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Nancy Jeanne (Stults) Davis
  • Cancer Care Center at Bronson Battle Creek
    300 North Avenue
    Battle Creek, MI 49017
  • Lakeview Schools Education Fund
    15 Arbor Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49014

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“A good friend, she and her brother David were always present with kindness with their family through years at Lakeview and First Methodist Church . ...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Robert Wheeler - Reno, NV

“My family were life long members of First United Methodist Church Battle Creek and I knew Nancy all my life. What a loss. She was always kind and had...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Fran Williamson Williams - FL

“We were so sad to see Nancy's beautiful smiling face in the Obituaries. I volunteered at Riverside when my 4 children were in school there. Our...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Vicki Perrin-Swisher - MI

“Dear Beth, Julie, Tim and families, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a sweet woman and a great friend to my parents. Our...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Shilling - Homer, MI

“The Davis family have all been a huge part of my church life. Nancy and Jim were two of the kindest people I have ever known. She had a wonderful...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Cathi Moore - Auburn, MA

“BEAUTIFUL service..Nancy was one of the kindest, most caring people I have ever known. I know I am a better person for having had her in my life. I...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Christy Livingston

“Nancy is going to be missed by so many people. She was one of the kindest most caring and passionate people I have ever met. I am going to miss her...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Jones - Battle Creek, MI

“I shared a classroom with Nancy for several years at Riverside. I can't speak highly enough about this wonderful woman. She was such a caring teacher...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Peggy Bohl - Battle Creek, MI

“The Davis' were neighbors when I was a child and when I moved back to my childhood home a few years ago I was so glad to have Nancy for a neighbor...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Kevin Smith - Battle Creek, MI

“Brian and I had the pleasure of welcoming Nancy into our family when her wonderful son Tim married our daughter Melanie. From day one we became...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Deb and Brian True - Plainwell, MI

“Nancy & I were cousins. Growing up we lived only a couple blocks from each other. But, Nancy went to Lakeview schools and I went to Battle Creek...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Annette Hack - Fountain, MI

“Nancy's grace and caring would fill any room. She was a beautiful wife, mother, and a nurturing grandmother. She was a blessing to the First UMC...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Rev. Marshall Murphy - MI

“God bless the family during this very difficult time. Nancy was a friend to everyone she met. Westlake Elementary was where we became friends and...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Mona Stanley - Battle Creek, MI

“We like anyone who knew Nancy will miss her. She was a hard worker for the church and we served on the Endowment Committee together. She came to our...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Helen and Don Larder - MI

“Sending my sincere condolences to the Davis family. I first met your mom/grandma when when substitute taught in Lakeview Schools in the early 80's....Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Rich - Battle Creek, MI

“I am deeply sorry about Nancy's death. She was such a generous person and so kind to me. I fondly remember outings to Friends with her and other...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Pulsipher - Friend

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Nancy Jeanne (Stults) Davis, age 75, of Battle Creek, passed away on Thursday March 4, 2021. She was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on August 17, 1945, the daughter of Loren and Jeannetta (Nimmo) Stults. Nancy graduated from Lakeview High School with the class of 1963 and received a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University before starting her teaching career in Baldwin, Michigan where she and Jim lived while Jim finished his degree at Ferris.

Nancy married Jim Davis at the First United Methodist Church in Battle Creek; he sadly preceded her in death on May 3, 2015. She is survived by her three children, Elizabeth (Matt) Mahlstedt of Waterloo, Iowa, Julie (Garth Ryan) Davis of Kalamazoo and Tim (Melanie) Davis of Battle Creek; four grandchildren, Mason Stilwell, Micheal Johnson, Claire Davis and Elspeth Ryan 'and one great-granddaughter, Maddyson Johnson; her brothers, David Stults and Brian (Jackie) Stults; and several, much loved, nieces, nephews and cousins. She touched many lives as an early elementary reading teacher at Riverside Elementary in Battle Creek before retiring to spend time with her new granddaughter in 2008.

In addition to teaching, Nancy spent many years as a child care provider. She was also a girl scout and cub scout troop leader, a room mother and an active PTA member. She participated in several booster groups at Lakeview schools and was a band camp chaperone for several years. Nancy was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Battle Creek and was very active on various church councils and organizations throughout her life. For several years, she was also a church organist. Her first job was as a mother and she spent much of her life caring for her children.

Nancy's favorite pastime was to spend time with family including her grandkids, nieces and nephews. She never missed a performance or sporting event that her children or grandchildren participated in. As an avid reader, Nancy created a large collection of children's books that she loved to share with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing (she sewed hundreds of masks in the past year), traveling with her family and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren.

After a two year battle with lymphoma and a four month battle with COVID, Nancy passed away peacefully at Bronson Methodist Hospital with family by her side. Her friends and family know how fiercely and bravely she battled these illnesses and will forever remember her for her generous and determined spirit.

Due to current Covid restrictions, a family memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20th. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at A larger celebration of Nancy's life will be held later in the year when it is safe for family and friends to gather. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the First United Methodist Church, the Cancer Care Center at Bronson Battle Creek Medical Oncology Fund, or the Lakeview Schools Education Fund. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.