Nancy Jane Davis

September 4, 1940 ~ November 18, 2021 (age 81)


Nancy Jane Copeland Davis, 81, of Mexia, died at home on November 18, 2021. She was born September 4, 1940, in Lufkin, to Mavis Jimaloy Tull Copeland and Jesse Weldon Copeland.

Nancy was preceded in death by her sister Wanda Braml on November 5 and her son Foster “Frosto” Davis on November 6, 2021.

Nancy participated as a Candy Striper in High School and became a Nurse. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science in Special Education while raising her three children. Her learning continued throughout her life obtaining numerous credentials. Nancy developed the Early Childhood Center at Lamar University while she was teaching classes. She had a skill as a Grant Writer and used this talent to help women and children. At Lamar she was the director of an equity program which assisted women in their education. The program placed women in nontraditional skills, such as, welding, auto and diesel mechanics. Nancy was involved in the struggle for women's equity from the 60's. She continued this throughout her life.

Nancy enjoyed reading, journaling, travel, family and friends. She was a Texas Master Gardener, a Texas Master Naturalist, and a member of Mexia Garden Club.

Nancy was especially proud of her Girl Scout troop #60 which sold scrap metals, drink bottles, rummage sales and scrap newspaper for 2 years to raise money for a trip to Europe. The 14 girls and 2 sponsors toured for 3 months in 1958. The troop continues to meet annually to celebrate and remember the ones who are no longer here.

Nancy shared her life for 43 years with her husband, Charles Watley. Together they developed a life of love, learning and sharing. Her beautiful smile and blue eyes will be cherished.

Survived by, sisters, Loy Beth Copeland McConnell, Veda Faye Copeland Matlock, Jeanie Copeland Willingham, brother, Jesse Weldon Copeland, Jr. and children, Debbie McCurley, Clarence “Bubba” Davis and wife, Janell, Nancy Watley, Rebekah Watley, grandchildren, Jack Davis, Jesse Davis, Graham Davis, Amelia Watley, Kyla Watley, Jaden Clark and Jianna Brown.

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