Michele ‘Mesha’ Davis

Davis, MichelleMay 2, 1950 — May 7, 2014

After a 16-month battle against uterine cancer, Michele “Mesha” Davis passed away on May 7, 2014, in Auburn, surrounded by her husband Keenan and eight children.

Mesha was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 2,1950, to J. Clement and Eva Havers Andersen Lapp. She has two brothers, Eric and Gary. She went to high school in Malaysia and the Philippines and graduated from Fairfax High School, in Fairfax, Va. In 1970, while at the University of Copenhagen, Mesha met her Keenan Davis on a trip to France, at Chartres Cathedral. They married and lived in Switzerland. They returned to the U.S. in 1971 to begin their family.

She loved being a full-time mother and found great joy in creating heaven-on-earth in her home. Her ability to make her family feel loved and celebrated was unparalleled.

Mesha was a member of the Davis community for 27 years and lived in Auburn for the last seven. She was a strong advocate for families and traditional values, lobbying for international regulations at the U.N. and before a wide array of audiences.

Mesha and Keenan joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1972. Mesha served as a teacher, counselor and leader. Keenan and Mesha worked in the Sacramento LDS Temple for six years.

Mesha is survived by her husband Keenan and their eight children & grandchildren; Geoff (wife Darcie, children: Tennie, Adele, Ceci), Ingrid (husband Trent, children: TK, Taeya, Mitchell, Anders, Lucie), Emily (husband Mike, children: Bailey, Zoey & Tate), Ian (wife Liz, children: Jamison, Elise, Claire). Nikki, Christian (wife Heather), Erica (husband Davey, children Eli & Kate), Brittany (husband Jacob); mother, Eva Lapp; brother, Eric Lapp (wife Mala, children Alison and John); sister-in-law, Sue Ann Lapp (children Monica & Stacey); & brother-in-law Ted Davis.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center in Auburn, 1255 Bell Road. Please wear happy colors.

Flowers may be sent to Price Funeral Chapel at 6335 Sunrise Blvd. Citrus Heights, CA 95610. You are welcome to make a donation to the Mesha Davis Memorial Fund (reference “Geoff Davis in Trust for Mesha Davis”) at Bank of America, or mail to 40 North State Street, #6A, Salt Lake City, UT 84103.

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