Ardath R. “Grandma” Davies, 100, passed quietly at home surrounded by friends and family on October 2, 2008. She was a devoted mother, grandmother (to all), aunt, sister, cousin, wife and a friend to all who knew her. She lived in Fallbrook for 56 years.
Ardath was born on Dec. 2, 1907, in Salt Lake City, UT. She attended the University of Utah and received a degree from the LDS Business College in 1926. She had an extensive work history as an administrative assistant with University of Utah, Burns Detective Agency, Bureau of Entomology, Army Air Corps and Manpower Corp. as well as local employment at Camp Pendleton and the US Naval Weapons Station from 1953 until 1978.
She married her sweetheart, Giles Davies, on April 26, 1940, in San Bernardino. Giles passed away July of 1990. She had two children, Jonnette Coughran (killed in an auto accident in 1978) and Milton Davies of Fallbrook. She is survived by her son Milton, daughter-in-law Marilynn of Fallbrook, 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Grandma Davies was active in the LDS church her whole life. In the early 1950s, along with many other devoted Relief Society sisters, she was instrumental in fundraising activities. They catered dinners for the Lions Club and Rotary to raise money to build the first LDS church at 400 East College Street. She held various callings in the church and was a host family for 97 young missionaries serving in the Fallbrook area over the last 13 years.
Ardath was an active member in TOPS organization for the last 20 years. During the 1970-1980s she and Giles went on many outings with the Fallbrook Exploradores RV Club. She was an accomplished Scrabble player and enjoyed beating most who dared to enter the ring with her. She had a sharp mind and could remember many childhood stories and events throughout her life with detailed recall.
Perhaps her greatest gift was her ability to accept, forgive and, most of all, love all who crossed her pathway in life. She had a special way of making you feel loved and wanted no matter what your circumstances. She will be dearly missed by all.
The family wishes to thank all who cared for her and Fallbrook Hospice.