. Her next step was employment at the Pioneers Home, Where she worked until her retirement in 1970.
For many years she wrote kryptograms and a column, "It Is Remembered," for the Daily Sitka Sentinel. She published two books of poetry, "A Touch of Madness," and "More Than a Touch of Madness."
She loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed her years at her home on Dove Island, Which she homesteded shortly after moving to Sitka.
Mrs. Davis will be remembered for her warm wit, her gift of rhyming and for her love of life itself. She was always a teacher, learning new things and then passing on that knowledge to others, a familt member said.
Preceding her in death were he parents, her brothers Kenneth and John, sisters Gretchen Pool and Avis Hopkins, her first husband Earl Avery, and he husband of the past 38 years, Albert Davis.
Survivors include daughters Alice Machesney of Sitka and Winifred Campbell of Townsend, Mont.: son Sam Fisk of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren Jim Frederick of Gillette, Wyo,; Kate Fiske of Palm Springs, Fla.; Francie Davis of Colorado Springs, Colo; Judy Clark of Ralston, Wyo.; Linda Miller of Cowley, Wyo.; Amy Fisk of Los Angeles; Cindy Bloomquist of Coon Rapids, Minn.; Mark Fisk of Mineapolis; Annette Blankenship of Sitka; Mike Machesney of Mechanicsville, Maryland; Kris Lucas of Powell, Wyo.; and John Adams of St. Anthony, Idaho as well as 28 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eugene Wallace Fiske (1851 - 1920)
Katherine Imogene Bailey Fiske (1859 - 1934)
Earl Weber Avery (1907 - 1987)
Albert Sandy Davis (1914 - 1995)*
Alice Myrtle Avery Machesney (1926 - 2009)*
Avis Fiske Hopkins (1882 - 1986)*
Kenneth Bailey Fiske (1883 - 1963)*
Gretchen Fiske Pool (1888 - 1958)*
John Manchester Fiske (1891 - 1975)*
Gail Fiske Davis (1903 - 1995)
Sitka Memorial Park
Created by: Jerry Clark
Record added: Dec 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45084783