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Ruth Christel Davis
September 13, 1941 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Ruth Christel Davis, beloved mother and grandmother, aunt and sister, passed away on January 23, 2024, at Danbury Hospital. She was 82.
Born on Sept. 13, 1941, in Zweibrücken, Germany, Christel was the daughter of Frieda and August Schmahl. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from college with a teacher's degree that she used to help her German students learn to speak English.
She married a member of the US Air Force and spent several years bouncing back and forth between Germany and the US. She had two daughters and eventually settled in America, becoming a citizen decades later so that she could exercise her right to vote. She lived in South Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey before settling in Danbury in 1987. Christel valued education, and earned her Master's Degree in Accounting at WCSU in 1995 at age 54. She worked and volunteered as an accountant/bookkeeper for many area businesses and charities.
Christel loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker, visiting many of the national parks and taking her grandsons camping and kayaking to instill a love of nature in them. She traveled with her friends and family to visit beautiful places around the world including Iceland, Hawaii, Alaska, Russia, Turkey, and the Baltics. Christel was a proud member of St. James Episcopal Church for 35 years, serving in the vestry and taking on the role of playing the carillon on Sundays and teaching that skill to others. She was also integral in organizing, funding and marketing the annual summer concert series that brought skilled carillonneurs from far and wide to play the bells at St. James.
She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Carlucci (Vincent Carlucci) and Christine Davis (James Tracey), her grandchildren Christian and Nicholas Carlucci, her brothers Otto Schmahl, Gerhard Schmahl and her sister Irmgard Neumann as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Heinrich Schmahl.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26 at St. James Episcopal Church, 25 West Street, Danbury, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. James Episcopal Church Carillon Fund in her memory.