Doris E. Davies, kindergarten teacher and supervisor

Doris E. Davies, a retired Baltimore County kindergarten teacher and supervisor, died Oct. 28 of heart failure at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. She was 96.

Mrs. Davies also taught for years in Baltimore City and "loved young children," said her son, David Davies of Dallas.

Born Doris Elaine Pramschufer in Baltimore on May 14, 1916, she grew up on Calumet Avenue in Frankford and graduated from Eastern High School in 1933. She earned a certificate in primary education from the Maryland State Teachers College at Towson in 1936.

She taught in Baltimore city schools from 1936 until 1942, when she married Malcolm Davies, a teacher who had recently been commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. The couple moved to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., where Mr. Davies worked as an air navigator and flight instructor for the duration of World War II.

The couple returned to Maryland after the war and purchased their longtime home on Lowell Drive in Pikesville, where they raised their children.

In 1964, Mrs. Davies returned to teaching in the Baltimore City system. In 1968, she earned a bachelor's degree from Towson State College and the next year, Baltimore County hired her as a kindergarten teacher and supervisor of other teachers.

She taught at Featherbed Lane Elementary School and traveled throughout the county supervising other kindergarten teachers until 1976, when she retired.

Mrs. Davies had a penchant for music and used her talent on the piano in her teaching, her son said.

"If the class got a little antsy, she would just sit down at the piano and play something, and they would immediately quiet down," he said.

She instilled a similar love for music in her own children, and was a devoted and doting grandmother, he said.

After her husband had a stroke in 1984, she cared for him at home for 10 years, until the couple moved into Charlestown. Mr. Davies died in 1994.

In her later years at Charlestown, Mrs. Davies remained active in the senior community, organizing musical concerts and helping establish and promote the property's nature paths.

She also attended Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore.

David Davies said his mother's records reflect her impact on the young teachers whom she advised and include "letters, year after year after year, thanking her for her efforts."

"She was a marvelous teacher and recognized as such," he said.

Burial services for the family will be held Tuesday at Parkwood Cemetery.

In addition to her son, survivors include her daughter, Elaine Davies Hudson of DeKalb, Ill., five grandchildren and two great-grandchilden.

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