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Jean L Davis
August 1, 2023
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SISTER JEAN LEAH DAVIS was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 2, 1935, to Sister Christina and Elder Irving Niles, and was the youngest of nine siblings. Sister Jean’s spiritual journey began at a young age and was nurtured early in life at the Antioch Temple Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which her father had founded and served as the Pastor until his death.
Jean was raised in a virtuous environment that placed a preeminence on hard work. After graduating from Cambridge Latin High School, she began working for the Bell Telephone Company and enjoyed a productive career there.
After a relatively short time working in, and successfully contributing to, corporate America, it became apparent to Jean that she possessed an inherent desire to create a more meaningful societal contribution. Subsequently, Jean began employment and volunteering at several community serving organizations in the non-profit sector. It was during this stage of Jean’s career that she realized in order to effectuate a more significant and positive difference, she would need to further her own education. Consequently, she enrolled at the Boston State college (now the University of Massachusetts—Boston), while simultaneously maintaining employment and facilitating community change at the Ecumenical Center in Roxbury. Two years later, Jean received a degree in education and immediately put her higher learning to use by teaching first grade in the Cambridge public school system. The synergistic effect of her passion for contributing to the betterment of others, combined with the opportunity to catalyze the development of young minds, allowed Jean to embrace her desire to make a meaningful societal impact. Jean eventually retired from the Cambridge Public school system after decades of effective teaching and redirected her energy to working in the church.
Sister Jean actively participated in several Apostolic churches over the course of her life: Emmanuel Temple Pentecostal Church, Antioch Temple and House of Prayer #5, just to name a few; and contributed to those churches in a variety of capacities, including but not limited to: The Missionary Auxiliary, Sunday School Teacher, Senior Choir Member, Sunday School Superintendent, Women’s Auxiliary member, Usher Board member, food pantry, Bible Bowl, Massachusetts State Council and Prayer Warrior.
In spite of failing health, Jean never stopped praising God, up until she passed away in the company of her ever-loving husband/life-partner and their son, at the tender age of 87—one day before her 88th birthday. Jean is survived by her husband of 52 years, Deacon Phillip Davis, Jr.; their son, Phillip W. Davis IV; a number of loving nieces, nephews, and friends; and the church community which she counted as an important branch to her extended family tree.