Pauline Florence Davis was born on February 20, 1935, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Lillian Belle Johns and Theodore David Barkley. She departed this earthly life at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 9, 2022, after the Lord said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. It is finished.”
She was the matriarch of the family and has passed on the baton.
Pauline was educated in the Baltimore City public school system. However, she was gifted by God with a keen sense of wisdom and discernment. Her father, she shared, would always say to her, “Paul, (in which he affectionately called her) you have mother’s wit”. She had a prophetic anointing on her life that was also given to her children and their children.
She met the love of her life, Durant Legrand Davis, at Johns Hopkins Hospital where they both worked. They were later wed for 45 years until Durant’s death in 2018.
Pauline had a gift for cooking. She would prepare the most delicious homecooked meals for her husband, children, and grandchildren throughout the week, not just on Sundays. Everyone loved Aunt Pauline’s cooking! She sold dinners, baked cakes, pies, cobblers, and the list go on. Many came from miles around to taste her cooking. She would sell dinners that would be sold out within a few hours once the workers of Johns Hopkins came by. She was the master chef of the entire family hands down. That gift also has been passed down to her children and their children. She loved gardening! She and her husband would spend hours in their garden planting beautiful flowers and vegetation. Her sons Chris and Tommy helped on numerous occasions planting many shrubs and trees. Her beautiful landscaping was recognized in a local paper in Forsyth County for best kept garden.
She had the gift also for interior and exterior decorating. Beautifying her home was her love language.
Pauline was saved at a young age, she loved God. She reverenced Him. She had a praying daddy that taught her about the Lord and how to pray. She kept her family and those that were near and dear to her in prayer. Putting many on the alter. God is faithful in answering prayer, in His due season. She prayed for many. Her favorite Bible chapter was Psalm 91.
She and her husband Durant was blessed to own properties and always had beautiful homes. She loved to decorate her house changing up the décor to match each festive holiday. But Christmas was her favorite. She would carry her children to shops at the Olde Town Mall, Lexington Street and Sears and Roebuck to purchase clothes, toys, and other gifts for the Christmas holiday. Her children could not wait to wear their new pajamas on Christmas eve.
“Mrs. Davis”, her daughter Doris affectionally would call her, gave the average person a run for their money she was more than a handful. and at the same time would have a closet full of gifts for the children she felt was in need. That was her passion.
Pauline loved all her grandchildren dearly therefore God charged her with the raising of two, Tiffany Baker and Labryant Baker.
Those left to cherish special moments and memories of Pauline are her two sons William and Roosevelt Baker (daughter in law Renee). Four daughters Kathleen Weaver, Doris Shorter (son in law Richard), Donna and Crystal Baker. Sixteen grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren; three sisters Amanda Graves, Ruth Scott and Lillian Jackson; a host of great nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Durant, daughter Lorraine Denise McQueen and son Roy Lee Via Baker.
Next to the loss of her husband her biggest heartbreak was the loss of her two children, Lorraine and Roy.
She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
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