Bridget “Theresa” Davis (Collins) passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Theresa was born in County Galway, Ireland on September 20, 1932. At the age of 16, she left Ireland for the United States and resided in St. Louis, Mo. for several years, where she worked and spent cherished time with aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In 1956, she met the love of her life, Joe Davis, while visiting Virginia. They married in 1957 in St. Louis and then made a home in Charlottesville, Va., where they raised their four children.
Theresa was a devout Catholic and very active with Holy Comforter Chapel at Branchlands and subsequently, the Church of the Incarnation. Over the years, she effortlessly gave her time helping the church in numerous ways. She was a member of a weekly prayer group and hosted the group in her home for the past several years. This group of friends was very dear to her.
Theresa was an exceptional homemaker and an incredible cook, especially known for her Irish soda bread. She was a talented seamstress, knitter, and crocheter. She loved Irish music and dance. Theresa lived her life with a strong faith and incredible strength and determination. She loved her family fiercely and leaves her children with unforgettable, loving memories.
Theresa is survived by daughters Catherine M. Davis and Anne D. Welch of Charlottesville, Va., son J. Patrick Davis of Richmond, Va., granddaughter Shawna S. McCall (Drew) of Alpharetta, Ga., grandson Patrick R. Welch of Salt Lake City, Utah, great grandchildren Colin J. McCall and Jillian R. McCall of Alpharetta, Ga., and son-in-law Roger L. Sprouse of Charlottesville, Va. She is also survived by sisters Nora Gilligan and Lil Collins, and brother Paddy Collins, all of Galway, Ireland, first cousin Mary Ellen Groark of St. Louis, Mo., as well as extended family in Ireland and the United States.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Davis Jr., daughter Mary Ellen Sprouse, parents Peter and Catherine Collins, brothers Bernard and Michael Collins, and sister Maureen Collins.
A celebration of Theresa’s life will begin with a family visitation at noon, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Church of the Incarnation. A reception will then take place in the Parish Hall.
There will be a private interment for the family at Monticello Memory Gardens at a later date.
Contributions in Theresa’s memory, may be made to the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive, Charlottesville, VA, 22901, or Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Ste 300, Charlottesville, VA, 22911.
Condolences may be shared with her family on the tribute wall.