Dorothy Creager Davis

July 01, 1927 - April 22, 2023


Obituary For Dorothy Creager Davis

RALEIGH — Dorothy Creager Davis, age 95, of Raleigh, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, April 22, 2023 at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Center in Raleigh. She was born July 1, 1927 in Bicknell, Indiana to Donald and Rachel Bicknell Creager. She was known as “Dorothy” to her family, as “Dottie” to all her friends and as “Gram” by her grandchildren.

She had lived in Charlotte for most of her life and considered it her home. Her husband, Thomas Warren Davis, preceded her in death as did her brothers, Dr. Charles Creager of Kansas and Bruce Creager of California.

Dorothy was the middle sister of two highly respected brothers and lived and grew up in Washington, IN until marrying husband, Tom, and living in Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, and to Philadelphia, PA. They moved to Asheville, NC in 1960. After a short move to Pittsburgh, PA, Dorothy and Tom returned to Charlotte for the rest of their married lives.

Dorothy was active in the community, supporting Charlotte generously, contributing time and effort through a variety of important service and charitable organizations. She was a strong supporter of The Hospitality House of Charlotte having been a board member and served as a chair. Dorothy also worked with The Mint Museum of Charlotte and supported other cultural institutions.

After staying home for 25 years to raise her children, she embarked on a successful career for a number of years with The Mattel Toy Company.

Dorothy was an avid collector of folk art with a deep respect for literature and music. She was very active in her book club and a voracious reader. Dorothy was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and then Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church after moving to Raleigh to live at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother who had respect for her family and friends and was always willing to help and contribute to better others. Dorothy enjoyed a good game of bridge, enjoyed a good martini, watching Jeopardy (she never missed a show), was a noted conversationalist with a good sense of humor and a warm laugh.

She is survived by her three children, Donald Davis and his wife, Susan Enscore of Champaign, IL, Michael Davis and his wife, Ann of Newark, DE, and Jill (Davis) Priester and her husband Pete Priester of Raleigh, NC; four grandchildren, Matt Davis (wife Erika) and Kelsey Davis Sileo (husband Andrew), Tom Priester and Becky Priester; two great-grandchildren, Derek and Tori Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2023 at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh NC 27609 with Aleta Ash and Debbie Kirk presiding. Visitation will be after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospitality House of Charlotte,1400 Scott Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 and Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Condolences may be made online with Renaissance Funeral Home of Raleigh, NC.


28 Apr

Post Service Gathering

Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church 4921 Six Forks Rd Raleigh, NC 27609 Get Directions »
28 Apr

Memorial Service

02:00 PM

Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church 4921 Six Forks Rd Raleigh, NC 27609 Get Directions »
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  • April 25, 2023

    MaryLou and I extend our sincere condolences to the Davis and Priester Families. Tom and Dottie were the closest friends of my parents, Matt and Fran and our families enjoyed many great times together. Your mother was an inspiration for all of us. May she rest in peace knowing that she leaves a beautiful family and many dear friends. Matt and MaryLou Russ, Palm Bay, FL

  • April 25, 2023

    It was a pleasure meeting Mrs. Davis while traveling through the area, with her son Michael. She welcomed me into her home with a bright smile and warm greeting. While there I really enjoyed our conversation about her wonderful collection of folk art as her room was wonderfully decorated with it. I know she was loved dearly by her friends and family and will be missed by them all. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family during this time. Adam Kupis

  • April 25, 2023

    What a beautiful soul your mother was! She lived a wonderful life and blessed me with so many memories. Love to you all, Kathy Russ Worley

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