December 9,1917 – January 3, 2019

Jean Carter Davis will be well remembered by friends and family as a talented, curious, adventurous, and optimistic person. She was a passionate artist and golfer-enjoying both well into her late nineties. She passed away peacefully on January 3, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Jean lived life to the fullest. Born in Olympia, Washington on December 9, 1917, to Louis E. Carter and Grace A. Carter, Jean moved to Seattle as a young girl and graduated from Roosevelt High School. After graduating from the University of Washington, she taught for two years at Vancouver High School. In 1942 she married David Tracy Davis, a CPA in Bellevue, Washington. Following the birth of two daughters, Jean immersed herself in various community and leadership activities including Mercer Island Visual Arts League Board Member, Camp Fire Girls, PTA President, substitute teacher and many positions with the Christian Science Church. She and Dave were Charter members of the Overlake Golf and Country Club in Medina, where she served as Women’s Captain. She was also on the board at the Seattle Women’s University Club.

Jean was a well-known artist in the Seattle area and was particularly adept at painting scenes and portraits. She often combined her love of art with travel, especially enjoying traveling with her family. For over 20 years, she and her grandson, Tyler, traveled together throughout the world sharing a wide range of memorable experiences. An experience fondly remembered by many was at a Colorado dude ranch where Jean rode a mountain bike up the Colorado Mountains at the age of 80 with a group of teenagers.

Jean enjoyed brain stimulating activities each day. She was an avid bridge player and delighted in a new endeavor, Mah Jongg. She enjoyed reading many national publications and participating in discussions involving issues of the world.

In 2012 Jean moved to the Mirabella Portland to be closer to her daughter’s family. After 70 years on Mercer Island, Washington Jean left behind many relatives, friends, and neighbors but was delighted to be welcomed with open arms by her new wonderful friends at the Mirabella where she will be dearly missed.

Jean was predeceased by her husband Dave in 1982, her daughter JoAnn in 1991, her sister, Betty Finrow and brother, Louis Carter. She is survived by daughter, Robin Case (Len), grandson, Tyler (Ashley), and two great grandchildren, Miles and Marlowe, all of Portland.

Jean requested that no service be held. However, gifts in her memory may be made to Urban Gleaners, PO Box 6344, Portland, OR 97228 (online donations:


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