Mary Black Griffin Davis, 84, of Lampasas, died on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights, TX.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church Lampasas on Friday, February 3, 2023, at 2 pm. The interment will be private.
Mary was born in Ranger, Texas on March 20, 1938, to Eula Mae Erwin Griffin and Isaac N. Griffin. She grew up in McKinney, Texas and was very active in school activities, and graduated with honors in 1956. She attended North Texas State University and graduated cum laude in 1959 with a BS in Education/Geography. She later did graduate work at North Texas State University and SMU.
She married Norman Davis in McKinney and they lived in Corsicana and Henderson before moving to Lampasas in 1993.
Mrs. Davis taught in public schools for fourteen years as an elementary teacher and later taught at Kilgore College in the Art Department as a teacher of the Calligraphic Arts. She was also a writing consultant and visiting artist for the Longview Art Council working in the Longview Public Schools and Pine Tree Public Schools. She did freelance calligraphic work for businesses and individuals across the country.
Mrs. Davis was an active participant in community affairs having served on many boards through the years. Among them were the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Rusk County Child Welfare Board, United Way of Lampasas County, Keystone Museum Board, Child Protective Services Board of Lampasas County, and Col Potter Cairn Rescue Network to name a few. She was also a member of several social/service clubs including Henderson Woman's Forum, the American Association of University Women, and the Pierian Club of Lampasas. Mary also organized and was very active in Friends of the Lampasas Animal Shelter (FLAS). Because of her and the organization, many large projects were funded and accomplished for the Shelter.
She was a devoted Presbyterian serving as an elder in several churches throughout her lifetime. She was also active in the church school as a teacher of both adults and children and served in leadership positions in Presbyterian Women.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, Norman N. Davis; two cousins, James. A. Griffin, of Dallas, and Mary Katherine Bartels of Henderson, and her Godson, Mark E. Bartels.
Memorials may be made to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 100 East 27th Street, Austin, TX, 76705, Lampasas County Public Library, or Col Potter Cairn Rescue Network, PO Box 1354, Romoland, CA, 92585-1354.