Vera Louise Davis, a homemaker recalled as an accomplished baker, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 5 at her home in the Govans section of North Baltimore. She was 85.
Born Vera Louise Evans in Baltimore to John Henry and Lillian Evans, she grew up on Mount Street in West Baltimore. She attended Baltimore City public schools and worked as a nurses' aide at the old Baltimore City Hospitals and as a housekeeper at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church rectory on Mosher Street.
She was later the children's department manager at the old Lanns clothing store on West Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore.
In 1951, she met and married John H. Davis, a Commercial Envelope machine operator and World War II veteran. The couple bought their Govans home several years later.
"The home was extremely important to her. She lived in many places as a young adult and never had a real home of her own," said her niece, Deborah Greene of Baltimore. "She became a homemaker who often referred to her residence as her 'little sugar shack.'
"She took great pride in keeping her home neat and tidy. She loved cooking meals for family and friends in her cozy kitchen. Her dishes — hot rolls, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, fried chicken, kale, coconut cake and lemon meringue pie — were at the center of many family gatherings."
Family members said Ms. Davis decorated her home with strawberry-themed dishes, teapots and a clock.
She and her husband raised an adopted son, John Samuel Davis, who died in 1998.
Known in Govans as Aunt Vera or Miss Vera, she provided care in her home for many neighborhood children, friends and family members.
"She is fondly remembered as the loving matriarch of her family who was quick with an amusing quip, words of wisdom or sage advice she garnered from life experience," Ms. Greene said.
Ms. Davis sang in the morning choir at Wayland Baptist Church many years ago. She was also a past president of the Robert H. Brooks American Legion Post 165.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 4905 York Road.
In addition to her niece, survivors include a brother, John H. Evans of Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Shirley Johnson, Janice Johnson and Joan Welcome, all of Baltimore; and many other nieces and nephews. Her husband of 17 years died in 1968.