Shirley J. Davis, 79

Hospital dietitian

March 24, 2007

Shirley J. Davis, a retired dietitian and former Mays Chapel resident, died March 16 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village. She was 79.

She was born in Baltimore and raised on Windsor Road in Sudbrook Park. She was a 1944 graduate of Franklin High School and earned her bachelor's degree in home economics in 1948 from Hood College.

She received her certification as a registered dietitian from the Bronx Veterans Hospital in New York City.

She subsequently worked as a dietitian at Perry Point Veterans Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital and Longview Nursing Home in Manchester before becoming chief dietitian at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

At Perry Point and at Union Memorial, Miss Davis taught nursing students courses in nutrition, home management, sewing and budget preparation.

After retiring from the hospice in the early 1990s, she maintained a private practice for a few years.

Miss Davis enjoyed collecting antique furniture, glassware and china, and was a partner in Friend's Folly, an antiques business. She also was an accomplished gourmet cook who enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She also was an avid gardener and tennis player.

She was a member of the Maryland Dietetics Association and of the Unitarian Church in Timonium.

After her marriages to Gifford E. Blaylock Jr. and Calvin Schutzman ended in divorce, she resumed the use of her maiden name.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 15 at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village, 6811 Campfield Road, Baltimore.

Survivors include a son, Gifford E. Blaylock III of Portage, Mich.; a daughter, Gayle B. Fontaine of Gilbertsville, Pa.; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Betz of Riderwood; and three grandchildren.

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