Rae Ann Davis

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Rae Ann Thompson Davis, 77
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Rae Ann Thompson Davis, 77, a longtime resident of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Born on Aug. 17, 1940, in Little Rock, Ark., Rae Ann, the daughter of a career Navy service family, grew up in Maine, Hawaii and California. Rae Ann graduated from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, Calif., in 1958. She earned her nursing degree at the Arkansas Baptist School of Nursing in 1962. She graduated at the top of her class.
Rae Ann worked at the Tompkins County Hospital in Ithaca, N.Y., and then at York Hospital in York, Maine, for over 25 years. Rae Ann moved to Arizona in 1994 and was a loving caregiver to her grandchildren. She also continued to work as a nurse, caring for others for more than 23 years in various healthcare organizations. Following several years of employment at the Christian Care healthcare facility, Rae Ann retired from her nursing career in September 2017.
Rae Ann enjoyed her family, holidays, cooking, movies, reading and traveling. She also was an avid sports fan, and for many years rooted for the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals, as well as the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Rae Ann was an accomplished tennis player and loved board games including Scrabble and Mexican Train. Rae Ann was a dedicated member of the La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. She faithfully served in the Altar Guild and assisted in children's ministries.
Rae Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche Elizabeth and Casimer Michael Badela; and her sister, Jeannette Thompson Zajac. Rae Ann is survived by her sister, Michaela Fitzhugh; her daughters, Catharine Rae Davis Ellingsen (husband Steve Allen Ellingsen), of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; and Carrie Bragdon Davis Diamond (husband Jeremy Alan Diamond), of Wilmette, Ill.; and son, Robert McIntire Davis (wife Julie McConnell Davis), of Kennebunk; seven grandchildren, Nathaniel Davis Ellingsen, Robert Maxwell Davis, Emily Ann Ellingsen, Andrew Allen Ellingsen, Molly McConnell Davis, Jack Marshall Diamond, and Morgan Rae Diamond; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. at La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale.
Condolences may be left with the Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Virginia Piper Cancer Center, Honor Health, and her many dear friends for their support.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 31, 2017
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