OBITUARIES: Burns Smith Davis

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OBITUARIES

Burns Smith Davis, 63 years old, September 8, 2011, at her home in Lincoln, Nebr. Born Bonnie Jill Reimer to Barney J. and Martha Louise Smith Reimer on November 13, 1947, in Enid, OkIa., she later took her first and last names from beloved and influential piano teachers. She received a BMus degree and, in 1972, a master of library science degree from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Davis held library jobs at the University of Arkansas, for the library system of Yakima, Wash., and in Red Bluff, Calif. She earned an MS degree in botany in Yakima. She was also a certified nursinghome administrator in Cupertino, Calif., where she was active with a ragtime piano group and festival. In Los Gatos, Calif., she expanded her career to include business consulting and design. She came to Lincoln to join the state library commission and developed Davis Business Systems. In 1998, she attended the Myotherapy Institute to become a massage therapist and quickly became known for her gifted skills. Her business name, Ehaweh Arts, honored an Indian great-grandmother known as a healer in Oklahoma. …