Gunvor M. “Gunnie” Davis

February 4th, 2013

Gunvor M. (Dahlin) Davis, a long-time resident of Wilmington, who was fondly and famously known as “Gunnie” around town, died peacefully on February 3, 2013 at Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell. She was 92 years old.

Gunnie was born in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 18, 1920.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Emil and Anna (Benson) Dahlin.  Gunnie traveled to the United States by boat before she was a year old and the family settled in Wilmington.  The oldest of seven siblings, Gunnie was raised in a large and loving family.  She attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School in the Class of 1938.

Following graduation, Gunnie went to work as bookeeper for Wilmington Builders Supply on Main Street in Wilmington when it was just a one room building.  Through the years the company grew, and Gunnie was a great part of that growth.  She was responsible, dependable, great with the customers, and had quite a work ethic,  often  working on Sundays just to catch up on the paperwork following a busy week.  Gunnie loved working at Wilmington Builders where she had a great rapport with the contractors, truck drivers, and her co-workers. She became the “go to” person and her name became synonymous with Wilmington Builders.  Gunnie was dearly loved by the owners of the company and she became part of their extended family.  Gunnie retired after more than 60 years of dedication to Wilmington Builders. She was well respected in the construction industry, and her wonderful reputation followed her long after she retired.

In her younger years, Gunnie loved to travel. She always got a window seat and marveled at seeing other places and cultures; in her later years she loved to go on long rides with her family and friends, again taking the window seat and taking in everything nature had to offer.

Gunnie had a fondness for birds and had feeders out all over her yard. She just loved to watch them interact and listen to them chirp and sing.

In 1977, Gunnie married the love of her life, William J. Davis, fondly known to her as Will.  They were great companions and enjoyed their time spent with family, extended family, and friends.  Will was a talented musician and Gunnie enjoyed listening to his music.  Gunnie and Will celebrated more than twenty years together before his passing in 1998.

Gunnie will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady, kind, caring, helpful, and hard working.  She had an endearing personality that drew many people to her.  She was devoted not only to her family but to a large extended family and became known  as  “Auntie” to many.  Gunnie’s legacy will live on in many generations to come, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Gunnie was the beloved wife of the late William J. “Will” Davis, cherished daughter of the late Emil A. and Anna M. (Benson) Dahlin, dear sister of Dorothy Jurgens of Middleboro, Helen Gustavsen of Billerica, the late Norma Sylvia, Martha Lynch, Marjorie Dahlin, and Carl Dahlin.  Gunnie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Gunvor’s name may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Gunvor M. “Gunnie” Davis”

  1. gloria & ralph zimmer says:

    gunnie you will be sadly missed and never forgotten.
    ralph and gloria

  2. Peter & Joanne Williams says:

    We will remember you forever in our hearts and prayers.

    Peter and Joanne

  3. Marilyn Colombo says:

    I will remember you for all the fun and stories that we shared working together at Wilmington. God loves you

  4. Ginny Wood Welch says:

    I will always remember the visits with you when we would come to Wilmington with my mother, Violet White Wood. She loved you like a sister. Now you both can enjoy catching up. You are so special!

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