Quintelle Thatcher Davis gracefully and peacefully passed away at her home in Kansas City, Kansas, in the early morning hours of March 7, 2007, after a years-long struggle against cancer.
Quintelle was born in Kansas City, Kansas on July 5, 1928. She graduated from Sumner High School and attended the University of Kansas. Quintelle worked in community service organizations in Houston, Texas; East Orange, New Jersey; Columbia, Maryland; Dayton, Ohio; and Los Angeles, California, before returning to Kansas City, Kansas, in 1977 to assist her parents in the family funeral business. She graduated with honors from the
Kansas City Kansas Community College with a degree in the Mortuary Science and was a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director in both Kansas and Missouri.
In 1980, following the death of her father, Nathan Jr., she was selected by the family to manage the business. Throughout her tenure, she believed in and practiced the Golden Rule, as her grandfather did from the day he began the business. Those who brought their bereavement to Quintelle always found comfort and a friend for life.
Quintelle was a 50-year member and a Trustee and Usher of First Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. She was also a member of District #4, the Friends of Yates; the National Funeral Directors Association; the Missouri – Kansas Funeral Directors and Morticians Association; the Kansas Funeral Directors Association; the Phi Delta Sigma Sorority; the International Order of the Golden Rule; the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Links Inc.; the Kansas Citians Club; the Impromptu Club; the Talleyettes Bridge Club; the Turtle Hill Association; Chairman of the 5thStreet Revitalization Task Force; a Charter member of the Northeast Optimist and a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Quintelle loved to travel, especially to Las Vegas. While she was not much of a gambler, she enjoyed the lights, the shows, and the color of the place. Quintelle also loved her work and those with whom she worked - both clients and employees. Happiest when she was making others happy, she will be forever remembered as one whose life radiated hope and faith. Her gentle soul and generous heart will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Quintelle leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Myrtle Thatcher of Kansas City, KS and three children: Robert L. Davis, Jr., of Kansas City, MO; Judy Johnson-Easterwood (Robert), of Kansas City, KS and Jackie Hams of Burbank, California; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren; other relatives and hundreds of friends.