In memory of
Gloria Marina Davis
Gloria Marina Davis
Jan. 28, 1946 - Sept. 25, 2019
Gloria Davis was an educator, a counselor, a school psychologist and a volunteer who dedicated her life to helping children, especially those who were abused, neglected or had other special needs. Compassionate, loyal, good listener, trusted confidant, believer in education, devoted wife, mom and grandma—these are all words that describe her.
Gloria M. Davis was born in Steubenville, Ohio Jan. 28, 1946, and was the only child of Gloria and William Cervenak. As her father was in the Air Force, she spent much of her childhood living in different places, including New York, Florida and California. Since her mother was from Puerto Rico she was raised in a bilingual household and spoke both English and Spanish fluently, an ability that would serve her well in her later professional life. In 1963, she graduated from Western High School in Anaheim, Calif., and went on to graduate from UCLA in 1968. She then went to Oregon State University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Counseling. While there she met and married Paul Clausen. Together they had three children, Melissa, Amity and Kevin. They lived in several places before moving to Lake Oswego, Ore., in 1984 to raise their family. During the children's formative years she devoted herself to the family, their numerous sports, PTA groups and other activities. However, during this time she also served on the Lake Oswego School Board for several years. She and Paul were later divorced.
As a single parent, Gloria returned to college to earn her Graduate Licensure in School Psychology at Lewis & Clark College. She later established the Gloria M. Lopez-Davis scholarship endowment at Lewis & Clark for single working parents enrolled in the Psychology program. After graduating, she went to work as a counselor/school psychologist with the Portland Public Schools at Buckman Elementary and later transferred to Nancy Riles Elementary in the Beaverton School District, where she worked until she retired.
In 1996, Gloria met Carl Davis, and they were married in December, 1997. Carl and Gloria lived in Lake Oswego until Kevin graduated from high school. The two then built a house at Broken Top in Bend, Ore., and relocated there after Carl retired in 2005. Gloria and Carl enjoyed their retirement to the fullest – learning to golf, making new friends and traveling frequently. Their travels took them to every continent and they enjoyed some amazing adventures including a safari in Africa, wonderful wine in Italy, a visit to Tibet, river cruises in Europe and many other wonderful journeys. While in Bend, Gloria was an active board member of the MountainStar Family Relief Nursery for several years and served as President on two separate occasions. As a Christmas present one year, Carl established a permanent endowment at MountainStar in Gloria's name and the infant classroom, which she helped save during a challenging budget year, was renamed in her honor. She participated in the Eat Read Chat book club and played in the women's nine-hole golf group at Broken Top.
Gloria was a true gem – she loved and was loved by everyone she met. Gloria's family was the center of her universe. She delighted in spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. In February of this year, Gloria and Carl, along with her children and grandchildren, enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii; a trip she was extremely pleased to have planned and is a cherished memory for all.
Gloria left this world far too early, Sept. 25, 2019. She had been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in early May, but ultimately, lost her battle to an infection that proved to be too much for her body to handle. Gloria, Gogo, mama, you will be forever in our hearts and lives as we work to carry on some of your most wonderful traditions and cherished memories. We love you!
Gloria is survived by her husband, Carl Davis; and her three children, Melissa Conrad (Chad), Amity Girt (Casey), Kevin Clausen (Laurel), Carl's daughter, Lisa Aarseth and son, Matt Davis (Tony Springer); and grandchildren, McKenzie Conrad, Mason and Miles Girt, Maggie and Hannah Clausen and Jake Aarseth. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Gloria Emma and William Cervenak; and her grandson, Eric Aarseth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the Gloria Lopez Davis Endowment at MountainStar Family Relief Nursery in Bend, Ore., or to the Gloria M. Lopez Davis Endowed Scholarship Fund at Lewis & Clark College.
Because of her multitude of friends in various locations, two Celebrations of Life are planned. The first will be from 2 - 4 p.m., Oct. 26, 2019, at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego. The second will be from 2 - 5 p.m., Nov. 6, 2019, in Bend at Broken Top Club.
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