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Memorial Bench For Annie Davis Update: New Location

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Feb 202020
 

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town. She also was a founding member of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Monday, Sept. 23, Annie passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

UPDATE: After some discussion at this week’s CERT meeting, a vote was taken and the majority decided that a better place for the bench would be in front of Fire Station #2 on the Boston Post Road where Annie worked for many years, and which served as Santa’s Helper Headquarters since day one. 

According to CERT spokesman Ken Lyke, the fire department personnel has agreed to placing the bench there, and so it will be.

We are still a little short on our goal, but we are confident that the bench will be in place this spring, possibly as soon as April. 

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

The Friends of Annie Davis’s Memorial Bench collection is being done in cooperation with the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and we still need to raise $400. This could have been accomplished, for example, by soliciting $10 from just 40 families in Orange. 

We are working on different ways to get the money so that we can dedicate the bench by spring as a continual reminder to the townspeople about just how wonderful and dedicated Annie was to this town.

Anyone who’d like to help us with the funding, please send a check made out to “Friends of Annie Davis” to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460. Any denomination would be greatly appreciated.

We have a Friends of Annie Davis Bank Account at Bank of America where all monies collected for the bench are being deposited.

Thank You, if you already have made a donation!

Obituary: Anne V. Davis, 60, Beloved Mother, Friend, “Elf Mama”

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Sep 272019
 

Anne V. Davis, 60, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Yale-New Haven Hospital with her family by her side.

Anne was born in New Haven on August 24, 1959, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela Constantino Carangelo.

She had worked as a Legal Assistant at Subway World Headquarters, Milford, where she made hundreds of friends around the office and around the world. One of her favorites was a young man who would send her photos from his travels, particularly beautiful shots of the Northern Lights from Norway.

Anne was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church, New Haven and every year looked forward to working its feast, and all of the cooking she’d do beforehand.

She was the heart and soul of the “Santa’s Helper” event for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department which she organized for the past 20 years. She also was a founding member of the Orange CERT, (Community Emergency Response Team).

Anne always put others above herself and worked tirelessly to help make Orange a better place.

She was known to many as “Cookie Mama” and spent countless hours in her kitchen baking delicious treats for OVFD auxiliary fundraisers and events when her CERT colleagues would be working.

For the past six months, she has had her “Elf Mama” hat on, working on organizing this year’s Santa’s Helper fundraising event to benefit the OVFD. She’s dreamed of one day getting out of the dispatch center to see first-hand how her “baby” works, after hearing thousands of stories from the firefighters and Santa after they return from their special pre-Christmas visits each year.

Anne left an impression with everyone she met. Once she was your friend, she was your friend forever. She touched the lives of so many and is sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

Mother of Michael Davis. Sister of Carl (Michele) Carangelo. Aunt of Joseph (fiancé Corrianne Dionne) Carangelo and Nicole Carangelo.

The visiting hours will be on Saturday morning from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue. Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 70 Washington Avenue, New Haven at 10 a.m. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Devastating News, Cookiemama, “Elf Mama” Annie Davis Has Died

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Sep 242019
 

A pillar of the Orange community, loving mother, and priceless friend to many, Annie Davis, also known as Elf Mama to everyone who has ever participated in the Santa’s Helper program, passed away on Monday of a heart attack.

Annie’s larger than life personality will be sorely missed. Her selfless efforts on behalf of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department working on the Santa’s Helper arrangements for 9 months out of the year. Doing volunteer work as a founding member of the CERT group, and “being there” for friends and the community whenever she was needed.

Annie was a wonderful friend for more than 20 years and I don’t know how I will fill this void.

Please look for information regarding a fundraiser Orange Live will host at Orange Ale House to help her Son Michael with the expenses he’ll be facing.

My love goes out to Michael and Annie’s best friend Lisa in this very difficult time.