Judith A. (Flickinger) Davis, 83, x-ray tech at Reading Hospital, active volunteer, loved the outdoors

By on November 7, 2018

Judith A. (Flickinger) Davis gained blessed peace from Alzheimer’s disease at Ephrata Manor on Oct. 29, 2018 at the age of 83, with family by her side.

She was born in Altoona and raised in West Reading. There, in her mid-teens, she met her future husband, Owen James “Jim” Davis, in the West Reading Drum and Bugle Corps.

Judy graduated from West Reading High School in 1951 with the student award in home economics. She went on to be an x-ray technician at Reading Hospital, a profession she later left to raise a family.

In the meantime, Judy and Jim were married in Fort Stewart, Ga., starting a close, loving union of 67 years. Their first child Scott, was born three years later, followed by Sherry and Jeff.

In addition to being a wonderful wife and mother, Judy was a volunteer at the children’s schools. She then returned to work as a telephone operator for an answering service. As her mother and Jim’s parents aged, she assisted them as needed. At this time she also volunteered at Leader Nursing Home (Manor Care) and was a United Way Volunteer of the Year nominee in Berks County.

Judy always participated in church services and activities wherever she lived. Family summer vacations were usually camping and hiking experiences across the U.S. and Canada. As the children left the nest, she and Jim continued a love for the outdoors, adding canoe and bicycle camping before transitioning to travel trailer touring. For 49 years, Labor Day weekend was spent with the extended family at the Knoebels Grove campground.

Judy enjoyed gardening at their Muhlenberg Township home, for over 30 years, and their Sebring, Fla., retirement home for 23 years. There, she and Jim also tended gardens for over 20 neighbors. When they moved back to Pennsylvania, they volunteered, for five years, to plant and maintain a large flower and shrub garden in their retirement complex.

Judy is survived by her beloved husband, three devoted children, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Nov. 2 in the Donecker Chapel at Ephrata Manor. Interment was in the Bethany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Judy’s memory may be made to Bethany UCC Church, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA, 17522; or Ephrata Manor Benevolent Fund, 99 Bethany Road, Ephrata, PA, 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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