Gria Marie Baham Davison

November 27, 1958September 14, 2013
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Gria Marie Baham Davison

Gria Marie Baham was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 27, 1958, to the late Carroll J. Baham, Jr., and the late Estelle Costello Baham Hill.

Gria attended Catholic schools from elementary school through college. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in1976. Gria attended college at Xavier University of New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Social Work in 1980. In 1982 Gria earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University.

Gria moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she began her career with the Duval County School District. In 1995, Gria moved to Tallahassee, Florida, after taking the position of School Social Work Consultant with the Florida Department of Education Student Services Project. She served in this position as a dynamic and consummate professional for more than 18 years.

Gria was a respected leader and advocate who cared deeply about the welfare of children and families for close to 30 years as a member of the Florida Association of School Social Worker, the Florida Death Review Committee, School Social Work Boards and Councils and many other professional organizations.

Gria was committed to her husband, Richard "Rick" Davison. They were engaged and married within a year and a half of their first meeting. Their union was blessed with a daughter, Christina Louise. Gria loved and adored Christina more than anyone could imagine. Gria and Christina enjoyed singing, cooking, exercising, going to the theatre, and deconstructing the challenges of life together.

Gria, Christina, and Rick were inseparable because they truly loved and adored each other. Gria was also committed to her immediate and extended family. Ria, Lia, and Gria were sisters who cherished each other as children and adults. When Carl came along, Gria instantly took on the role of big sister. Gria nurtured her nephews and niece, Michael, Glenn, and Aeryn, as if they were her own children.

So, when Christina came along Gria was well prepared to take on the awesome responsibility of being her mother. Gria was known for doing nothing in moderation. No matter what she did it was going to be over the top, regardless of whether it was at home, work, church, Christina's school, or at an education or social work meeting.

The only thing greater than her love for family, friends, and colleagues was her love for God. She was a songbird who lifted her voice in the choir and in the church pews. Where ever she was, those around her would marvel at the beauty of her voice. Gria was a Sunday school teacher at St. Louis.

Gria leaves to cherish her memory, husband, Richard D. Davison; daughter, Christina Louise Davison; sisters, Ria Baham Jacobs and Lia Baham; brother, Carl J. Baham; sisters-in-law Wanda Davis, Jacqueline Cooks, Dietra Frederick, and Pamela Brown; brothers-in-law Edward Bullock and John Cooks, Jr., nephew and Godson Michael J. Riley, Jr., nephew, Glenn M. Davis, Jr. (Keysha); niece, Aeryn L. Batiste (Latrell); Goddaughter, Chelsea Previllon, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues, and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18, from 6-8 pm at St. Louis Catholic Church, 3640 Fred George Rd, Tallahassee, FL. A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 19 at 11 am at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 900 W Tennessee St Tallahassee, FL, followed by interment at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Florida Association of School Social Workers or the St. Louis Catholic Church Music Ministry.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 18, 2013
  • A Celebration of Life Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Tresha Fletcher

September 13, 2014

Keeping the family in my prayers. God is always with you.

Dorothy Madison-Seck

January 27, 2014

My heart and prayers go out to Gria's family. I am so sad and cannot express the sorrow in my heart. I knew Gria from graduate school, where she and I were both MSW students at LSU and where she and another friend would stay at my apartment after a long commute from New Orleans. She was an amazingly warm person. We lost touch over the years and I regret not having met her family. May God bless and keep you in a safe place in heaven.
My sincere blessings to the family.
Dorothy Madison-Seck

Cynthia Turner

January 5, 2014

I learned today that my sweet Gria had passed. I am so sadden by this news. My boys and I visited she,Rick and Christina last Christmas. I will never forget the beautiful text she sent me. She was a past coworker and such an inspiration to me. I will miss her. Rick and Christina allow her spirit to infuse into your spirit and she will live closer to
you forever.

Judith Kullas Shine

October 27, 2013

On behalf of the American Council for School Social Work, I extend our deepest sympathies. I met Gria only twice, but she was a lovely and loving woman with a generous heart. She was definitely proud of Christina. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lillie Bowie Johnson

October 22, 2013

My condolences and prayers extend to the Davison and Baham families. As a former classmate of Gria, I am saddened by her passing, yet I will never forget her warm spirit, lovely voice and infectious smile. May God bless and blanket each of you with His unending grace, comfort, strength and peace.

Penny Songy Bourgeois

October 4, 2013

To the Davison and Baham families:
I am deeply sadden by the news of Gria's passing. I have fond memories of her during our fours years at SMA. Every time I hear the song "Ben", I always think of Gria. Everyone loved to hear her sweet voice. Though our life paths did not cross often, from the photo gallery, her beautiful smile never faded and her passion for life was well lived. She be missed by so many. May you find comfort in knowing that God has an angel singing in heaven. God will provide comfort, peace and strength to you all during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you always.

Marsha Richard-Hart

October 3, 2013

I send my prayers and thoughts to Gria's family. I'm deeply sadden to hear of your loss. Gria's bright smile and laugh will always be with me. I'll never forget the "passionates" group at St. Mary's. We were so young and thought we were so old ( smile). God Bless Gria and her family. she will surely be missed. Marsha Richard

Posted by: Marsha Richard-Hart - Houston, TX - High School & College Classmate Oct 03, 2013

Robin Brown Pearson

October 2, 2013

Rick, I love you more than words can express! My thoughts and prayers are with you, not just during this time of grief, but always...

Cheryl Trepagnier

October 1, 2013

I am heart broken to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the cherishable memories of her. SMA 1975

Veralyn Clemons

September 29, 2013

Rick, Christina, Ria, Lia and family, My thoughts and prayers are extended to you at the loss of your loved one. I was blessed to be associated with 7 phenomenal young women when I pledged Delta in 1977 at Xavier who all turned out to be phenomenal and special grown-ups who have contributed so much to their communities. I am so happy to have known Gria and happy that she touched so many lives with her light and love. God bless, comfort and keep you all.