MaryAnn Davis

MaryAnn Davis

October 4, 1940 - January 29, 2024

MaryAnn Davis, a lifelong Alaskan, went to be with the Lord on January 29, 2024, with her family by her side.

She was born on October 4, 1940 in Teller, Alaska, to the late Paul and Etta Tocktoo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence T. Davis, her sons, L. Bruce, Thomas, and William Davis, her sisters, Margaret, Mariam and brother Ricky Tocktoo, and daughter in-law Ann Davis.

MaryAnn always had great faith in God and loved attending church. She was ready to pray and share the word of God with others at any time. Because of her faith, Mom insisted her older children Bruce, Karen, and Cheryl attend a Christian College to strengthen their faith and education. Over her lifetime she was happy to share her belief in the Lord with others. She was able to travel to Australia to help build a Church for worship. On another trip her strong beliefs led her to Russia, she was able to hand out bibles, even though there were strong rules and regulations against it. She enjoyed prayer meetings and singspirations with the communities in and around Nome and Anchorage.

Grandma loved to travel and loved traveling with her family anywhere. With her late husband Larry, they went to Hawaii many, many times as one of their favorite warm weather destinations.

Her life enjoyment inside her home was just as beautiful and full of love as those around the world. There are many memories of laughing with her kids about dishes that took days, losing tires on drives, and speeding in her white Cadillac or Bronco.

From her home in Nome on 5th to the Loussac home in Anchorage, she fully enjoyed spending time with her extended family, especially many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking pride in all that made our family whole.

MaryAnn was most proud of and dedicated her life to being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She spent most of her life supporting her husband Larry with the family business of reindeer herding in Nome; where she welcomed everyone in with prayer, food, or friendship. MaryAnn passed on her love of a traditional lifestyle to all members of her family. She taught them to share, prepare and enjoy the bounty of the land. MaryAnn was immensely proud and loved hearing of the accomplishments of all her family by being present at any activity whether it was sporting games, academic events, concerts, or any family-oriented functions.

Throughout MaryAnn’s life she always provided her siblings with inspiration, unconditional love and support. With Janet and Caleb, she provided encouragement to grow their church with gospel and fellowship across Alaska. For her sister Paula she was a great travel partner and provided encouragement and unwavering comfort.  MaryAnn appreciated her brother Roddy for taking care of their mom as well as enjoying many meals together. She enjoyed watching her younger brother Ricky and Sabrina’s family grow and learn the urban traditional food gathering that was shared with Granny and many family members in South Central Alaska.

MaryAnn was clothed with strength and dignity which is why her children called her blessed. In earlier years, MaryAnn and Larry lived in Chicago with Bruce and Karen where they made fond memories and started to grow their family and see the world through their eyes. When they moved back to Alaska, they opened their “Grand Central Station” home for anyone who needed a place to stay, a meal to eat and provide a warm and welcoming environment that built the life she came to know.

MaryAnn is survived by her children Karen and Peter Neagle, Cheryl and Tim Lynch, Clark Davis, Ruth and Stan Piscoya, Paula Davis, Jeff and Laura Davis, along with 22 grandchildren and 24 great- grandchildren, sister Janet and Caleb Dotomain, sister Paula McHale, brother Russell “Roddy” Tocktoo and sister in-law Sabrina Tocktoo.

A Memorial Services was held in Anchorage on Monday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Kehl’s Legacy and a Funeral Service will be held in Nome on February 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite local church in memory of MaryAnn Davis.

MaryAnn’s final resting place will be in Nome with her husband and sons this spring.



The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112

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