Davis is Columbia Deanery Catholic woman of the year

COLUMBIA — The Columbia-Midlands Deanery Council of Catholic Women selected Josephine Davis, who is a member of St. Mary Church in Rock Hill, as their Catholic Woman of the Year.

Davis is a longtime member of St. Mary Rosary and Confraternity Society. She serves on the liturgy committee and the parish council, and her other work for the church includes lector and extraordinary minister of holy communion.

Davis provides training for parish acolytes, and she plans and directs the children’s Christmas Mass and the Jesse Tree.

She is an excellent seamstress and makes many costumes for church presentations, and also volunteers at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, according to a press release. She also is in charge of the St. Mary Emergency Food Pantry that distributes food, blankets and clothing to the needy.

Davis is a retired early-childhood development teacher who now works as a substitute teacher in schools across Rock Hill.

She has been married to Jesse Davis for about 43 years and has three children and two granddaughters.

All of her children and grandchildren received their early education at St. Anne School in Rock Hill.

Davis will be submitted as a candidate for State Woman of the Year in April 2008 at the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women’s Convention in Charleston.