The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 11, 2014

Helen Agnes Davis

Degree of Honor agent co-owned store in WM


- — Helen Agnes Davis of 3 Penn Ave., West Middlesex, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at John XXIII Home, Hermitage. She was 92.

Mrs. Davis was born in Avella, Washington County, Pa., on Jan. 17, 1922, a daughter of John and Mary Matskanich Kushner. She was raised in Farrell and was a proud graduate of Farrell High School in 1940.

She married Dale “Dutch” Davis on May 29, 1943, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 1995.

Helen’s avocation was the Degree of Honor Protective Association, a fraternal insurance organization based in St. Paul, Minn. She was a member since 1951 and held several national offices in sales records including national past president 1989-93; national first vice president from 1985-89; and national second vice president from 1981-85. Helen also served as a national committee-woman.

In 1978, Helen had the most insurance sales nationwide for the company. She earned President’s Club sales honors in 1978, 1987, 1988, and 1989. She retired as a sales agent in 2008.

Helen helped start the Degree of Honor Pennsylvania Lodge 72 in West Middlesex in 1951 and served in all the offices including the position of secretary/treasurer for 30 years. The West Middlesex Lodge was involved in countless community service projects and youth and member activities over the years.

With husband Dale “Dutch” Davis, she owned and operated Davis Service and Grocery in West Middlesex at the top of the viaduct from 1950-92. There, she was affectionately known by the nickname of “Sarge.”

Their family business was a gathering point for many over the years, offering gasoline, groceries and, starting in 1966, licenses for hunting and fishing along with sporting goods. Thousands of stories were exchanged among regular customers at their business. A few of those stories may have been at least somewhat true.

Helen was a member of First Presbyterian Church of West Middlesex.

She loved to knit and crochet items for others and play cards, especially euchre, and played in several leagues as often as possible.

Most important to her was her family.

Surviving are: two sons, Robert “Bob” Davis and his wife Joan, New Wilmington; and Richard “Dick” Davis and his wife Mary Michael, Sharpsville; a brother, Joseph Kushner and his wife Martha, Sharpsville; and granddaughters, Bobbilyn Latimer and her husband Douglas, Grove City; Brenda Webb and her husband Eric, McCalla, Ala.; and Becky Boyd and her husband Scott, Birmingham, Ala.. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Cody and Cole Latimer, Erica Webb, and Baylor and Ashlyn Boyd, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a brother, John Kushner; and a stepsister, Mary Morris.

The family would like to recognize the care given by John XXIII of Hermitage, Dr. George Magovern Jr., Dr. William Herbert, Dr. Jean Wilson, and Dr. Gregory George.

Memorial contributions may be given to Sharon Regional Health System Hospice and Palliative Care, 2320 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148 or West Middlesex Presbyterian Church, 3082 W. Main St., West Middlesex, PA 16159.


Mrs. Dale “Dutch” (Helen Agnes), 92, of 3 Penn Ave., West Middlesex.

Calling hours: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday (3-13-14) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex.

Service: Funeral at noon Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jason Hickman, pastor of West Middlesex Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Interment: Haywood Cemetery, West Middlesex.