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In loving memory of
Dorothy May Bains Davis
  • March 22, 1928
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  • August 08, 2022

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The world was a brighter place on March 22, 1928 when Dorothy May Bains was born. She was loved and cherished by her mother Gertrude and her father Richard. In fact, her father hired a full-time nurse to make sure nothing happened to her at the hospital. All those who loved her called her Dot. She had a fun and exciting time growing up. She had many friends and an older brother, Dick Bains, who loved her very much. Dot was a very bright young lady and precocious in many ways. She attended a Catholic school in Milwaukee and they noticed her academic talents and double promoted her during her elementary years. She loved to read and this stayed with her her entire life. She also loved to draw. This hobby later became her profession as she moved into the life of a professional fine artist. She went to the University of South Florida to study art and it was during that time that she began to paint with both acrylics and oil, draw and create prints of her work. Very quickly she began to rack up awards which included many first place, best of shows awards, and she was asked to join many museum and private collections. She was also installed into “Who’s Who in American Art”. She leaves behind treasures that we have hanging on our walls. After her arthritis prevented her from painting she began to play duplicate bridge. This was another one of her loves.  She wanted to do it at least five days a week and created many good friends in the bridge community. She was married to Hubert Real and they had four wonderful children. It was many years later though that she found the love of her life Clay Davis. They loved to travel and we’re definitely foodies. They enjoyed exploring the different culinary options in the cities they visited. May 11 of this year they celebrated their 50th anniversary. It was a wonderful celebration and each of us that know their relationship is a little jealous of the special friendship and love they had for each other. On August 8, 2022 Dorothy May Bains Davis went to heaven. She was surrounded by her family as she crossed over The Rainbow Bridge. She will be loved and missed by her husband Clay Davis and her children Donna Wood, Tracy and Tom Langkau and Mark and Jeanne Real. Her son Bert Real is deceased, and we are sure they’re having a wonderful reunion in heaven. She also leaves behind four grandchildren that she loved very much Chris and Suzanna Nichols, Kristina and Dave Crabtree, Jonathan and Janae Wood and Shannon Nichols. These wonderful grandchildren gave her five great grandchildren Lilly Wood, Tripp Crabtree, Bransen Harris, Savannah Crabtree, Jonny Wood, Jesse Wood, Sara Nichols and her dog Cody. As you can see she left behind many people that loved her, many memories and beautiful artwork that will last through the years. 


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  1. Tracy Nichols says:
    24 Aug 2022
    What a adventure we had together, the long talks and the unconditional love you had for us never judging. You always been the rock of the family. You inspired me to be a better woman. Paint the heavens for me and send a kiss.
    I love you my sweet mama and miss you so much.
    Your daughter,

  2. Mark Real says:
    24 Aug 2022
    Love is the greatest gift of all, and my sweet mamma showed us that in so many ways. GOD blessed her in this life, and now is blessing her with the love of a perfect life in heaven.

    I will always miss her and I will be with her someday, as I am with her in my heart now.

    I love you, mamma…

    Your loving son,

  3. Rob Sharpstein says:
    24 Aug 2022
    Dot lit up the room when she walked in, with her bright smile and can do attitude. I have so enjoyed knowing over these many years, and like so many, will miss her dearly. We all need to keep her memories and life's lessons alive.

  4. 5d6d says:
    24 Aug 2022
    Grandma Dot was one of the most interesting people I’ve had in my life. I loved listening to her and Grandpa talk about how they met, things they did together and hearing of just how much they loved each other. It’s a true blessing to get to call her family and we will miss seeing her at every family get together. Thank you for everything Dot, you will never be forgotten and we will tell all of your stories to our little one Sara. We love you Grandma!!!

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