Georgia A. Davis, 66 nurse, professional cook

May 08, 2004

Georgia A. Davis, a retired cook and nurse, died May 1 of cancer at her West Baltimore home. She was 66.

She was born Georgia Alma Pettigrew in Amherst, Va., moved to Baltimore as a child and was a 1956 graduate of Dunbar High School.

Mrs. Davis began cooking professionally in the late 1950s. She worked for the old Bluefeld Catering Co. and later Martin's Caterers, from which she retired in 2000. She also worked as a private duty nurse.

She enjoyed entertaining family and friends, and was known for her seafood dishes, especially lobster Cantonese, seafood gumbo and crab imperial, family members said.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1601 Eastern Ave., Essex.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, George L. Davis Jr., a retired steelworker; four sons, Nelson Pettigrew and George L. Davis Jr., both of Baltimore, Lloyd Davis of Randallstown and Ricky Pettigrew of Pleasantville, N.J.; two daughters, Crystal A. Cooper and Aleta Davis, both of Baltimore; a brother, Thurmund Pettigrew of Randallstown; two sisters, Rose Brown of Arizona and Cliffreda Elliott of Randallstown; 24 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A fifth son, Morris Pettigrew, died in 1986.

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