Dorothy JoAnn “Dotty” <I>Patterson</I> Davis

Dorothy JoAnn “Dotty” Patterson Davis

Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Death 4 Oct 2007 (aged 75)
Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 29895527 · View Source
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Dorothy Davis, 75, an opera singer, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, in Jackson, Miss.
Cryptside service: 2 p.m. Monday in Greenwood Mausoleum. Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Chanticleer, 44 Page St., Suite 604, San Francisco, Calif. 94102; or the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, 1955 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 116, Atlanta, Ga. 30329.
Dotty was born May 6, 1932, in Fort Worth to Frank and Rebecca Patterson. She received formal training as an opera singer in Germany and returned to Fort Worth, where she did postgraduate work at Texas Christian University under Karl Kritz.
Dotty made her opera debut in the title role of "Madama Butterfly" in Wiesbaden, Germany. Life then carried Dotty to Nashville, Tenn., where she sang the role of Suzuki in "Madama Butterfly" as well as the title role in "Carmen."
Dotty moved to Atlanta, where she resided with her ophthalmologist husband and sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw for 12 years. In Atlanta, she was an active member of PEO Sorority and The Cathedral of St. Philip.
Her husband retired and they moved to The Villages, Fla. in 2004. Her primary residence remained in The Villages, while she made many special memories in her second home in Gold Beach, Ore.
Survivors: Husband of 38 years, Dr. Wilkes H. Davis Jr.; son, Allen E. Rumbaugh III and wife, Diana and their children, Erik and Katherine Rumbaugh; sons, Aaron Rumbaugh and Preston Rumbaugh; daughter, Rebecca Gorhman and her daughter, Ashley Duncan; and sister, Patricia Adkisson.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 10/7/2007

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