Johanna Lee Davis of Valley Forge, PA, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2020 after a short illness, aged 56. She was born in San Francisco, CA on September 18, 1964 to (the late) John Rowden Davis and Flora May (neé Longwell) Davis.
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As the daughter of a Navy officer, she grew up in multiple cities across the country but for the bulk of the past twenty years she called the idyllic Valley Forge Mountain her home. She graduated from Palo Alto High School (CA) and got her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis. She attained her teaching credential from San Francisco State University and worked as an elementary school teacher for two decades in the Pasadena Unified School District (CA) and Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. One of her favorite moments was being able to high five her son down the corridors at Valley Forge Elementary School.
An avid athlete, she had run multiple marathons in the US (including the 100th Boston Marathon) and overseas and participated in several 100 mile and metric century bike rides. She loved tennis – she and her sister were Rhode Island state champions at high school in doubles – and played locally as much as she could before injuries curtailed that activity. In recent years, she enjoyed discovering new off-the-beaten-track trails with her good friend Judy and hiked and biked in various locations mainly in Chester and Montgomery Counties. She was also a huge fan of Valley Forge Park and the Schuylkill River Trail, and you’d often see her along the stretch from Valley Forge to Phoenixville.
Johanna was a passionate Anglophile and read voraciously, focusing mainly on British historical novels and anything to do with the Royals (past and present). Vacations in Britain (her favorite) always included castle or old manor house tours, much to her son’s chagrin. She entertained her husband’s love of music and the Oakland/LA/Las Vegas Raiders and Oakland A’s, but did so mainly to be able to be with people she loved and share common experiences (although she often wore headphones and pretended to be interested).
Johanna is survived by her husband of 29 years, Ross Ellis, and their 22 year old son Duncan as well her older sister Robin (who lives in CA), younger brother Chris (who lives in WA) and her beloved pets: 3 Netherland dwarf rabbits and Dougal, their 3 year old cockapoo.
Due to concerns about possibly spreading the COVID-19 virus and affecting the welfare of friends and family, there will be no service or memorial until the pandemic ceases. Many people have already reached out to family members expressing condolences which have been extremely appreciated but if you’d like to leave a comment below, please do so as these will remain a permanent part of the Ellis and Davis family memory of Johanna.
Loving words and memories are more than sufficient, and no flowers or donations are requested, but if you would like to make any contribution in her memory, please consider these organizations that strive to increase the opportunity of economically disadvantaged children for academic success:
Chester Country Futures: http://www.ccfutures.org/
The Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown (FLITE): https://www.flite-pa.org/