With deep sadness, I wish to report the death of a pioneer in CCLVI and CCCLV, Coletta Whitcomb Davis. Coletta was president of the Aloha Council of the Blind when she attended her first ACB convention in 1981 in St. Louis. During the 1985 convention in Las Vegas, Coletta met Gilbert Davis and they were married in December. Gilbert became her constant companion and helper in all of her organizational activities. Having moved from Hawaii to California, Coletta, along with Joan Black and Etta Burge, started the CCCLV as the California affiliate of CCLVI in 1986.
Coletta was always active in CCCLV and she also served CCLVI as director, officer and president. She planned to attend the 2013 ACB convention in Columbus, but in June, she fell in her kitchen, breaking her back. She never recovered from the complications of that accident and succumbed on Jan. 13, 2014.
- Roger Petersen, Mountain View, Calif.
That is very sad news. I know that many with low vision owe much to Coletta for her tireless efforts on their behalf through CCLVI, and I know that Bernice and Coletta were especially close friends, and this will be a difficult loss in both of your lives.
Rest in peace, Coletta, and thank you for all you did on behalf of people with low vision.
- Penny Reeder, Montgomery Village, Md.