Laynie (Alayna Rhea) Davis was born of Feb. 21 2004, a month early, the only time she was early in her life. She was born on her Grandpa Connie Owen Dickerson’s birthday instead of her original March due date.
She is survived by her parents, Dalton Davis and Alicia Dickerson Davis, sister Danica Davis and her Grandmother (Mimi) Samye Dickerson and step-grandpa Bart Morgan, as well as uncle Cary Davis and wife, Jackie, of Anna, and Aunt Natalie Dixon and Randy Smith of Princeton, Texas, and many cousins and extended and honorary family. She was preceded in death by maternal grandpa Connie Dickerson, and paternal grandparents Bobby Joe Davis and Connie Hale Capps.
She passed away after a two-year battle with rare Ewings Sarcoma Cancer. However Laynie never wanted to known as a “cancer kid.” She did everything she could to be “normal” although we all know there was nothing typical about Laynie. She was unique and had to do things her own way. Just ask the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital in Dallas. She didn’t make their jobs easy and I think they loved her for that, too. I think there may be a few teachers in Anna that felt the same.
She attended Rattan Elementary and Anna Middle School up until her diagnosis in April 2018. She attended online school at home the last two years, but was part of Anna High School in spirit. She attended the occasional school dance and football game and kept up with some of her old classmates, and even made new friends through social media and online gaming, two of her favorite things to do. When she wasn’t online playing games, she loved spending time with her close friends. She enjoyed going to the mall, drawing or painting, ordering cool and unusual clothes, shoes and earrings online. She enjoyed going to the arcade with her family and would even occasionally share her tickets or points with Danica. Most recently, as many of you know, she became obsessed with stickers. She requested them for her birthday, and boy did she get a lot. She was creating a “sticker bible.” Sorting and organizing the stickers became very cathartic for her and she even got Danica involved so they had something to do together these last few weeks.
Laynie will be missed by many. She left her mark on everyone she met, even if briefly.
We take comfort in knowing she is walking again and feeling free, and reunited with loved ones she has missed and some she never met. I know she will be watching over all of us and we take comfort remembering her laugh, smile and goofy, sarcastic personality.
In the near future, the family would like to create a memorial foundation in Laynie’s name, but in the meantime, we request donations sent to one of these foundations that are near to our hearts: Ewing’s Sarcoma research through CarsonSarcomaFoundation.org, Children’s Hospital Dallas at give.childrens.com, Make-A-Wish North Texas at ntx.wish.org, or FAM (Fighting All Monsters) at joinourfam.org (as seen on “Ellen”). To donate locally, please see TeamMondyCares, or Hands of Hope, Anna, Melissa, Van Alstyne, both on Facebook.
Services for Laynie, were held March 15, 2020 at Scoggins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Elm Grove Cemetery, in Westminster, Texas. The family will received friends March 14, 2020 at the funeral home.
Services were under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory, 637 W. Van Alstyne, Pkwy. Van Alstyne; 903-482-5225. You may sign the online register book at www.scogginsfuneralhome.com.