Kathryn Davis

Kathryn Davis

Tuesday April 1, 1924 Friday February 14, 2020

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Obituary for Kathryn T. "Kate" Davis

Kathryn Tolle Davis, 95, of Hillsboro, passed away Friday February 14, 2020 at Clermont Mercy Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Kate was born April 1, 1924 to the late George Elbert and Nina Evans Tolle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge Richard L. Davis. She was also preceded in death by her cherished sisters, Helen Jane Stephens, Elizabeth Evans Tolle Dennison, and Ann Tolle Nye.

Kate was a 1942 graduate of Hillsboro High School. She went on to attend and graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1947. Following graduation, she taught typing at New Vienna and worked as her husband Richard’s secretary when he first opened his law practice. She eventually moved on to spend her time as a loving housewife, mother and grandmother.

She was a member of the Esoteric Club since 1968, a club co-founded by her mother in 1914. During her lifetime, she was also a member of Towne Club and Friday Club. She was a lifelong member of the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church.

Kate married her high school sweetheart, Judge Richard L. Davis, on July 17, 1948. They were together 77 years (married 70 of those years).

She is survived by her beloved children, Hillsboro Recreation Director Bruce (Sally) Davis and local attorney Susan Davis (Steve) Thompson.

Besides her children, Kate is also survived by her six grandchildren: Courtney (Erik) Swope, Tim (Tara) Davis, Allee (Kevin Curtis) Thompson, Jenny Davis, Erin Davis, and Andrea Thompson and by her great-grandchildren, Cooper and Quinn Swope, Tate, Tylee, Teagan and Tori Davis, Kamryn Asbury, and Mason and Levi Platt. She is survived as well by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday February 25, 2020 at Thompson Funeral Home. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family with burial following at the Hillsboro Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Soles for Students, LLC, 107 Governor Foraker Place, Hillsboro, OH 45133 or Shaffer Park Baseball, P.O. Box 158, Hillsboro, OH 45133.

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    Tuesday February 25, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Thompson Funeral Home
    241 East Main Street
    Hillsboro, OH
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Tuesday February 25, 2020
    11:00am - 1:00pm
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    Thompson Funeral Home
    241 East Main Street
    Hillsboro, OH
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |

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Paulette Donley

To Susan & Bruce and families: We are sad to hear of Kate's passing and we want you to know how much we respected both of your parents. Kate could light up a room with her friendliness and laughter. She always had a kind word for those she met. Her love for her family, her community and her God was so evident. May your memories remain precious and give you confidence that Mom and Dad are together again. Paulette & Dick Donley
Comment | Posted at 11:58am via Condolence

Leah Aliff

I'm was so sorry to hear of Kate passing. I only spent a short period of time with her while I was helping take care of Judge, but she impressed me with her determination and perseverance. In fact, all of you reminded me of the importance of family and the limited amount of time we have together. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Comment | Posted at 05:47pm via Condolence

Vicky Smith

Susan and Bruce and family,Your mother was a special lady. She always had a smile and a hello when she saw you. You are in our thoughts during this time of loss. Death is a heartache no one can heal. Love is a memory no one can steal. Vicky and Earl Smith
Comment | Posted at 09:14am via Condolence

Leslie Ludwick Ramsey

There are no words adequate enough to describe this fabulous lady whose infectious laugh and love for life gave us privileged to know her the will and courage to simply “carry on” when life handed us lemons. She & The Judge were two of the most respected citizens of our community who gave support to so many projects to make life better for us. Kate will be missed, but her legacy will live on forever. I’m so thankful I had the pleasure of knowing this dear lady but know she’s resting in God’s Hands and seeing reuniting with Dick again. RIP dear Kate! 🙏🏻
Comment | Posted at 08:30am via Condolence

Beth McKenzie

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family. Alan and Beth McKenzie
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