Elaine O. Davis, 86, died peacefully at the Village at Kensington Place in Meriden after a year-long struggle. Her family is grateful to the staff at the Village and the hospice nurses from Vitas for the kind and loving care they provided to Elaine and her family during her final days. Elaine was born in New York State and grew up in New Haven, CT, attending Hillhouse High School, where she met her beloved husband and best friend, Richard E. “Dave” Davis. They married in 1953, after Dave returned from European service during the Korean War, and moved to Wallingford to start a family. They shared 51 happy years together there until Dave’s death in 2004. Elaine—“Grammy” to her grandkids—will be remembered lovingly for her dry martinis and her drier wit, her famous hot-dog and grilled-cheese lunches, and the love and attention she provided to her family over the years. Elaine is survived by her sister, Clara “Garby” Rice; her children, Steve (Joan) Davis and Gaye Davis Puzycki; her grandchildren Naomi (Nick) Odell, Ryan Puzycki (Dorian Leary), Nadine (Dan) Caruthers, Joshua (Allison) Puzycki, Nicole (Kyle) Biega, and Molly Puzycki (David Wright); her great-grandchildren Jamison, Noah, Ashton & Brantley Odell, Johnny Passmore & Audrey Caruthers, Summer Becky Biega, and Jackson Puzycki; her in-laws Loraine & Larry Trudell and Morris Burr; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Beverly Davis, and in-laws Stillman Rice, Arlene Burr, and Kenneth & Barbara Davis. Arrangements in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, Hamden. Elaine will be interred with her husband at In Memoriam Cemetery in Wallingford in a private ceremony at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elaine's memory may be made to Vitas Healthcare, 199 Park Rd. Extension 102, Middlebury, CT 06072. Her family asks that everyone please share a glass of wine and a laugh in Elaine’s memory.

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  1. Gaye and Family, We are so sorry for your loss.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..

  2. Gaye and Family, We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May God help you find faith to guide you through your sadness. May He bless you and keep you in the comfort of His arms, for God’s love will bring you peace. He will keep an open place in your hearts to hold her memories forever. Know that you are in our prayers, Rick and Lynn Tobin

  3. I will never forget .couch time at Grandma Elaine’s.; .what kind of mystery meat is this.; .shirt’s up in the back girls., or freezer candy. Your dry sense of humor and your wit is what made me fall in love with you in such a short amount of time! I am so blessed to have gotten to know you and you will always hold a special place in my heart! I love you .Grandma Elaine. and we will play pinata backpack again!!!!! Xoxoxo

  4. Steve and family, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your Mom. She will always remain in your hearts and watch you from above.

  5. Steve & Gaye, the loss of your mom is being felt by all the people she touched during her life. I will always remember Auntie El’s laugh. My memories of her and Uncle Dave will forever be in my mind and soul. Those memories span my childhood, from family gatherings at Poppy’s, to your home on Lynn Drive, to the Lake House and to our house in Hampton. When looking at family photos, which your dad took so many of, you can see Auntie’s El love for life. She will be missed, but will always be cherished. My deepest sympathy to you and your families.

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