In 1924 "Leita" went to work for the telephone company. She lost that job because her hands broke out, and her coworkers feared it might be contagious. In 1925 she went to work for Fibre Leather and Fibre Products, two related companies in the South End of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Leita was a bookkeeper and supervisor of their bookkeeping department. She worked there until she had to retire because of a stroke in 1970.
Leita married HENRY RICHARD DAVIS at New Bedford on 19 September 1932. He was born in at New Bedford in 1908. They separated, and years later, some time after 1942, were divorced. They had one child and two grandchildren.
Leita and Henry lived near Sassaquin Pond in New Bedford. After their separation, Leita continued to live there. Grandmother, mother, and daughter lived for a brief time at 17 Lincoln Street, New Bedford, before moving to Fairhaven. From 1948 to 1970 they lived at 7 John Street, on Sconticut Neck, in Fairhaven.
As Leita worked, she needed help taking care of her small child. As a baby, Joann was taken care of by Margaret Hathaway (daughter of Adiel) and Ruth Stone (daughter of Julia). Then Leita's mother came to live with them.
In 1970 Leita suffered an irreversable stroke that left her hemiplegic on the left side. Charlie and Pauline Maxfield found her at her home. After a stay in the hospital, she went to Ohio to stay with her daughter. She was confined to a wheelchair after 1970. Leita died at the home of her daughter, in Patomac, Maryland, on 3 March 1988. For her obituary, see below.
Potomac, Md.--Adaleita (Hathaway) Davis, 80, of 10117 Lloyd Road died at home Thursday March 3, 1988, after a long illness. She was the daughter of Adiel and Julia (Reed) Hathaway. She was born in Fairhaven, where she lived most of her life until going to live with her daughter in Ohio and Maryland.
Mrs. Davis was an accountant at Fibre Leather Manufacturing Corp. in New Bedford until retiring. She was a former member of the Fairhaven Grange and its Dramatic Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Jo-Ann Davis Suleiman of Potomac; a sister, Dorothy Lang of Marion, Mass., a brother, Philip C. Hathaway of Fairhaven, Mass., and two grandchildren.
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