Mary Karam Davis
February 12, 1926 – September 18, 2020
Mary Karam Davis of El Paso, Texas passed away peacefully on September 18, 2020 at the age of 94. She was born on February 12, 1926. The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, she grew up in south El Paso, living behind the grocery store her father owned on South El Paso Street. Her family moved to Coolidge, Arizona where she graduated from high school before moving back to El Paso. She attended Texas Western College, now known as UTEP, and received a degree in Business and Music in 1950. She married Edwin Gene Davis, the love of her life, in 1955. They were married until his death in 1998. Together they owned and operated several businesses, including Chez Paree’ Flowers, where they worked side by side for 39 years until their retirement in 1993. She was a gifted jazz singer who performed often. She co-founded the El Paso Friends of Jazz Society, raising thousands of dollars in scholarships for deserving music students. A kind and compassionate woman, she volunteered many hours for many years with Hospice El Paso, ALSAC, United Way and many other charities. Mary loved people and she loved life. She never met a stranger. She had a huge personality. She was very witty and funny, and she was the life of every party. She was beautiful inside and out. She always worked hard and helped everyone around her. She was warm, kind and loving. She was adored by all. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Mary’s favorite toast was “God bless this house and everyone in it.” She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Davis, her son, David Davis, her parents, Feris and Adele Karam, and her brothers Ted and Eddie Karam. She is survived by her son Phillip Davis and wife Cindy, daughter Sandra Barbeau and husband Glenn, and daughter-in-law Paula Davis; grandchildren Diane Daniels and husband Richard, James Nohinek and wife Ali, Geena Nohinek Lepke and husband Tommy, Gaelyn Davis Carter and husband Evan, Chase Barbeau and wife Kaitlyn, Scott Davis and Nicole Barbeau; great-grandchildren Joshua and Matthew Daniels, Wyatt Carter, and Roman and Adele Nohinek. A memorial service will be held, but because of the pandemic, the service will be limited to immediate family only. The service will be available for viewing on and after Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. on the Martin Funeral Home West Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MartinFuneralHomeWest. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice El Paso. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com
- Edwin Gene Davis, Husband (deceased)
- David Davis, Son (deceased)
- Feris and Adele Karam, Parents (deceased)
- Ted and Eddie Karam, Brothers (deceased)
- Phillip Davis and wife Cindy, Son
- Sandra Barbeau and huband Glenn, Daughter
- Paula Davis, Daughter-in-law
- Mrs. Davis is also survived by her grandchildren Diane Daniels and husband Richard, James Nohinek and wife Ali, Geena Nohinek Lepke and husband Tommy, Gaelyn Davis Carter and husband Evan, Chase Barbeau and wife Kaitlyn, Scott Davis and Nicole Barbeau; great grandchildren Joshua and Matthew Daniels, Wyatt Carter, and Roman and Adele Nohinek.
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Mary Karam Davis
Lucille Murphy email@example.com
October 9, 2020
Dear Mary - I have thought about you so many times - you were such a bright light in my life and a lot of laughs. I will always remember you. God bless and keep you.
September 27, 2020
I loved my mother so much, and I’m not quite sure what I will do without her. She was so sweet and giving, and she always made me feel so loved. If I ever had a problem, she was the one I would call. She would tell me to keep my chin up, and she would tell me that together we could lick the world in an hour. All of a sudden, my problem wasn’t so bad after all. To say she was the life of every party is a drastic understatement. When I invited friends over, their first question was to ask if my mom would be there! She was ready to have a party right up until the day she died. Her doctor called me from the hospital with a very special prescription request that the hospital could not fill – Hornitos Tequila! I will miss her fun-loving spirit. I will miss her beautiful voice, her delicate hands, her warm eyes, and her loving touch. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and my children adored her. She was hilarious with her gestures and comments. She was always so positive and cheerful, even when she was sick. She often wondered in her later years why she was still here, and I would tell her she was still here for me. I am sad that after moving her close to my home less than two months ago, she is no longer with us. I think she knew her time was near, and she needed the help only a daughter could give. Those many weeks that she was here with me, I rarely left her side as I felt she needed me. She kissed my hand often and put my hand to her cheek. She whispered a thank you and an I love you, and I truly felt blessed to be with her. My mom has missed my father so much these last 22 years. She was never quite the same without him. I am so happy they are together again. Knowing that my mom has been reunited with my sweet brother David as well brings me joy. Although I am heartbroken, I have peace in my heart. My mom lived 94 wonderful years, and she lived them well. Rest in peace, Mary Karam Davis. God bless this house and everyone in it!