Stephanie Newhouse Davis

February 7, 1949


May 30, 2021

Stephanie Newhouse Davis

February 7, 1949


May 30, 2021

Stephanie Newhouse Davis died May 30, 2021, nine months after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. She passed away at her home in Billings, surrounded by family.

Stephanie Newhouse was born on Feb. 7, 1949, in Shelby, to William Erwin “W.E.” Newhouse and Mary Lorann Wells, and was the second of five children. Her father was active in the grain elevator and ranching industries of Northern Montana. After graduating from Cut Bank High School in 1967, she pursued a pharmacy degree at the University of Montana, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. In 1970, she married her high school sweetheart, Dennis Davis. They moved to Miles City, where he became involved the operations of the new family business of United Beverage and she launched her pharmacy career at the Osco and Big Sky Pharmacies. This was followed by an extensive career with the Veteran’s Administration. It was uncommon to see a female pharmacist in 1973, but this was not the only way in which she remained a pioneer in her profession. She went on to take an active role in clinical pharmacy at the VA. Today, the role of a clinical pharmacist to collaborate with physicians in medication management is commonplace in a hospital, but it was a new concept in the early 1980s and one which she embraced and thoroughly enjoyed. She went on to obtain a doctorate at the University of Chicago at Illinois. After divorcing and launching her children into adulthood, she pursued another pioneering endeavor by completing a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Pharmacoeconomics. She particularly enjoyed the challenge of evaluating research on the efficacy of prescription drugs to determine which are worth their cost and those that are not. After living in Madison, Wisconsin, for many years to pursue her career, she was happy to return home to Montana after retirement to be near family and old friends.

She remained dedicated to her family throughout her life and enjoyed entertaining, cooking and playing bridge. She is survived by son Matthew (Erika) Davis and twin granddaughters Lauren and Kaylee Davis of Minneapolis, as well as daughter Katie Davis of Colorado Springs. Siblings include her sisters Lottie Lohman of Billings, Karen (Len) Kaus of O’Fallon, Illinois, and Lisa Dunning of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in addition to multiple nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Lorann Newhouse; and brother Bill Newhouse.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Stillwater Hospice and the many family and friends who helped Stephanie though this illness. A private family service will be held at a later date. 

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12 thoughts on “Stephanie Newhouse Davis”

  1. Grievously missed by her Madison friends, who remember her courage and generosity. She brought us unsparing western hospitality with wonderful salmon dinners, all the while working as a model for women’s professional achievement. She found time to host Christmas get-togethers. We all marveled at the elaborate Christmas stockings she embroidered for all her family. She was always a loving resource for her adult children. We all think of her as the epitome of a good friend.

  2. Margaret M Balsam

    Katie and Matthew so sorry for your loss. Stephanie was a friend in Miles City ,beautiful and accomplished in every way.

    1. Charlene K Gunther

      I am so sad to hear of Stephanie’s passing. I worked as her Secretary to Pharmacy Service at the VA in Miles City. She was always such a classy lady and was highly respected at the VA. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Lottie, I was so sorry to see Stef’s obituary. I know you’ll miss her. I’m sending you good thoughts. I hope we can get back in touch.

  4. Katie and Matt I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Losing a parent is so hard. Please know I’m thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  5. Christine Gregory

    Dear Katie and Matt, please accept my most heartfelt sympathy. Your mom was a great friend and treasured colleague early in our careers at the VA in Miles City. I think of a quote by Pericles, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Your mom touched so many lives through her expert professional service and teaching. Most of all she touched everyone with love. Your mom will be missed and remembered with deep affection.

  6. Marilyn Maffet

    Katie so sorry for the loss of your Beautiful and Sweet Mom! Prayers for you and all your family! Will always remember her and our trip to Colorado Springs with the girls!
    Marilyn Maffet

  7. Bonnie Brumfield

    Katie, our golfing girls will forever remember your Mom as a sweet loving lady, carrying along power for ladies influencing health and wellness. Gotta love a gal that plays golf and bridge.
    Warm Hugs, Bonnie B.
    Come back to Kentucky!

  8. Nancy Getter Walker

    I’m so very much appreciate that we got to get reacquainted these pass several years since our Cut Bank years. Stephanie’s accomplishments were remarkable. She was gracious, smart and funny. Our hearts are with you, Lottie, Katie and Matt and the family.

  9. Jane Cooper McCaughey

    Katie and Matthew,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please extend my deepest sympathies to your entire family. I knew them all growing up in Cut Bank, MT. I have found memories of the Newhouse ranch and the times I was invited to stay there. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  10. Linda Waggoner Vidanage

    To all Steph’s family, I am so sorry she is gone. What a fine woman she was and I feel privileged to have been one of her high school friends. I should have know that this gal who could type faster than anyone in class would go on to accomplish so much and open new doors in her profession. I loved Steph’s wry sense of humor and our more recent sharing of family stories and talks about life’s full circle. I so admired her.

  11. Katie and Matt-
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I worked with Stephanie for several years at Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions. I just loved her- she was such a warm, funny, kind, and smart lady. Whenever she spoke of you- she just lit up. I know you will miss her greatly- I am glad to know she is at peace.
    Amy Valley

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