Isabelle Evelyn "Dede" Noyes Davis, Cole Village in Chinchilla, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after being stricken ill at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Davis.
She was born in Scranton on July 21, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Edward Whittier Noyes Sr. and Anita Young, formerly of Dunmore.
Dede's self-proclaimed crowning achievement in life was always in successfully raising her four boys alone, after the sudden and untimely death of her husband in 1968. She was subsequently thrust into the workplace in order to help support her family, working at the International Correspondence Schools in Scranton, Abington Heights Middle School, U.S. Postal Service and Waverly Community House. She successfully passed her real estate license exam, and worked in that field as well, all while seeing that her four boys completed their education and transitioned into adulthood. Even during those difficult times, she found the time and energy to open up her household to her two nieces, Anita and Kathy Noyes.
Wherever Dede went, her unique and outgoing personality left indelible imprints on those fortunate enough to interact with her. After a short marriage to, and the subsequent death of her second husband, Guy Walter Tench, she relocated for several years to the West Palm Beach, Fla., area, where she opened and operated "Dede Davis Reality Inc." While there, she served as the president of the Northern Palm Beach County Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors in 1983-84. Never happy being away from her family, she returned to the Clarks Summit area in 1989 where she lived until the present. She was active in the Abington Senior Center, where she ultimately served as board member and president, working closely with Telespond and Serving Seniors, as well as the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging.
She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), also having ancestors dating back to the Mayflower voyage and the earliest days of our nation. She was a member of the Clarks Summit Evangelical Free Bible Church, where her faith was ever present through her compassion and caring for those who sought her counsel.
The family would especially like to thank Cheryl O'Hora, Madeline Frederick and Ann Roche, who were patient, loving and dedicated caregivers. Without their love and support, Dede would never have been able to remain at her home in Cole Village until her passing. Dede was known to her family as an elegant and sophisticated woman, who had a special gift of expressing her thoughts with loving kindness through the written word and through her generosity.
She is survived by sons, Thomas and wife, Deborah, Pittsburgh; Dr. Lee and wife, Claire, Clarks Summit; and Dr. Neal and wife, Susan, Scott Twp.; and her brother, Dr. Willard L. Noyes and wife, Sandra, Thompson. She was the proud matriarch of a large and extended family of 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Edward W. Davis; an infant sister, Marjory Noyes; two brothers, Edward W. Noyes Jr. and Thomas C. Noyes; stepmother, L. Kathryn Noyes; and her beloved cat, Max.
The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Clarks Summit Evangelical Free Bible Church, Carbondale Road, Waverly, with services by Pastor William A. Jones.
The family will receive relatives and friends Saturday at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., in Clarks Summit, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Maplewood Cemetery, Carbondale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross-Scranton Chapter, 545 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510 or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, NEPA Affiliate, 300 Mulberry St., Suite 305, Scranton, PA 18503.