Marcia Ann Davis
June 29, 1936 - June 7, 2017
"What a day that will be
When Jesus I will see
And I look upon His face
The One who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be."
Marcia's family was at her side the morning of June 7th when she entered the presence of the Lord whom she deeply loved. Never asking why she had to suffer through metastatic colon cancer, she stayed hope-filled and was graced with 6 years beyond what thought possible after her initial diagnosis in February 2011.
Marcia was born in Santa Rosa, California to Fred J. McMullen and Francis Regina (Wood) McMullen June 29, 1936. She graduated from Santa Rosa High School Cum Laude and recognition from Phi Beta Kappa for her academic achievements on June 17, 1954. She then attended Santa Rosa Junior College graduating June 16, 1956 with a dual major in English and French. Marcia received her Associates of Arts degree with high honors and had the privilege of giving the commencement address. She was recognized by Alpha Gamma Sigma Theta Chapter for her academic achievements and was a recipient of the Doyle Scholarship. Marcia then attended College of the Pacific majoring in English and minoring in French. She achieved her Bachelor's of Arts Degree June 8, 1958. Marcia then attended University of California, Berkeley and obtained her General Secondary Credential in English and French.
Teaching children the joys of language and history was a lifelong passion. She worked as a teacher in Lake Tahoe early in her career. After falling in love and marrying her soul mate, Kenneth Davis, December 19, 1964, she raised and nurtured her two children, James Bradley and Stephanie Sue, with a love for music, reading, writing, and the outdoors.
Marcia later returned to teaching after receiving certification from California State Hayward for teaching English as a Second Language June 15, 1991. For several years she taught new immigrants to read, write, and speak conversational English. Perhaps her most cherished work was as a Home and Hospital teacher with Mt. Diablo Unified School District from 1997 to 2001 where she taught children recovering from surgeries or facing terminal illness.
Upon her husband's retirement in 1994, God called Marcia and Ken to ministry. Marcia served faithfully as a Board Member of Macedonia Outreach for a decade, helping to pack clothes, assisting with fundraising events, and eventually going on short term ministry trips. Marcia served as a short term missionary traveling with Macedonia Outreach to the Republic of Serbia, Bulgaria, FYROM (Macedonia), and Greece to provide medical aid,clothing, and her love for Jesus. She returned to the Republic of Serbia with her husband and daughter in 2003, visiting children in a local hospital, as well as distributing food, clothes, and medical supplies to individuals and families displaced by war.
Marcia also assisted in hospital visitation through her church family Danville Community Presbyterian Church. On February 16, 2003, she was commissioned as a Stephen's Minister and served in that capacity for four years. She also ministered in other capacities at her church including Deacon, Usher, Gospel Singers, Bell Choir, and more. Perhaps the most touching were the letters, the visits, the prayers for others that were only seen by a few, but felt by so many around the world. Marcia was a mother to many children beyond her own and a friend to so many more. Her absence is a profound loss to all of us left behind.
The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love through phone calls, letters, visits, meals, and flowers. In lieu of flowers, any further donations can be made in memory to:
The Macedonian Outreach
P.O. Box 398
Danville, CA 94526-0398.
Friends and family are invited to wear cheery colors to Marcia's Celebration of Life. The service will be held in her honor on Saturday, June 24th at 2pm in the main sanctuary of Danville Community Presbyterian Church. The church address is 222 W. El Pintado, Danville, CA 94526.