Patricia (Pat) Ann Davis, 78, died unexpectedly, yet peacefully, in her sleep from heart failure in her home in Helena on Tuesday, August 30th. She was born in Panama to Dorothy and Harold Petty on May 24, 1944, where her father worked to support the war effort fixing ships damaged in the Pacific theater. She was the first of five children.
After the war, her family spent most of their years in Florida where her mother would limit her reading to three books a week. An ambitious reader and writer, Pat graduated college at Auburn in Alabama with an English degree and then moved to Washington DC where she worked for several years at the Washington Post as a reporter. She then moved to Montana in 1970 to take a position at the Great Falls Tribune, where she fell in love with Montana. She moved to Helena in 1975 where she has lived ever since.
In her career Pat became an accomplished and prolific writer who utilized her talents in a variety of occupations, which included: Reporter for the Washington Post, then a features editor (and first female reporter) for the Great Falls Tribune, she wrote advertising for Sage Advertising in Helena (where her commercials won several awards), and later wrote radio commercials as an advertising salesperson for KMTX (where she won most creative commercial in Montana), finally, she wrote the food column for the Helena Independent Record for almost 20 years. After retirement she wrote two novels, and although never published, got to the final rounds with several publishing houses. Finally, Pat had a career in Real Estate, where she worked as a realtor for years and later built a rental properties portfolio with her husband Bill.
Pat was a world-class cook, and her recipes and cooking were known and appreciated by friends, family and her community alike. It was often said, that on any given night the best food in Helena was being served at her home.
She was also an accomplished horsewoman. She had extensive experience with both English-style jumping and Western riding. Her husband of 34 years, Bill Davis, is a Helena-area farrier, and it was their love of horses that brought them together. They met in a singles horse club, and their long life together often included trail rides and back-country horse-packing trips.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Bill Davis, her 44-year-old son Scott Lester as well as a brother and sister in Florida and a sister in Hawaii. In addition, she is survived by three grandchildren, Landon Lester (6), Natalie Lester (9) and Liam Lester (11) and her pet dachshund “Rebel.”
A luncheon memorial will be held at Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home at 12 p.m. Saturday, September 17th and a brochure about her life, including a couple of her favorite recipes, will be handed out at the service. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Pat.