The birthday jump

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Jeanette Davis is not your average 77-year old.

Unless you consider jumping out of an airplane to qualify as average, that is.

The North Zulch ISD employee and thrill seeker made the decision to skydive for the first time through The Skydiving Company in Madisonville with her friends in attendance for support on Oct. 14, her 77th birthday.

“You could probably say that I am a daredevil all the way around,” said Davis. “It was just a thrill and an incredible sight to see. It is a breathtaking feeling to jump out of a plane in free fall.”

Jeanette has always believed in living life to the fullest. She boasts a great love for roller coasters and says she jumped off a 25-foot cliff into a lake when she was younger.

She has also been cancer free for a year and a half, but does not believe that influenced her decision to jump. After all, she has always had a craving for adventure.

“I never really thought about that,” said Davis. “I just said I am going to do this because I want to do this. Live every moment. Live it and love it.”

No official plans are currently on the books for her 78th celebration next year, but Davis admitted she did not even know she would be skydiving until a month before she was in free fall. She also gave us a clue of what her next escapade might be by admitting she has a desire to zip-line on Lake Travis.

Davis has been married for 58 years and has two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

“They were having fits when I first told them I was jumping out of an airplane,” said Davis. “But after it was over with they said I could go back and do it again, as if I need permission! And it is certainly something I would do again in a heartbeat.”

While her friends offered moral assistance, Jeanette was the only one who jumped. She was extremely grateful that they were there for her and very excited to prove them wrong by going through with it.

“I do not think they believed I would do it,” said Davis. “I am not a chicken. But they all came out and were so supportive. We had a great time.”

She was also grateful for those at The Skydiving Company for their role in making her experience something she will never forget.

“These people are awesome,” said Davis. “I would recommend giving it a try if you want to do it. Go try it and get the thrill.”

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