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Gwendolyn H. "Winkie" Davis, teacher

Gwendolyn H. "Winkie" Davis, a retired substitute and kindergarten teacher, died Nov. 12 of complications from diabetes at Woodbridge Valley Manor Care Center in Catonsville. She was 92.

Gwendolyn Hughes was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. After graduating in 1938 from Dunbar High School, she earned her teaching certificate in 1940 from what was then Coppin Normal School.

The longtime Waverly resident was a Baltimore public schools substitute teacher for more than 25 years, including many years at Clifton Park Junior High School.

She later was a co-teacher with her sister in kindergarten classes at Oliver Cromwell Elementary School and the old School No. 39 at Carrollton and Riggs avenues, until retiring in the 1970s.

"She was such a humble person yet extremely motivating, nurturing and inspiring," said her daughter, Jacqueline E. LaPrade of Randallstown.

In her retirement, the longtime Waverly resident continued teaching and tutoring neighborhood children, her daughter said.

A resident of Randallstown since 1998, Mrs. Davis enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Her husband of more than 60 years, Raymond E. Davis, an engineer who worked at Fort Meade, died in 1998.

Mrs. Davis had been a member since 1971 of New Life Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 N. Bond St., where a memorial celebration of her life will be held at noon Wednesday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Davis is survived by a niece and a goddaughter.

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