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Obituary: Barbara Lynne Davis

Barbara Lynne Davis
May 13, 2023

Sept. 12, 1944 – April 13, 2023

Barbara Lynne Davis was born on Sept. 12, 1944. She grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Later, she was an AFS (American Field Service) student studying abroad in Brazil. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned two master’s degrees in Education and Portuguese. She was a Fulbright Scholar and studied in Brazil during her college years. When she returned to the United States, she worked as an English as a Second Language teacher in the Los Angeles area.

When her children were ages 12 and 14, she moved to Oregon. She was principal at Mary Harrison Elementary School in Toledo for six years. While she was principal in Toledo, she was also honored with Oregon Elementary Principal of the year. Then she moved to Ashland in 1998 where she was principal at Helman Elementary School for seven years.

She finished her career as principal in Visalia, California, and retired in 2011. She enjoyed traveling and went back to Brazil, visiting friends, and traveled to Europe, several times. She enjoyed attending plays and concerts with friends in Ashland. After retiring, Barbara volunteered until the end, helping seniors and people with low income to file their taxes through AARP. Barbara enjoyed participating in book club, attending classes through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and concerts at Southern Oregon University, and looked forward to each season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival play productions.

She passed away peacefully in her home in Medford, Oregon, on April 13, 2023. Barbara was a devoted mother, educator, and lifelong learner. She will be missed by her family, many friends and colleagues but mostly by her children, her son, Devin Fields, and her granddaughter, Ashlynn Fields, her daughter and son-in-law, Lynnette and Dan.

In lieu of flowers, she supported several organizations, if you would like to donate. She enjoyed and donated to the music and theater productions at SOU, OSF, and Britt Festivals. She donated to Oregon Cultural Trust, Planned Parenthood, Jefferson Public Radio, and Southern Oregon Public Broadcast, just to name a few.

Mom, you are greatly missed and loved.

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