Katheryn “Katie” Davis Fox was the greatest wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend that anyone could hope to have, at least in the eyes of one family. Katie left her beautiful mortal life on February 9, 2021, after years of living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Katie was born to Ralph and Moselle Davis on February 15, 1946 in Lehi, Utah. Her dad was a sheep rancher, and Katie’s nurturing and caring nature could be seen early in life as she hand-fed and reared many baby lambs. This love for sheep continued throughout her life and was displayed throughout her home. While attending Lehi High School, Katie was a cheerleader, a talented seamstress who received many awards (including the Utah Miss Wool award), and a straight-A student, which earned her a scholarship to Utah State University.
Katie met her husband, Ken, while at Utah State. She had so impressed her “dorm dad,” Ken’s brother, that he encouraged Ken to go and ring her buzzer. We are not sure how Ken managed to do it, but somehow he convinced this angel to marry him in the Salt Lake Temple. Katie decided to put aside her personal career aspirations to support Ken and be an amazing wife and later mother. They have loved each other ever since. After Ken graduated from college, they moved to California where they had the opportunity to live in Glendale, San Diego, El Centro, Merced, San Diego (again), Temecula, and then Escondido. Ken and Katie were married for 54 years in this life. In a story of unwavering love, Ken stayed right by Katie’s side as she suffered through the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Katie had a special love for children and waited many years for the arrival of her own: Christopher, Benjamin, Ryan, and Amy (who all think they were her favorite). Not only was Katie the best mom ever, but she was also a devoted grandma to 17 grandchildren. They will remember her for her genuine love, her hugs, back-tickling, and for bringing a smile and sparkle into each of their lives.
Katie personified love and compassion. She cared about other people and treated them with kindness. Her sincere love for people affected everyone she met for the better. Katie served diligently as ward and stake Primary president, Relief Society president twice, and Young Women’s president. She served three church service missions with Ken, at the bishop’s storehouse twice and at a young single adult branch. Katie loved Jesus and truly fed His sheep.
Katie is survived by her loving husband, Ken; her children Christopher, Benjamin, Ryan, and Amy; 17 grandchildren; and her caring brother, Don Davis. Katie’s parents, Ralph and Moselle Davis; and her sister, Marilyn Chilton, preceded her in death and are probably enjoying her company right now.
Funeral services will be held for family members on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah. Even with COVID-19 protocols, we want all to be able to participate, so a live broadcast of the service may be viewed online at 11:00 a.m. at www.walkersanderson.com. Please join us. Thoughts and memories may be shared on Katie’s obituary “memory wall”. Interment will be in the Orem Cemetery.