Florence Lorraine Davis was born on November 14, 1925 in New York City to Mary and Daniel Simmons.
She attended Central Commercial High School, and after graduation, worked in a factory before moving on to a career as a secretary and later a bookkeeper.
Florence, or “Flossie,” as she was known, was the proud mother of 2 sons, Arthur, and William. She was married to Chesterfield Slater from 1963 until his death in 1967.
In 1974, Flossie married John Davis, and became stepmother to Michael Davis and Agnes Jones. She and John traveled to sites around the country and throughout the Caribbean. She remained a devoted wife until his death in 2018.
Prior to her illness, Flossie was known for her dancing and cooking skills. The Lindy Hop was a specialty, and family and friends couldn’t wait to sample her red rice, “trotters” and ribs. She loved entertaining and could be counted on to give a good party with plenty of music, family, and fun. She was also a crackerjack Scrabble player.
She was a loving grandmother and loved participating in activities with her grandchildren, while cheering them on.
Until her illness, she was an active member of St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem.
Florence Lorraine Davis peacefully transitioned from our world on July 16, 2020. She will be remembered by her 3 sons, Arthur Ryan (Margaret), William Simmons (Ronnie), and Michael Davis (Stephanie), and daughter Agnes Jones. She leaves 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren to honor her memory and legacy.