The life and legacy of was honored during a funeral service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, of which she was a member for over 45 years, on Monday.
Among her many accomplishments during decades of public service, Davis served as chair of the State Board of Education and Early Development, and served on the Anchorage School Board in the 1980s and 1990s. She was the first black woman to be elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1990 and the first African-American to serve in the Alaska state Senate in 2000.
She died surrounded by family at her home on Dec. 2, . She was 80 years old.
Davis will be interred next to her husband, Tony Davis, at Friendship Cemetery in Bernice, Louisiana.
The Rev. Alonzo B. Patterson eulogized Bettye Davis during a celebration of her life at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN) Frances Avery-Stoute, left, sang ’Trouble of the World ’ during Davis‘ funeral service. Davis‘ sister-in law Janice Valentine is at right. (Bill Roth / ADN) The life and legacy of Bettye Davis was honored during a funeral service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN) The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church choir performed during a celebration of life for Bettye Davis on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN) People attend the funeral of Bettye Davis on Monday. (Bill Roth / ADN) Tony Davis announced the formation of a scholarship to be awarded to a young woman in the fall of 2020 in honor of his mother, Bettye Davis, during her funeral service. (Bill Roth / ADN) Former Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson, second from left, Liz Medicine Crow, center, and Willie Hensley attended Davis‘ funeral. (Bill Roth / ADN) Bettye Davis, pictured on screen during her funeral service. (Bill Roth / ADN) Davis‘ sister-in-law Janice Valentine sings ’This is the Day. ’ (Bill Roth / ADN) Pallbearers carry the casket of Bettye Davis after the funeral service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. (Bill Roth / ADN)