Remembering Marjorie Joy Davis

Remembering Marjorie Joy Davis

Joy was just 5' 2 and 3/4," but stood as tall in our lives as the Douglas Firs she loved. Born at home in Anacortes, WA on October 12, 1925 to Ralph H. Davis and Kathryn Vida Davis (Rogers), she attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle and studied art and English at Washington State University. For decades, she painted stunning scenes of the Pacific Northwest that illustrated her deep love for the natural world.

She kept flourishing gardens everywhere she lived, tending her beloved flowers, vegetables, and bonsais with the same careful love she gave to her family. In 1947 she married WWII veteran George Bruce Long and proudly raised her their three children: Sharon, David, and Nancy. It wasn't long before all three stood head and shoulders above her small but mighty stature. She navigated the challenges of her children with her typical patience, grace, kindness, and sense of humor. Her loving presence and deep regard of nature live on in her children and grandchildren.

She adored her second husband William Clifford Folland, a fireman, outdoorsman, handyman and mischief maker, for over two decades until his passing. She would also outlive her third husband, Rev. Bill Cross.

She spent her final decade of life joyfully traveling with her family to Hawaii, Alaska, and around the Northwest. Though petite, her robust appetite would come alive with a plate full of seafood, ice cream, and chocolate cake.

She taught us to pick berries, dig clams, walk barefoot on Guemes Island beaches and spot agates in the sand. When she became a single mother after her first marriage and needed to return to work, she took career aptitude tests in Seattle, and achieved the highest score ever recorded for mechanical ability. She taught us how to fix what was broken, build a fire, catch and crack crabs, and row to Jack Island. She was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty, or try something new.

Joy, affectionately nicknamed "Bubba" and "AJ" was a beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, and example of integrity. All who knew her loved her. She was and is an angel among us. Your wild and wacky, eclectic family misses you immensely Bubba!

She is survived by her children: Sharon Long, David Long, and Nancy K. Long; her grandchildren: Katye Faulkner, Elise Long, Victoria Fraser, Nancy J. Long, Zac Pease, Christian Long; and her great grandchild Atlas. She was predeceased by her sister Mary Mittelstaedt and grandson Grant Fraser. 

A celebration of her exemplary life will be held on Guemes Island.

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