Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis, photo by Joseph Grill.

Patricia Davis, photo by Joseph Grill.

Patricia Davis, the eldest daughter of the scientist T. Neil Davis, was a teacher and talented artist, working in ceramics, metalsmithing, glassblowing, papermaking, illustration, spinning, and other disciplines. She illustrated her father’s first book, Alaska Science Nuggets, when she was just a teenager. Photos of her work illustrate a book by her father that directly concerns her, Mired in the Health Care Morass. Patricia owned a house on Alpha Way, and in the last few years of her life was a volunteer for the John Trigg Ester Library.

In her honor, her brother-in-law, Ulises Gonzalez, provided the JTEL with a Toshiba laptop computer for financial records and is working on a state-of-the-art computing system for the new library.

The Davis family has long been a part of Ester and its history. Their mining claims provided access to what later became Sunnyside Subdivision, state land that the Davises and the Belons purchased and divided into multi-acre lots along Stone Road and the roads leading off of it: Amethyst, Sapphire, Emerald (collectively known as “The Lump” in Ester). At the lower end of the village, where still-active mines exist, the Davises held claims along Quartz Road.

Pat’s son, Tom Pollard, and his children, Marina and Jasper (and Pat’s daughter-in-law Varpu) live in the Cripple Creek area. Her widower, Joe Grill, still lives in the house they shared on Alpha Way.