OBITUARY: Anne Johnson Davis, 92; active at St. Michael’s

Anne Johnson Davis, 92, of Swampscott passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Samuel L. Davis, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.

Anne Johnson Davis

Anne was the daughter of the late Katharine (Berry) and Howard Martin Johnson. She grew up in Swampscott and graduated from Dana Hall in Wellesley. She attended the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial school.

Anne and Sam raised their three children in Acton, making lifelong friends before moving to Marblehead in the 1970s. Anne had a passion for giving back and helping others which motivated her to earn an associate’s degree in social work from Middlesex Community College.

Anne volunteered with the Catholic Family Service in Lynn. She served on the state board for foster children for several years.

In addition to her charitable activities, she and Sam traveled all over the world.

At home, Anne’s love for her garden could be seen by anyone who passed by their home on Orne Street. Anne was a member of the Swampscott Beach Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club.

Anne was devoted to her faith and in Acton was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, where she was co-chair of The Fish Program, which provided services for people in need.

When she moved back to Marblehead, Anne joined St. Michael’s where she became the first female senior warden in 1984. Anne was a lay eucharistic minister, member of Parish Aid, St. Catherine’s Guild, volunteered at the Thrift Shop and founded the Wisdom and Friendship group.

She was the delegate to the Episcopal Church Women triennial conventions in New Orleans and Indianapolis. Anne was an active member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross since 1977. She served as AC-in-C of the Boston Chapter as well as supervising the Adelynrood gardens for many years. She loved her weekly Bible study.

She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Davis Russell of Danvers and Jennifer Newhall Davis Oliveira, and her husband Jose Carlos Oliveira of Swampscott; three granddaughters, Kate Russell of New York City, Emily Russell of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Livvy Oliveira of Swampscott; her sister, Elizabeth Mentuck of Marblehead; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Lawrence E. Davis, and her sister, Katharine Cruger.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at 11 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The service will be live streamed via St. Michael’s YouTube channel. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Michael’s Flower Fund, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead, MA 01945; or The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, Adelynrood, 46A Elm St., Byfield, MA 01922-2812; or

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for Anne’s family may be shared at

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