Mary Kathryn was born in Sanford Florida, to Kenneth Brown and Flossie Marie Pugh on June 17, 1934, she was the third oldest of five siblings, Sister Lilly Pugh, Brother Earl Kenneth Brown, Sister Shirley Ann Fox, and Brother Robert Louis Golden, all whom proceeded her in death
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When she was very young the family moved to Hornell New York, a small Suburban town. The family later moved to the city of Syracuse where She attended Central High. the small town where they first lived there were very few people of color and her mother wanted to expose her children she said, to “people that looked like them”!
It was in Syracuse New York at age fifteen (15) she met the man who would become the love of her life, her husband; her childhood sweetheart Charles Davis Sr... After their wedding, the couple moved to Boston, Massachusetts, from their union, five children were born, Charles Jr. Malea’ Charlene, Denise Carol, Stephanie Maria, and Felicia Cimberly.
The newly wedded couple was separated, when Charles went off to the Korean War due to the draft. Once Charles returned from war, Charles and Mary had what she described as a fairy tale life. They attended Black and White Balls and various other highlighted social events; they lived a very comfortable life. Charles was a Brother of the Mason organization, and Mary Kathryn was a daughter of the Eastern Stars as well as a daughter of the Elks organization. They were friends with the late Senator Royal Boiling Sr. as well as the late acquaintances with the former Mayor of Boston, the late Kevin White, and various state representatives. These acquaintances led them to give their children experiences that they might not otherwise have had, such as annual vacations on Martha’s Vineyard and many other wonderful experiences. They were the family to know, well liked and well respected. Unfortunately, tragedy struck, when a medical condition took Charles from Mary in 1973.
Passionate about education, Mary went on to pursue her higher education. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree at Boston State College and began to pursue a social work career. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in social services, she went on to Boston University and earned an MSW degree. However, due to have been diagnosed with life threating cancer. She was unable to complete her education at that time as she was pursuing a PHD but later she went on to obtain a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Lesley University. She said, “teaching was her true vocation, and passion.” Mary Kathryn went on to become a teacher and taught elementary school grades in the Boston Public School System for thirty years and retired at the very young age of age seventy-five.
After many Chemotherapy and Radiation treatments Mary Kathryn was told by the doctors at Beth Israel Hospital the cancer had entered her blood stream and there was
nothing more, they were able to do; man had done their best and had given up; GOD had not! As she prayed beside her mother’s bed asking God to please let good people finish raising her five children, because she felt her mother was up in age and could not handle the burden.
It was then the spirit of the Lord spoke to her and said, “do not worry you will live and Not Die, and you will raise your children yourself!” At that moment she felt the spirit of the lord come over her and felt that she truly had been healed
When she returned to Beth Israel Hospital the doctors were truly amazed as they could find no trace of cancer in her system.
Mary Kathryn was an activist and civic minded person and became involved in many political and social movements. She was a front runner for developing change in the black communities of Roxbury/Dorchester and Mattapan.
Mary Kathryn’s history had always involved activism. She was active in many organizations that participated in education and the betterment of the black community; she frequently participated on a voluntary basis, and said it was for her people. She marched with the honorable Martin Luther King Jr, and the Black Panther Party in solidarity for her people.
She was the director of the Charles Drew Family health Center, now known as the Harvard Street community health center. For her work there, she was awarded an NAACP Woman of the year award.
Another of her proudest activism was being one of the original founding members of Operation Exodus, with Ellen Jackson the originators of the organization for quality education for minority children and communities.
Mary Kathryn loved people period, regardless of race, color, nationality or creed. She had no problem working with or being involved with people of all ethnic background.
Her enthusiasm for equality and changed was reflected by her travels, she was an advent traveler, and has eaten all types of cuisine, from frog legs, to escargot, to chocolate covered ants. She was courageous and a pioneer, her thirst for knowledge thru books and travel was relentless, and never could be quenched. She herself was a published Author Having published her first book titled “In the Shadow of Death.” (Malea’s Story) She also completed a second book entitled Mr. President; Barack Obama 44th President of the United States but was not able to get published before her journey home.
The teacher in Mary K, was always prevalent… you’d better not slip with your English tense because she would always corner you, then you’d find yourself for the rest of the day reciting, I DID SEE, I HAVE SEEN, I SAW!!!! She loved to sing but she couldn’t hold a tune to save her life! you almost wanted to run out the room when she started up and as far as a sense of humor is concern, you’d think everybody has one, no siry buddy!
If you were to give hers a rating, you’d be pushing it to give her a four! That was one serious woman!
But through it all she had a heart of gold there was nothing you couldn’t ask for if she was able to give it, it was yours. Sometimes she came at you with a rough disposition but underneath, was love, affection and caring for you.
Mary Kathryn gave her life to the Lord at twelve years old and was water baptized in Syracuse New York. However; Mary Kathryn’s Christian walk began at Charles Street
A.M.E Church in Roxbury, Ma, which began under the pasturage of Rev. Walter C. Davis. After many years at Charles Street, Mary Kathryn’s life changed when she was spoken to from the spirit of the, Lord who said to her that He was “going to do a New Thing in her”. God led Mary Kathryn to Holy Temple Church in Roxbury; under “The United Holy Church of America Diocese of Pentecostal affiliation under the Discipleship of Elder Daniel L, Reason. Here, she became Concentrated and Ordained as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She said the Lord said, “I called you to be a Teacher of my word in the fivefold Ministry, and go where I “send you, when I send you”.
Minister Mary Kathryn became a spiritual mother and a prayer warrior; she had a host of spiritual daughters and sons that she would frequently gather in the name of the lord.
These relationships strengthen her bond between the Lord and herself. She was a true missionary which also led her to New Life Restoration Center, under the honorable late Bishop Bernard Bragg. There, she developed a new perspective of the gospel and a new relationship with the lord.
Years before the lord called her home, she became a member and mother of Grace Church of All Nations which is where she chose to be sent home, under the pasturage of the honorable Bishop A. Livingston Foxworth. This was the last place God had called her to. There she was active in the church until she could no longer continue the way she would have liked.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Davis Sr., her only Son Charles Davis Jr. and leaves to cherish in her memory, (4) daughters, Malea’ Charlene Davis, Denise Carol Davis Good, Stephanie Maria Davis Dennis, and Felicia Cimberly Davis (8) Grand Children, N-neka Rene Smith (Husband Antoine) Tauna Necole Good-Springer ( whom she had a special relationship with), O’kera Rushawn Davis (Wife Stephanie), Kendell Renault Griffith, Kalea’ Shaundell Griffith, Erica Charmaine Davis, Martin Xavier Davis, Samantha Shanice Davis (14) Great-grandchildren, Finesse Chartique Pratt, Martin Xavier Davis, Wilfred Taje de Shields-Lynch, Ne’colette Denise Pratt, O’kera Daquan Harris, Kailand Kendell Charles Griffith, Rushawn Joel Davis, Sean Solomon Davis, Alexander Charles Davis, Tiauna-Trinity Antonae Smith, Ari Justice Smith, Kavaun Z’yaire Isaac Griffith, Ariel Faith Davis, Zalea’ Monet’ Griffith (3) Great-great grandchildren, Zuri Sani de Shields-Lynch, Pharaoh Don Duplessy, Lirah Valley de- Shields-Lynch
She lived to see five generations! May she rest in the Lord!