Lela Davis Herbert
Lela Davis Herbert, a successful owner of an East Bay drapery business and active civic leader, died on Sept. 24. She was 86.
Born May 5, 1926 to Bishop Canary Davis and Cora Burkley Lamb in Cherokee County, Rusk, Texas, she accepted the Lord at a young age and was baptized in the Church of the Living God.
She relocated in 1942 to Richmond, California.
Herbert worked at the Naval Ship Yard and later learned the upholstery and drapery manufacturing business and earned a real estate license.
A civic leader in Richmond, she co-founded the Hoffman’s Homeowners Association in 1952, and the Richmond Democratic Club. Working with the late Senator George Miller, Sr., she served on many commissions, boards and committees.
She later became involved in civic affairs in Berkeley.