Lucy Louise Davis
1924 ∼ 2020
Lucy Louise Davis, formerly Lucy Valente, 95, died on May 9 from complications of
COVID-19, surrounded by brave and loving health care professionals.
Lucy was born on December 27, 1924, the only daughter of Italian immigrants George and
Caroline Valente, who through hard work and perseverance rose to the middle class. Following
their example, Lucy excelled in her studies and graduated with honors from Malden Catholic
As a freshman at Lowell Teacher’s College, she was introduced to her future husband, John F.
“Jack” Davis, by Brother Gilbert, CFX, better known for introducing baseball great Babe Ruth
to the majors. World War II interrupted their romance when Jack left to fight in the Pacific for
the US Navy. There ensued a passionate letter writing campaign. Lucy’s traditional father was
intent on preserving his daughter’s reputation, so Jack sent innocuous letters to her parents’
house, and saved his more romantic missives for her college address.
Lucy graduated as valedictorian from Lowell Teacher’s College and Jack returned home from
the war just days before her college prom. They married and Lucy became a school teacher.
Jack opened Jack Davis Florist and Lucy signed on as store manager.
The couple gave birth to two daughters, Carolyn and Kathryn. In 1965 the pair discovered the
charms of Martha’s Vineyard and returned every summer thereafter. They soon bought an old
sea captain’s house in Vineyard Haven and later built a new home in Oak Bluffs. Upon
retirement they sold their home in Jamaica Plain and moved to the island full time. Lucy
especially loved the bucolic views from Middle Road and beautiful sunsets in Menemsha.
A “wicked” Scrabble player, Lucy could easily defeat her daughters into her 90’s. It wasn’t until
her granddaughter Michelle arrived that she finally met her match.
Lucy’s life-long love, Jack, died two years ago after 69 years of wedded bliss. She is survived
by her two daughters; two sons-in-law Mark Wronski and Gino Del Guercio; four grand
children Kara Oliva, Michael Wronski, Ben Del Guercio and Michelle Estime; their husbands
Jeremey Oliva and Daniel Estime; and three great grandchildren Julian & Lucy Oliva, and
The family requests that any gifts in her name be made to Martha’s Vineyard Community
Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
Funeral services will be held for immediate family only.