September 5, 1924 – October 9, 2019
Nelleen Z. McGhan-Davis was born on Sept. 5, 1924, at 5418 Willis St., Dallas, Texas. She lived a very full and a long life, and passed on from us peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 9, 2019.
She was a truly remarkable woman who was a vocalist in a choral setting, as well as in barbershop quartet. She played multiple instruments, including the accordion and concertina; loved to dance to square and big band music (she was a huge follower of the Jack Morgan Orchestra); and, when not teaching Sunday school or performing her many duties and offices at the Azalia Star Chapter #66 Order of the Eastern Star, she could be found fishing at Silver Lake or down along the Mokelumne River.
While working as a stenographer for the Santa Fe Railway she met the first love of her life in Amarillo, Texas. That’s where Roy W. McGhan, a Jackson native, was first stationed during World War II, while she was also volunteering as a nurse’s aide and helping at the USO soda fountain. They courted and were happily married on his final military leave in Orlando, Fla., and soon after moved to Jackson. There, Nelleen raised her family, served 34 years with Jackson PG&E as a steno/clerk secretary, and did bookkeeping for the family’s business, McGhan Welding Works, on the north end of town.
But life moved on, and in December of 1999 Roy passed away, yet Nelleen kept on dancing and by Aug. 24, 2002, she married the second love of her life, Everett G. Davis, at the Jackson United Methodist Church. We can all still see them driving away in his canary yellow 1948 Lincoln Continental with the top down. Many car rallies, fishing trips and adventures were to follow. It indeed was a long and full life.
She contributed so much and will be missed and remembered lovingly by her son, William F. McGhan, and her daughter, Kittie McGhan. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Robert Kelly and family; son-in-law, William Dwyer; granddaughter, Monica Vandenberg and family; with great-grandchildren, Reid and Kirsten; and grandson, Matthew McGhan and family; as well as step-son, Patrick Davis and family; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance will be held for her at Daneri’s Mortuary Chapel, 415 Broadway, Jackson, CA in the new year, May 2, 2020, 11 a.m. The family requests no flowers. Thank you. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.