Barbara “Babs” Claire Colletto Davis was born and raised in Monterey, California on Feb. 9, 1936. She passed peacefully at the Huntsman Cancer Center in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.
Babs grew up with a large extended Italian family who loved to have fun, dance and cook, which she embraced whole-heartedly. She had the ability to make anything a good time, dance anywhere and cook one of the best meals you would ever want eat. She could also knit or sew up some of the most beautiful clothes.
Babs spent her early adult life raising her four children moving from Monterey to Hawaii, San Diego and all up and down the State of California. She had the ability to make friends anywhere she went with her outgoing vivacious personality. In her late 30s she married Jim Davis. After several years they moved to Alaska where she began her career in education. She worked with special needs children and her love affair with teaching began.
In October 1993, Babs and Jim moved to Moab where she started substitute teaching which she did until her diagnosis in September. It was a job she loved and students loved her. In 2016-2017 she was honored with Employee of the Year, one of her proudest accomplishments. Babs could make anyone feel comfortable; she had a goofiness that could always make you laugh. She had the rare ability to laugh at herself. Her laugh was contagious.
Babs was a free loving spirit. Babs will be remembered for kindness, generosity, her love of dancing, and the ability to have a good time anywhere. Babs leaves behind her husband Jim, four children: Tracy (Forrest), Suzy (Donnie), Rob and Peter (Halle). Two stepchildren: John and Jacqui, seven grandchildren: Seth, Matthew, Cory (Sony), Eagle, JJ, Hope and Max. And one great-grandson Troy. The world has lost a bright light; she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
A celebration of Babs’ life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. Francis Hall, 250 Kane Creek Blvd., at 11 a.m. Please make donations to St. Jude Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City or The Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City.