Amy E. Davis, 103, nurse, family matriarch

May 13, 2006

Amy E. Davis, a retired nurse who was the matriarch of a family with 66 descendants, died of complications from a stroke and a heart attack May 6 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The East Towson resident was 103.

Born Amy Elbertha Brown in Saluda County, S.C., she moved to Baltimore County at the time of her 1923 marriage to George W. Davis. Mr. Davis died in 1988.

Mrs. Brown was a nurse at the old Eudowood Sanitarium in Towson and later did domestic work for Towson families.

On her 100th birthday on Sept. 26, 2002, family members gave her two parties at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hunt Valley.

About 300 people attended the first and 250 the second.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Olive Baptist Church, at York Road and Bosley Avenue in Towson, where she had been a deaconess, teacher and choir member.

Survivors include four sons, Thomas W. Davis of Ocean City, Louis Davis of Corrigan, Texas, and George E. Davis and Willie Davis, both of Baltimore; three daughters, Doretha Carr of Towson, Naomi Alston of Baltimore and Amy D. Shipley of Aberdeen; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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