MISSION – Norma Irene de la Fuente Davis, 70, former Mayor Pro-Tem and councilwoman of the City of Mission, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Mission Regional Medical Center.
A lifelong resident of Mission, she was born on Oct. 8, 1946, to Jose (Pepe) de la Fuente Irene Alejos de la Fuente. She attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School and was a graduate of Mission High School, and earned her bachelors and masters degrees in education at what is now the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She went on to marry her elementary school sweetheart, George W. Davis Jr., on Dec. 27, 1968.
With a 37-year career in education, 29 were at Mission C.I.S.D. She retired as the facilitator for the Parental Involvement Program, which she began for the district along with the Migrant Program.
Mrs. Davis was the first Hispanic female to win a seat on the Mission City Council, later serving as Mayor Pro-Tem. At the time of her death, she was a board member for Security Federal Credit Union where she had also served as chair. She was a member and past president of Damas Catolicas and served in other positions over the years. She was an active member of St Paul’s Catholic Church and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, George W. Davis Jr.; children, Natalie Denise Bazan, George Gerard Davis, and Joseph Frank Davis; her father; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission.
Pallbearers will be George Gerard Davis, Joseph Frank Davis, Elias Bazan III, Elias Bazan IV, Arrik George Davis, Mike de la Fuente, Jose de la Fuente and Rafael Ochoa. Honorary pallbearers are Peter Haring and Lupe Gonzalez.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Attn: Damas Catolicas, 1119 Francisco, Mission, TX 78572.