Danae Lila Davis Shill, the personification of joy, returned to the open arms of her beloved Savior on May 29, 2021. She was 48 years old. Three times she faced the mountain of cancer, filled with hope that it could be moved, and confident in the power that could move it. Twice the mountain was removed. But the third time, still armed with faith, she climbed that mountain straight up to her Lord. While her experience with cancer does not define her, she proved herself triumphant and exemplary as she faced it with grace, poise, hope, and courage. She had profound confidence in her Savior and held faithful and strong to the end.
Born to Bart and Kathy Davis in Idaho Falls, Idaho on May 1, 1973, she brought light and love from the very beginning. In 1978 her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1991, where she made many friends and delighted in a myriad of activities, the most impactful of which was choir and seminary. Upon graduation, she attended Ricks College where she met her best friend and “person”, Talmage Shill. They married August 24, 1994 in the Salt Lake City Temple. They finished their college education at Utah State University, then moved to Richmond Virginia where Talmage attended medical school. Further medical training took them to Mesa, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she developed life-long friendships. Finally, they settled in Farmington Utah where they established a warm and welcoming home. While Danae cherished her life experiences and the relationships developed, the crowning joy in each of the places they lived was the birth of a child. She was magnificent at so many things, but her heart and life were most devoted to her treasures: Braden, Collin, Lila, Caleb and Emma. She recognized the uniqueness of each of her children and nurtured their individual gifts, arming them with tools that would help them steer their own ships under the guiding direction of a heavenly light. She was a supreme example of faith coupled with hard work, sprinkled with a good measure of flexibility and good humor.
Danae lived a life that was wholly consistent inside and out. Her religion was integrated into her everyday life. She savored the power of words, especially holy words, and she devoured her scriptures daily. She put into action what she believed, serving not only in her home but in her community and church. She
“Love and take care of each other.” accepted leadership roles, especially in women’s and children’s organizations in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has served multiple times as president of Primary and Relief Society groups. She was an effective leader to the whole, and always a trusted friend to the one. She accepted and embraced all people exactly as they were. She led with a rare combination of power and humility and is loved by so many.
Besides her parents, husband, and children, Danae leaves her print upon her siblings Dina Fitzpatrick and Brandon Davis, mother-in-law Nancy Shill, daughter-in-law Miah Shill and her soon-to-be-born first grandchild. She is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Talmage W. Shill, who loved her. It was her request to be buried near him. We are all better souls for having known and loved her.
The Shill family will welcome visitors on Friday, June 4th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Russon Brothers Mortuary 1941 N. Main Street, Farmington, Utah, 84025.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Saturday, June 5th, at the Farmington North LDS Stake Center, 729 Shepard Lane, Farmington, Utah 84025. Additional visitation available prior to the funeral services from 9:00 - 9:45am.
Interment will follow the services in Wellsville, Utah.
Danae’s final request to her family, friends, and fellow travelers was to “Love and take care of each other.” You can best honor her by giving life to her words.
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Danae is a beautiful example of all that is good. I loved her in our school days for her kindness and gentleness and her warm, friendly ways. I was so happy to be in touch with her again when our paths crossed at BYU Women’s Conference and when our sons were serving in the same mission in Thailand. She continues to inspire me as I think about what was written in her obituary about her love of the Savior, the scriptures, and the joy she found in being a mother.
I feel so blessed to have known Danae and to have been her friend.
My condolences and prayers for her dear family.
With love and great admiration for my beautiful friend ~
Shawna Berrett Borg
Rest In Peace my beautiful friend. I have so many treasured childhood memories with you. We would sneak into your sisters closet and try on her clothes and wear her high healed shoes. We tried to make a summer paradise on the canal behind our neighborhood, we swam in your pool, we survived junior high, we created our own language and so many more. You are an example of strength and dedication and love. Thank you for your friendship, your smile, and kindness. I love you Danae.
Your forever friend,
Kim Barton Mitchell
Danae was full of love and always had a smile on her face. Her quiet reverence and ways made me instantly love her as we recently moved into Farmington and she was our primary president. She made us all feel at ease and how we quickly became friends. Her oldest daughter Lila has been a favorite babysitter, and we knew things weren't right when we had a hard time reaching Lila and heard that Danae's cancer was back. Such a young one and such a sweetheart. All I can say is how sorry I am for the dear Shill Family. Cowans are close and we will do anything. I recall seeing Collin I believe as Peter Pan as a new move in, and she had got her wings and is a fairy quietly observing and very much apart of your lives from another realm. I can't see Danae going very far and must have had some very special assignment that only she could fulfill. Danae I will never forget you. Until we meet again.
What a beautiful soul she is. I grew up in the same neighborhood as Danae. One of my fondest memories was our summer night activities on her street where all the kids would get together and play night games. I was fortunate to get to know her again when I moved to Farmington and our paths crossed when Collin was cast as the lead in a city production I Produced. She was kind, supportive and so helpful. She will be dearly missed and has left a beautiful and impactful imprint on this community.