Corinne Lois Davis ( Reakoff ) went to be with our Lord on December 31, 2020, after a lengthy struggle with dementia and added effects of Covid-19. She was 83. A native of Detroit, MI, she moved to Birmingham, AL for the second half of her life to lend a hand to family. Her first job was at Sanders Confectioner’s flagship store in Detroit, where folks would stand three-deep to get a seat at the counter. Corinne was heralded as making the best oatmeal there. She’s kept a jar of their milk chocolate hot fudge on hand ever since. Everyone found her sweet and kind with almost a naïve disposition. She was funny too, and smart. As a single mother with 3 kids, she put herself through nursing school while sometimes working 2 or 3 part time jobs — hard ones, like sewing seatbelts on an assembly line in a hot factory. Somehow, she still found time to make homemade bread regularly, cook real dinners every night, bake bunny cakes at Easter and make the inevitable Halloween costumes. All the while she maintained her composure, trusted God and taught her kids things like “Don’t worry, it will work out,” and “Don’t say why me? Say why not me?”. She faced everything with positive determination. She bandaged the whole neighborhood’s knees and hearts and all her children’s friends called her “Ma.” As a nurse, she worked many years at Holy Cross Hospital in Detroit. Her co-worker girlfriends there were her sustenance. Most notably, she navigated the world with empathy and paid special attention to patients’ needs for privacy and respect. Nursing meant being certain to draw the curtain before bathing a patient- even if they were sedated on a ventilator or keeping a patient’s meal hot for them if they were gone for a test when it arrived. When her eldest daughter was in medical school, a single mother herself, “ Grammy “ would take her grandchildren for the weekend so her daughter could study. On Sundays she’d bring them back with clothes all washed and folded and a meatloaf for their dinner packed. She intuitively knew what people needed and thought of others first. Corinne
loved traveling with her sister Treesha, her very best friend. Those two would take off, often with little kids in tow, eating cheese whiz sandwiches in the car or whatever it took to make a trip possible — out west for a frontier adventure, panning for gold or the wilds of Alaska. She loved to have fun and she loved her family. She exposed her kids to a wide variety of beautiful places and experiences. Just being with her taught them so much. She was a gardener, an artist, a gifted seamstress, animal lover and notable cook who earned the title “Pie Babe” for her legendary desserts. She would wallpaper your bathroom if you needed it. She lived the Golden Rule. Her son had said when he was unsure of what to do, he’d ask himself “ what would Mom do ?”. The kindness and love she must have shown to others in so many small, unseen, faithful places may be the seeds God uses to bring people closer to Himself. We know she’s hearing “ well done, good and faithful servant’.
She is survived by her children; Mr. Dominic ( Nick ) Stefani, Dr. Jill Billions and husband Dr. Bryan Billions, Mrs. Joy Smith and husband Mr. Gregory Smith, Step Son Mr. Jeff Davis and wife Mrs. Sheron Davis; her grandchildren, Autumn, Joshua, Ethan and Oakley Billions, Allise Fortinberry, Jacob and Olivia Smith; Kyle and Lindsey Davis
Brother Mr. Roger Reakoff and wife Mrs. Norma Reakoff, and a slew of nieces and nephews including but not limited to Jenny Corey, Jack Reakoff, Annette ( Missy ) Buroughs, Heidi Schoppenhorst, Gail Lowe, Clay and Paul Reakoff
She is being buried at a private family graveside service. Due to Covid limitations, a memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging
donations to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society in her memory. https://gbhs.org