April 6, 1935 – January 18, 2022
Lottie Davey-Beyer died Tuesday morning, January 18th, from Alzheimer’s Disease at the Anchorage Pioneer Home, with her daughter Katherine and Rev. Terry from Hospice by her side.
Lottie grew up with her three brothers, cousin Hilda and Mom near her grandparent’s farm in rural North Carolina. (Her dad was often away on Air Force deployments.) She picked potatoes, drove the horse team, took care of her younger brothers, and played basketball for the “Catfish,” graduating from Oxford School in 1953. She married Arnold Bolick and moved to Alaska in 1957, where she would live for the rest of her life.
Lottie met her 2nd husband Lew Beyer arguing about cookies at the lunch counter of the Co-Op local drug store in Fairbanks. They would later own the Co-Op and a Dairy Queen and raise Alaskan malamutes. Lottie met her 3rd husband, policeman Tom Davey, when she worked for the Fairbanks Police Department. They adopted Katherine in 1965. After the Fairbanks flood in ’67 they moved to Anchorage. Tom was Assistant Superintendent for the McLaughlin Youth Center and Lottie was a secretary for the State Troopers, and then for the director of the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Tom died in 1979. Lottie remarried Lew and moved back to Fairbanks in ’81. They enjoyed playing golf, going on cruises, and spending winters in Florida or Arizona. Lew died in 2006. Lottie continued to enjoy time with friends, volunteering at an assisted living home, lay leading at St. Matthews Episcopal church, and visiting Katherine and her family in Anchorage.
Lottie was sharp, resourceful, stylish, and devout. You could count on her to be calm and practical in an emergency – but sassy if crossed! Witty and often outspoken, she had a lovely smile and a marvelous sense of humor. She lived life to the fullest. She wore full make up even when camping. She enjoyed military bands and kettle drum concerts, blended daiquiris, her kitty Jezebel, sewing, mooning after Clint Eastwood and Josh Groban, helping neighbors with small home repairs, and visiting her granddaughter.
She survived: two bouts of cancer; the deaths of two husbands; a brain tumor; and the last few years of dementia with its resulting vulnerabilities and losses. She moved to the Anchorage Pioneer Home in June 2019.
She was preceded in death by husband Lewis Beyer III (2006) and husband Thomas James Davey (1979); her parents Frank Richard and Grace Leona Bolton (Carpenter); her brothers Neil Bolton and Wayne Bolton, and cousin Hilda Eckard.
Survivors are daughter Katherine Davey Huffman, son-in-law Tim Huffman and granddaughter Emma Grace Huffman; brother Stan Bolton and his wife Jean; nieces, nephews and a multitude of cousins and extended members of the Carpenter family in North Carolina.
Lottie’s ashes will be scattered in Manley Hot Springs (Alaska). An Episcopalian ceremony will be delayed until gatherings are safer for all. Please log on to: www.legacyalaska.com/obituaries to share memories about Lottie with family and friends. Her family extends special gratitude to the kind, accommodating staff at the Delaney Gardens (Anchorage Pioneer Home) and to the comforting team from Providence Hospice.
Published by Hickory Daily Record on Jan. 30, 2022.