“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV.
This scripture epitomizes the life and work of Susan Maureen Davis a true reflection of God’s kindness and grace. God used Susan to show His love, His kindness and His grace to all those she encountered, enabling her to have an immeasurable impact on innumerable lives.
Her work ethic was unprecedented and often baffled those who knew her. Her nursing career as an LVN spanned nearly 45 years and while she treated and served many patients, she possessed a special gift for caring for the elderly and exceptionally ill. She truly understood the intrinsic truth that there is a science to caring and every soul needs compassion and connection.
The fruit of her life was not only in the Lord’s support of her, but Him honoring His daughter with extraordinary strength and grace.
Susan understood the true precious gifts in life were found in the Spirit of God and showering those connected to her with love and kindness.
Susan was faithful to all things in her life: God, her children, her loved ones, her patients, her career and so much more. Her children, Mignon, Cynthia and Brandon were truly the centerpieces of her life. She reared them with a rare and unique Mother’s love- always impressing upon them the importance of legacy. She taught them to love the Lord and to be confident in themselves; to do good and serve other people. She adamantly impressed her work ethic into her children, all of whom are now successful entrepreneurs who provide and care for their families and their community.
The world was blessed by Susan’s grand entrance on February 26, 1953. Born to Steve and Vivian Davis and raised in Oakland, CA, Susan was cut from a very unique cloth. She did not live a life caught up in superficialities; she was direct and to the point with all people and in all matters. Her focus was always on the hearts of her family and others.
Her love of cooking and travel were superseded only by the joy she received from spending time with her children and grandchildren. Affectionately called Nonnie or Nonna by her grandchildren, if she wasn’t cooking or baking with them, she was busy creating and crafting with them. She poured the very best of herself into them, always looking for new and exciting ways to help them discover and explore their own gifts and talents.
Susan never missed a new movie premier with her grandchildren, and she always sought ways to make every birthday and holiday special for each grandchild.
Loving. Strong. Determined. Intelligent. Introspective. Resourceful. Compassionate. Generous. Resilient. That is how those closest to her would describe such an exceptional woman who housed both wisdom and beauty.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents Vivian Lee Davis and Steve James Davis, Sr. She departed this life leaving a beautiful legacy for her children Mignon, Cynthia (Joseph) and Brandon; grandchildren Jadon, Christopher, James, Jada, Christian, Elias, Brijida, Aaniah, Brandon Jr., Braylen, and Aamora; and great-granddaughter Nalani. She also leaves to celebrate her life siblings: Creamie (Bobby), Mary Ann, Donald (Bonnie), Ronald, Steve Jr. (Gail), Philip Sr. (Elizabeth), Steve Jr, Vivian Ellen and Leonard (Josephine), and a host of relatives and friends.
Susan departed this life to be with the Lord with an unshakable faith, convinced of God’s provision and power. She resided in God’s peace and presence and did not approach the end of this temporal life in fear, but with joy and heavenly hope. Her life and legacy are a true testament of God’s power and love.
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