M. Jane Davis, 83, VA hospital worker

April 13, 2003

M. Jane Davis, a former manager in the X-ray department at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Northeast Baltimore who was active in the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 83.

Born in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane Morris was raised in Connellsville, Pa.

After graduation from Connellsville High School, she moved to Baltimore in 1942 where she attended Morgan State College. She briefly taught at Carver Vocational Technical High School before going to work as a secretary for the Social Security Administration, then located in the Candler Building on the waterfront in downtown Baltimore.

She married Ralph V. Davis in 1956. The couple resided in Northwood.

Mrs. Davis was a clerk for the Air Force in the 1950s, and later for the Coast Guard, Food and Drug Administration, and Public Health Administration in the 1960s.

In 1969, she joined the X-ray department of the Veterans Administration Hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard, where she later became a manager. She retired in 1985.

She served as president of Local 2084 of the American Federation of Government Employees from 1983 to 1988.

Mrs. Davis enjoyed traveling to Europe, San Francisco and the Caribbean. An avid reader, she was a member of several book clubs and enjoyed playing bridge and traveling.

She was a member of Pathfinders, Toastmasters, National Tots and Teens, Panel of American Women, and Nosotras, a social club.

"She mentored several neighborhood children," said her son, Kevin E. Davis of Baltimore.

She was a longtime member of the Ladies Guild of Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 2500 Harlem Ave., Baltimore, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Davis is survived by two nieces.

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