Obituary: SCSU Professor Elaine Davis

Elaine Davis
Pictured above: SCSU Professor Elaine Davis standing with her book, “Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass.” Photo provided by her daughter Andrea Davis Jensen.

SCSU professor of nearly 30 years, Elaine Davis, 59, died July 31, after being diagnosed with cancer in January 2015.

Having taught at SCSU, Davis also received her bachelor’s degree in Business and a master’s degree from SCSU.

“She loved teaching at SCSU,” her daughter Andrea Davis Jensen said. “It was her home, her livelihood; it meant everything to us.”

Her daughter said that Davis loved teaching, but was also passionate about traveling, having gone to 80 countries. When she wasn’t traveling, though, Davis brought news clippings into class for her students to encourage them to learn about what’s going on around the world.

“She probably would’ve traveled to another 80 countries after retiring,” befriending people from all over the world along the way, her daughter said.

Next to traveling, Davis found herself on the dance floor for hours, her daughter wrote. Davis was never at rest, she said, having “lists upon lists of things to be done.”

Along with traveling the world and spending her time at dance events, Davis authored two books.

The first, “Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do: 80 Years of an American Farm Family,” tells the story of her parents, family and heritage. The second, which is being turned into a documentary, is titled “Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass,” telling the story about moonshines during prohibition.

Her daughter wrote that the documentary will be shown at the Stearns History Museum in 2016.

Davis is survived by her children Cassie, Andrea and Mathew; her parents Orrin and Catherine; her siblings Gary, Tom, Tim, Mitzi, Nita, Cathy, Bill and Becky. Preceding her in death are her brothers Russell and Dan.

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