April Mae Grandinette-Davis, age 34, of Leavittsburg, OH, formerly of Buckhannon and Fairmont, WV, died unexpectedly in a car accident on September 14, 2021. Her death was a tragic accident, and her family is devastated by this loss but committed to honoring her life and memory.
Those celebrating April’s life and mourning this loss are April’s devoted husband, Dave Davis; her adored daughter, Aria Davis; loving parents, Sharon and Ted Grandinette; grandmother, Joyce M. Wilfong; uncle, Rusty Tenney and aunt, Marya Tenney; aunts: Debbie Wilfong-Cork, Linda Grandinette, Betty Myrdahl and Vickie Chaney; uncles: Terry Grandinette and Tom Grandinette; cousins, Tim and Carrie Simmons; cousins, Ashley Simmons and Alyssa Simmons, to whom she was “grandma”; cousins, Savannah Tenney and Laura Tenney, to whom she was “sister-cousin”; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and close family members.
She was preceded in death by pawpaw, Vess and grandma, Jean Grandinette; grandfather, Jason Tenney; step grandfather, Ruben Wilfong; and special aunt, Kaye Nowak.
April was born on October 7, 1986, to Ted and Sharon Grandinette, of Buckhannon, WV. April attended Buckhannon-Upshur High School and graduated from Fairmont State University, class of 2008, where she later worked as an adjunct professor and was loved by her students and colleagues alike.
April married her college sweetheart, Dave Davis in 2010. Together, they were blessed with their wonderful daughter, Aria, who was April’s whole life. As a mother, April went above and beyond, even when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She faced this diagnosis with the strength and fearlessness of the superwoman and supermom she was, and she did so with her unique brand of authenticity and humor.
Her many interests included cats, art, photography and graphic design, as well as an unparalleled enthusiasm for scary movies and all things spooky. In her home, it was Halloween all-year-round, and April was famous for her Halloween parties. She loved gardening, caring for her chickens, baking, canning, and sharing the fruits of her labor. She also ran her own photography and design business which exemplified her many artistic talents, often lending her skills to friends and family in need of an artistic hand. She was a great believer in the blessings of science and the transformative nature of education, acting as a skilled and dedicated homeschool teacher to Aria for many years.
April will be forever missed by her family and friends. She was a fierce and loving advocate for her family and those lucky enough to call her a friend. Most of all, she was an incredible, loving wife to Dave and superhero, one-of-a-kind mom to Aria.
April was passionate about reading and appreciated the power of words. The depth and intensity of her love for her daughter is exemplified in the power of these words from one of her favorite books: “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in April’s memory to the affoGATO Cat Cafe or the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Funeral arrangements will be private.