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- Published on 04 June 2014
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Services for Joyce Elaine Stripling Davis, age 90 of Austin, formerly of Mount Vernon, were at 1 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.
Mrs. Davis was born February 18, 1924 in Howard County, Tex. to Alta Estelle Hull and Leslie Dayton Stripling.
She was the valedictorian of her high school class in Crystal City, Tex. She attended Baylor University in Waco. At a time when it was rare for women to be accepted into medical school, she pressured the dean of the Baylor College of Medicine until he relented and her medical education began. She married Phil Davis of Mount Vernon in 1946. Both practiced medicine in Mount Vernon around 1950. She was a pediatrician, and he practiced general medicine.
From 1956 to 1975, Mrs. Davis taught pathology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She then accepted the post of chair of the department of Pathology at the new Texas A&M University College of Medicine where she served until retiring in 1990. She was a lifelong Baptist and progressive Democrat and taught Sunday school from age 19 until she was 88 years old.
Mrs. Davis died May 8, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Scott, and sisters Bettye and Margaret.
She is survived by her husband, Phil, of Austin; children, Roger and wife, Lynne, of Waco, Diane of Lago Vista, Tex., and Mark and wife, Barby, of San Angelo; daughter-in-law, Denise of Waco; sister, Celia of Smithville, Tex; brother-in-law, Bruce Oliver of Austin, and Tom King of Livingston; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.