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2969 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (303) 440-3960
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Johnnie Davis

Johnnie Mae Davis

Tuesday, May 10th, 1932 - Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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Johnnie Mae Davis

...Passed peacefully on Wednesday, July29 (@ 1:15 PM) after a long illness.

She is survived by her three sons (Tedd, Tony, and Fred), six grandchildren (Ian, Trevor, Nicole, Aaron, Cea, and Te), one great granddaughter (Zoey Purchase), her younger brother Cleveland Campbell Jr. and various loving nieces, nephews and in-laws. As a loving and devoted mother, she considered the raising and supporting three sons through college and into successful professional careers her greatest achievement.

She was born and raised in Griffin / Warm Springs communities of Georgia in 1930s and 40s. As a strong willed and intelligent African American girl born in the depression era Deep South, she was determined at an early age to go to college. However,in the Depression era segregated Deep South, she had to pay her own expenses to take a bus to a high school that admitted African-Americans. She supported her educational goals by working throughout her teens, including working and saving money for two years prior to attending Tennessee State University where she earned a B.A. in Education in 1954.

She was an educator for more than 30 years. Prior to retirement she taught in California, Colorado Springs, and Longmont. In Longmont's St. Vrain School District, Johnnie was the first and often the district's only African-American teacher. She taught two kindergarten classes a day until she was seventy years old.

A faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Boulder, Colorado Johnnie is credited with starting Second Baptists's children's church. It continues to thrive today. She also a member of the church choir.

Described by those that love and admire her as captivating, inspiring, strong willed, independent and intelligent, Johnnie personified a person of high moral values. Her life pays tribute to knowing the importance of family and friends.

As a two time cancer survivor during her 70s and early 80s, Jonnie exemplified radiance and determination throughout her entire life.

In 2008, she was honored as a “Living Legend” by a Denver Metro based African-American women’s organization.
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    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 11:00am
    Second Baptist Church
    5300 Baseline Road
    Boulder, Colorado 80303
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    Green Mountain Cemetery
    290 20th Street
    BOULDER, CO 80302
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Ron Edgerley

Posted at 05:11pm
I had the pleasure of knowing Johnnie Mae Davis for 40 years. She always greeted me with a warm hug when I saw her and was so wonderfully kind and welcoming to me. I will always remember how caring and generous she was. What a tremendous role model who influenced so many lives with her teaching, compassion and respect for others. My sincerest condolences to Tedd, Tony, Fred and the rest of the family.

Ron and Colleen Edgerley

Posted at 04:23pm
Our warmest sympathies. Ms. Davis will be missed tremendously. We wish you all comfort and peace during this difficult time.
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lillian dragon

Posted at 03:27pm
hi, i dont usually read obs. but this women is a true star. how hard she worked... her kids must be soooo proud of her. needed an uplifting story today thanks and god bless her

Bill Ellis

Posted at 12:33pm
In 2007&8 I worked as writer in residence in Sunset Middle School in Longmont. Johnnie Mae Davis was one of a group of seniors brought over from the Longmont Senior Center to meet and chat with our 8th graders. One week I gave the students a writing assignment to interview one senior and report on it. I had talked with Mrs. Davis during class and asked if I could interview her over a cup of coffee nearby. Instead, she invited me to her home and we had a wonderful afternoon talking about growing up in the South. I am from Virginia, born in December 1941. She related how she went to work with her mother in a white farmer's home. In the morning she would play with the family's white daughter while her mother cooked and cleaned house. In the afternoon she and her mother worked in the fields. She said it was like a wall dripped down between her and the little white girl when she had to go outside to work the fields. We had coffee and a delicious chocolate cake. It was a privilege to be invited into her home and chat with her so freely. She was most proud of her four sons who played for CU. Email

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