EDITORIAL: Davis's service made her community a better place

Jun. 26, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Some people in the Sanford area may not have known Evelyn Davis, yet benefitted greatly from her generosity.

Davis died this month, but she will be long remembered for her service to the Meals on Wheels of Sanford.

The Meals of Wheels board of directors unanimously decided to confer the title of board member emeritus to her, stating that she “left behind not only a loving family and many friends, but a continuing legacy of service to the homebound community of Sanford.”

Davis was part of a group known as Church Women United that began delivering meals to elderly or infirm members of their church communities in 1974, according to a Meals on Wheels announcement.

The statement went on to say that Davis “actively oversaw the growth of Meals on Wheels of Sanford, and many homebound citizens receive their main meal each day delivered by a smiling, friendly volunteer from the five major church congregations that service Meals on Wheels because of her dedication.”

It was right and fitting for Meals on Wheels to award her this posthumous honor — recognizing her many years of selfless service.

“We will all miss her,” according to the statement, “but she will always be thought of as a driving force for Meals on Wheels of Sanford and this caring ministry.”

To the Evelyn Davis family, thank you for your mother’s contributions to this community. She was a treasure — and the place she called home is much better for her goodness and kindness.