MARIAN MAXINE DAVIS CONLEY, the daughter of the late George
Nelson Davis and Lillie Love Davis Blackwell, was born on March 21, 1927 in
Newcomerstown, Ohio. She entered into eternal rest on August 3, 2019 under
the loving, watchful eye of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was the seventh of nine children, all of whom preceded her in death.
When she was an infant, her parents relocated to Reidsville, North Carolina.
At the age of three, she went to live with her uncle and aunt, the Reverend
John Hardin and Carrie Love Davis in Sylva, North Carolina. She soon came
to know that she not only had eight brothers and sisters in Reidsville, but
she now had now had first cousins that were like brothers and sisters in the
Davis Family, of which there were four; and first cousins in the Pettit family,
of which there were twelve. They all succeeded in spoiling her rotten. It was
in Sylva, at the tender age of five, as she would tell the story, she met the love
of her life and one that would become her companion for a lifetime, Leon F.
Marian began her education in the public schools of Jackson County, North
Carolina where her aunt and uncle were both teachers. When it was time to
attend high school, she joined her parents and siblings in Reidsville, North
Carolina and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Rockingham
County, North Carolina at 16 years of age.
After graduation, she headed to Washington, DC and began her first job with
the federal government. She maintained her courtship with Leon and, upon
his honorable discharge from the United States Navy in 1946, they were
married and settled in Baltimore. Their union was blessed with one son, Leon
Conley, Jr. After living in an apartment on Fulton Avenue for several years,
they secured their first home in the Forest Park Community and lived there for
more than forty years. When they moved to the Forest Park neighborhood,
they became members of the Forest Park Presbyterian Church, now known as
The Forest Park Community Church where she maintained her membership
until her health began to fail.
During Leon Jr.'s elementary school years, Marian was a stay-at-home mom
who spent her time doting on the "apple of her eye." In later years, she went
to work as an electrical technician for the CGR Medical Group which was
previously owned by Westinghouse. She retired in 1984.
Marian and Leon, who were married fifty-two years, enjoyed family life. They
were able to travel the country visiting family and friends every year. She
especially liked visiting her brother in Tacoma, Washington and her sisters
and brothers in North Carolina and her sister in New York. She also enjoyed
trips to Detroit to visit Leon's mother and his sister and brother-in-law. Their
grandsons were often beneficiaries of their love for travel and made many of
those trips with them. Eight years after Leon's death she went to live with her
.son and daughter-in-law where she resided until her death.
We rejoice in knowing that Marian is now reunited with her beloved Leon,
her parents, and her siblings: Mattie, Lovie, William, Harden, Annie Eliza,
Gertrude, Hazel, and Donald.
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted son and daughter-in-law, Leon and
Brenda; two grandsons, Leon III and Kraig; and two great-grandchildren, Keon
and Keayra, two godsons, Joey and Jeffrey Lee; many nieces and nephews, and
a host of relatives and friends.
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