Kathryn (“Katy”) Janette Davies

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Kathryn (“Katy”) Janette Davies

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Katy Davies
Katy Davies

Kathryn (“Katy”) Janette Davies passed away August 9, 2015 at St. John’s Powers Cottage at age 76.  On November 18, 1938, Katy was born in her home in Esmond, South Dakota, by the light of a kerosene lamp to Isabelle and George (“Sam”) Salter.  The Salter family moved to Illinois in 1941 and then moved back to Carthage, South Dakota where she attended school until her high school graduation in 1956.  After graduation she attended St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron, South Dakota, where she worked for a short period of time as a clinical instructor and nurse.

Katy met the love of her life, Jim Davies, in Huron, South Dakota and they were married on August 20, 1960 at Saint Martin’s Catholic Church.  They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this month.  Katy and Jim moved to Billings, Montana in 1963 and have lived in Billings ever since (with the exception of 3 years in Phoenix, Arizona).

Katy most of all loved her time spent with family and friends.  She loved to decorate and entertain, especially during the holidays.  Katy had a great sense of humor and loved practical jokes and making people laugh.  Some of the most cherished moments of Katy’s life included travelling to many parts of the world with Jim, many trips back to her hometown of Carthage, South Dakota for family and school reunions, fifty plus years of camping in the Black Hills of South Dakota with special friends and family, enjoying the activities of her many grandchildren, and many get-togethers and trips with close neighbors including Christmas tree cutting and an annual trip to Chico Hot Springs where Katy performed her iconic “canon-ball” dive into the pool.

Katy was an avid volunteer.  Her volunteer career started at the YWCA in the late 70’s.  She was a board member for several years (including one term as President).  From there, she continued working on auction fundraisers.  She was a 1996 YWCA Salute to Women Honoree.  Katy was also very active with Eagle Mount and chaired Eagle Mount’s auction committee for Eagle Fest for 9 years. Katy was honored with the Eagle Mount Volunteer of the Year award in 2012.  Other volunteer efforts included the Boys and Girls Club and Golden Apple Award. She was also very active in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church serving on the Parish Council, and as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.  Throughout her volunteer work she contributed many of her own craft items to the auctions in which she helped.  Her volunteer work was always motivated by the people it benefitted and the people with whom she worked.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; four children, Mark (Jeanne) of Billings, MT; Christine (Lance) Hoskins of Billings, MT; Karen (Bill) Brace of Cincinnati, OH; and Patrick (Sarah) of Billings, MT; nine grandchildren, Michael Davies; Brandon, Justin, Mara and Shae Hoskins; Daniel, Thomas and Ryan Brace; and Karver Kinne; and two sisters, Judy Mishoulam and Carol Patterson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Mary, and grandson, Rhys Hoskins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the YWCA, Eagle Mount, the Boys & Girls Club or a charity of your choice.  A special thanks to the devoted caregivers at the Powers Cottage of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries for their love, support and friendship throughout her stay.

Visitation will be held 1-5pm Wednesday. Vigil services will be 7pm Wednesday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. The Funeral Mass will be 10am Thursday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church followed by the Rite of Committal at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.

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  1. I first met Katy at the Boys and Girls club during the planning for the Gordon Eldredge Dinner Auction. Katy really knew her stuff and help the club raise the level of the auction donations and set the pace for us today. I will always remember her for the times working on the auctions. My prayers and thought are with Jim and the family. Rest in Peace Katy your time of serving others has been fulfilled and you are being served by the angels now.

  2. I had the pleasure of working with Katy and Dwight Mackay for a number of years when we were involved with the Eagle Fest fundraiser. She was a remarkable lady and will be missed.

  3. Judy Grande Johnson

    I was an Eagle Mount board member when Katy was involved in our Eaglefest fundraiser. She did an amazing job and I was always thankful for her dedication and tremendous organization. Katy was a gracious energetic lady and I am happy to have known her. God bless Jim and her family.

  4. I first met Kathy in Fourth Grade at Carthage, South Dakota, and we were friends throughout our school days. I remember her two sisters and Mom and Dad and the family running the pool hall in Carthage. Our class of ’56 was the bestest there was, and all of our classmates were super. I enjoyed the class reunions and in thinking back to all of those years brings back a lot of very pleasant memories, therefore Thanks for the Memories — To Jim and family, May the Love you shared live on in memory after beautiful memory. Memoires to treasure forever and smile about what you had. Ken and Billie Kessel, (Roseville CA)

  5. I met Katy at the YWCA in the 70’s and 80’s. It didn’t take long to realize what a special lady she was. So many fun memories-several years at the YWCA bazaars, working all year long for Christmas bazaars at Katy’s house, delicious lunches she so graciously hosted. By the way, I can’t remember ever seeing her without every hair in place looking like she walked out of a magazine! To know Katy was to love her. She touched so many lives and I feel fortunate to be one of them. May God bless her family. May the love she had for each one help to heal the pain of loss. Rest in peace, Katy. You left this world a better place because you were here.

  6. Jim and Carol Erkens

    Jim and I were very saddened to learn of Katy’s passing. She was always one person whom I wished I had known better. When we moved to Red Lodge in 1993 we lost track of most of our St. Thomas acquaintances. Our children knew each other growing up and attending Boulder Ave. grade school, and then Will James and West High. Our condolences to all of you. Jim and Carol Erkens

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