Mary Lee Davis, 81, active in community theater and church choir

January 14, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mary Lee Davis, a retired secretary and former Dundalk resident who enjoyed performing in community theater, died Dec. 21 of heart failure at her Clearwater, Fla., home. She was 81.

The former Mary Lee Brown was born and raised in Rivesville, W.Va., where she also graduated from high school.

In 1949, she married John Walter Davis, and the couple moved to Dundalk when her husband went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Sparrows Point.

Mrs. Davis worked as a secretary in Bethlehem's public relations department for many years, and spent the last decade working for McLean Contracting Co. in Curtis Bay, until retiring in 1996.

While raising her children, Mrs. Davis was a part-time sales associate at the old Huztler's department store at Eastpoint Mall, and for a Dundalk lawyer.

While living in Dundalk, she was an active member of Woolford Baptist Church where she was a member of its choir.

During the 1960s and 1970s, she performed with the Spotlighters, Mount Vernon Players, Free State Musical and the Dunmanwayfarers, and appeared in productions of "L'il Abner," "The Drunkard," "Blithe Spirit," "Angel Street" and "Critic's Choice."

Mrs. Davis was divorced in 1981 and moved to Ocean City in 1996. Since 1997, she and her companion of 14 years, Vincent J. Pace, have lived in Clearwater.

She was an active member of Friendship United Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir and took communion to home-bound parishioners.

"Never one to let the grass grow under her feet, she moved several times after her divorce," said her daughter, Kathy Capecci of Finksburg.

"Her children always told relatives never to put Mary Lee's address in ink, because a move was seldom permanent," her daughter said. "She actually kept a written record of all of her addresses, all 11 of them. She was a vibrant person with an infectious laugh."

Mrs. Davis was an avid gardener.

"She was out watering her plants the day before she died," said Mrs. Capecci.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Haight Funeral Home, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

In addition to her daughter and companion, Mrs. Davis is survived by two sons, Mark Davis of Forest Hill and Gregory Davis of Winchester, Va.; two brothers, Jack Brown of Belpre, Ohio, and Fletcher Brown of Parker, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Jacqueline Sue Davis, died in 1951.

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