Donna Fay Davis, 84, passed away July 26, 2021. She was born October 11, 1936 in Kewanee, Missouri to the late Harry Tucker and Sally Tippin.
Donna married Robert “Bob” Pawloski in Sikeston, Missouri. They had three sons and a daughter. Donna lost him unexpectedly to a heart attack in 1973. In 1975, Donna found someone to spend the rest of her life with when she met Jim Davis. After spending 25 years together, she again became a widow in 2000.
Donna found her love and passion working with children. She began teaching Kindergarten in 1964 at “The Little Red School House” in Newport, Arkansas and continued working with children at the “Ding Dong Campus” Childcare in Jacksonville, Arkansas from 1971-1977. She had bigger dreams within the childcare system and opened her own center, “Humpty Dumpty Child Care Center” in Jacksonville, Arkansas in 1977. She operated “Humpty Dumpty” until 1989 when she planned to retire. After a year break, she realized she wasn’t quite finished so she started and directed Rebsamen Child Care Center in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She officially retired in 1999.
Donna had many awards for the accomplishments in her lifetime:
1985 President of the Jacksonville Business & Professional Women
1986 Citizen of the year named by Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s Presidents Council
1986 Name “Woman of the Year” by Jacksonville Business & Professional Women
1988-1989 President of Arkansas Childcare Providers Association
1997 Named “Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of Arkansas” by the Early Childhood Association – Awarded by Governor Huckabee
1999 Served on the Early Childhood Commission appointed by the Governor
2000 Named “Child Care Director of the Year” by the Arkansas Child Care Providers Association
Donna enjoyed giving back to her community and was a member of many organizations such as: Director of Volunteers at Rebsamen Auxiliary, Member of The Eastern Star of Arkansas, Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Member of the Sertoma Club of Jacksonville, and Daughters of the Nile.
Donna is preceded in death by her mother Sally Tippin; father Harry Tucker; sisters Tootsie Cantrell and Dorothy Frederman; brother Frankie Tucker; and daughter Nancy Drury.
Donna leaves behind her sons Robert James “Jim” Pawloski (Kris); Robert “Bobby” Pawloski; Steven Pawloski; grandchildren Shawn Pawloski (Kerry), Tina Biller, Sonya Pawloski, and Amber Pawloski; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers Jimmy Tucker and Bill Tucker (Carolyn); sister Shirley Acuff; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Donna’s visitation will be Monday, August 2, 2021 at 9:00am at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Funeral Service will follow at 10:00am. Burial will be at Little Rock National Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400
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