Ms. Suber described Mrs. Davis as a "kind and loving person" who "always had a smile and never uttered one word of complaint."

"Josie was a special person and taught us how to live in a positive way. She loved to talk and was always upbeat," said Ms. Suber. "We thought Josie was going to be here forever because in the past when she got sick, she always bounced back."

Mrs. Davis, who never expected to live a long life, was thrilled when her grandson, Lamont Jones, was born.

"She thought she would never see Lamont celebrate his first birthday, so she celebrated it every month for his first year," said Ms. Davis. "She got to see him graduate from high school and attend Morgan [State] University. He'll graduate next year."

Mrs. Davis enjoyed watching her two favorite films, "Gone With the Wind" and "The Sound of Music," her daughter said. She was also an avid reader.

Mrs. Davis was a longtime communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville.

"My mother always told us to pray and have morals," said Ms. Davis. "Now, my mother is finally on vacation. Anyone who knew my mother would say she was a beautiful person. We often don't get to know an angel, but I had one my entire life."

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at her church.

In addition to her daughter and grandson, Mrs. Davis is survived by another daughter, Tonya N. Sewell of Pikesville; five brothers, Edward Owens, Louis Owens, James Owens, Jerome Owens and Elsworth Owens, all of Baltimore; and three sisters, Jean Owens of Baltimore, Carolyn Harrison of Randallstown and Gloria Ratcliff of Pikesville.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com