Ruth Catherine Trina' Davis


(Sept. 1, 1933 - July 8, 2010)Ruth Catherine “Trina” Davis, of Shell, died July 8, 2010, at Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings.

Trina was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Rockford, Ill. Trina was one of 13 children born to David Hunter Jr. and Helen O'Donnell Hunter.

She graduated from East High School in Rockford and then moved to Billings to attend nursing school. While living in Billings, she would visit her sister Shirley in Shell, where she met Irvie Davis.

Irvie and Trina were married in 1957. Together they ranched in Shell, raised five children and were actively involved in the community.

Trina was a unique soul with many interests. She grew a fine garden and treasured the time spent outdoors. She relished her surroundings; taking note of subtle changes many of us pass by. She was a voracious reader. She was up by 4 a.m. every day, tending her garden, doing crossword puzzles and drinking coffee. She was engaged in life and in bed by 7 p.m. every evening.

The kids around Shell loved Trina. She enjoyed their antics, encouraged their free spirits, and simply understood the joys of childhood. Irvie and Trina's place had an open-door policy and everyone felt welcome and appreciated. Visitors could depend on lots of warmth and good humor.

Trina was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Irvie; her brothers David, Jack, Joe and Logan Hunter; and her sister Shirley Tanner.

She is survived by her children Jim (Helyn) of Buelton, Calif., Irvin of Greeley, Colo., Amy Markham (Phil) of Harlan, Iowa, Ruth Long (Bill) of Cody and Alan (Becky) of Sheridan; grandchildren Arika, Andrew, Will, Katie and Sara; sisters Harriett Johnson of Green Valley, Ariz., Bernedette Johnson of Rockford, Ill., Merrylynn Von Cramm of Virginia, Nora Bond (Richard) of Maui, Hawaii, Janet Avery of Mt. Enterprise, Texas; brother Charles of Turarosa, N.M.; sister-in-law Velma “Birdie” Johnson of Thermopolis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Shell Community Church. Memorials may be made to the Shell Hall.