Omaha native Sister Cecilia Davis served as an educator

Sister Cecilia Davis, a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, died Nov. 17 at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She was 82.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 1 at the motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. She is buried in the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Cecilia was born and raised in Omaha. She attended St. Cecilia School and the former Cathedral High School.

Sister Cecilia served as an educator outside the archdiocese – in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois schools. Her Dominican Sisters said she was known for her sense of humor and fidelity to prayer. She spent 62 years in religious life.

Sister Cecilia – also known by her religious name, Sister Elianne – was born in 1940 to John and Edith (Vitt) Davis, one of their eight children.

She made her first profession as a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa in 1960 and her perpetual profession in 1965.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Davis, Marge Davis and Ann Miletich; brothers Michael Davis, John Davis and George Davis.

Survivors include her sister Joan Hill; brother Frank Davis; nieces, nephews and her Dominican Sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701, or online at

Repeat broadcasts of the funeral and wake are available online at Click on the “on demand” tab.

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