June 15, 2011 was a sad day for the many people who knew and loved former Dodge City resident, Belen (Erives) Davis. That day, she passed away at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, after suffering complications from childbirth.


     June 15, 2011 was a sad day for the many people who knew and loved former Dodge City resident, Belen (Erives) Davis. That day, she passed away at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, after suffering complications from childbirth.
     Belen Davis, born in Stanton, Texas was 27 years young. Her friends and family say that her life was a celebration of many things. Davis was a new bride of two years to Jeremy Davis, and a mother to her new baby boy, Karsen Dale Davis, her son Justin James Hernandez and daughter Sheylie Daneilel Davis. She was an active member of the Dodge City Church of the Nazarene and was PTO president of Northwest Elementary School.
     Belen was known as a compassionate person by her family and all those who knew her in the community.
     "She had a heart of gold," Mindy Hornback, Davis' sister said in an interview Friday. "She taught me how to love unconditionally and how to be compassionate. She was a person who was always concerned, caring and encouraging."   
     Bianca Alvarez, a friend and coworker of Davis' remembered that Davis would always come early to meetings.  
     "She would sit in the front row and share these wonderful, heartfelt stories about her family. She was just a really good person and she touched so many lives," Alvarez said.
     Hornback said that Davis' giving even extended beyond her life. As an organ and tissue donor, Davis has continued to touch the lives of others.
     Among Davis' many friends, is Lucy Mendez, a hometown wrestler who suggested a benefit be done for Belen and her family.
     "I met Belen through her sister, Mindy, she was so much fun and always had a smile on her face. I miss her smile and her laughter," Mendez said in a phone interview Tuesday.
     Davis was a strong follower of her Christian faith. Through her faith she discovered great happiness and encouragement and positive outlook that others found infectious.  
     "She taught me to always have faith and always place everything in God's hands," Mendez said.
Mendez is a member of World League Wrestling under the coaching of 8-time heavy weight champion, Harley Race.
     "Harley was interested in doing a show in Dodge City, he asked if I knew someone we can do a benefit for and I automatically thought of Belen and her family," Mendez said.
     The Benefit will be held at the Dodge City National Guard Armory, Friday,  September 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show will run to 10 p.m. It will be the first hometown debut for local wrestler, Lucy Mendez, she will be one of the 5 matches Friday evening.
     Harley Race is also scheduled to attend and will be greeting and signing autographs for fans.
Tickets are available at Tropical Island Tan & Fitness, Central Station Bar & Grill, Solis Real Estate and Latinos Disco. A portion of the admission profits, and all concessions profits will go to Davis' family.

Reach Nancy Calderon at (620) 408-9914 or email her at nancy.calderon@dodgeglobe.com