Published: February 9, 2016
Memorial services for Traci L. Davis, 39, of Springdale, will be February 19th at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church Rogers. Dr. Wes George will officiate. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk, Neb on February 11th. She died Feb. 7, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.
Traci Lynn Davis, daughter of Kevin and Pat (Walmsley) Thompson, was born March 29, 1976 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Norfolk, Neb. Growing up, she was a determined child with a deep love of Jesus and for people. She was active in the youth group at Victory Road Evangelical Free Church, participated in 4-H and speech/debate. Being the oldest girl, Traci took on a lot of the household responsibilities on the family farm, including taking care of her younger sisters.
Traci attended District 43 country school and later graduated from Norfolk High School in 1994. She attended University of Nebraska-Kearney and Northeast Community College, later transferring to Oklahoma Panhandle State University, earning a bachelor's degree in animal science. Traci competed on the meats and livestock judging teams during college. She moved to Booneville, Ark. to start her professional career first at Cargill processed meats in Booneville, and at Tyson Foods in Springdale, Ark. It was there that she met her husband, Brian Davis. They were wed April 26, 2003, in Norfolk, Neb., and were blessed with two sons, Kevin and Samuel. Family and being a Mom was her No. 1 priority.
She enjoyed making trips to Nebraska which she always considered her home. She loved to watch Nebraska Husker football and became an Arkansas Razorback fan with a lot of convincing from Brian. She was active in Sunday school and the AWANA children's ministry at First Baptist Rogers, even living out her childhood dream of being a missionary to Nicaragua.
She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2010 and later with a rare genetic mutation, Li-Fraumeni syndrome which has the potential to cause multiple cancers. She fought courageously. Even in her darkest days, her faith never wavered.
Traci was involved in fundraising and speaking engagements for the American Cancer Society, including radio and TV interviews. She even shaved her head as part of the St. Baldrick's fundraiser to support childhood cancer. She boldly shared her faith and cancer journey through blogs and even encouraging strangers that she would meet during her day. Traci will be remembered for her extraordinary generosity and the way she was always quick with a hug and prayer of encouragement for anyone who needed it.
Survivors include her husband, Brian, of Springdale, Ark., her two sons, Kevin and Samuel, at home; her mother, Pat Wilken and husband Duane, of Bloomfield, Neb., sisters, Trisha Schulz and husband Travis, of Norfolk, Neb., and Tonya Murphy and husband Frank, of Meadow Grove, Neb.; grandparents, Don and Betty Walmsley, and Mildred Thompson, all of Norfolk, Neb.; parents in-law, Stan and Pam Davis, of Waldron, Ark.; brother-in-law, Brad Davis and wife Belinda, of Rogers, Ark., and four step-sisters. She was the best aunt ever to numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Kevin Thompson; her brother, Troy Thompson; and grandfather, Russell Thompson.
Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bentonville. Condolences: www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com.
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