Mary E. Davisson, 26

Loved music, church

December 09, 2007

Mary Emily Davisson, a resident of the Far Hills group home in Towson who loved music, died in her sleep of cardiac arrest Tuesday at the facility where she lived. She was 26.

Born in Oakland, Calif., Ms. Davisson, who was known as Emily, moved with her family to Baltimore County, where she received special-education services at Eastern Regional Center and then Battle Monument School in Baltimore.

She also lived in a residential school in Delaware and a group home in Elkton, spending many weekends and holidays with her family. As an adult, Ms. Davisson moved to Far Hills and also attended a day program.

"She had wonderful staff and wonderful housemates there who were an important part of her life," said her mother, the Rev. Mary H.T. Davisson, executive director of the Baltimore International Seafarers Center. "She loved music, and she loved people. She loved humming tunes. She loved going to church and listening to the choir sing."

Among Ms. Davisson's favorite songs were "You are My Sunshine" and the Mickey Mouse Club song, her mother said.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to her mother, Ms. Davisson is survived by her father, Edwin Orlando Davisson; and two brothers, Edwin Steuart Davisson and John Louis Davisson.

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