Jannette Cyrilla Davis was born to the union of Edgar Michael and Iola Smith on September 6, 1952, in St. John’s, Antigua, West Indies. She was the third of four children.
Jannette’s early education commenced at the Seventh-day Adventist school in St. John’s, Antigua. One of her classmates, Joycelyn, remembers her as being an excellent math student with a lovely smile and two long braids. Shortly after her time in Antigua, she and her family emigrated to St. Croix, Unites States Virgin Islands. There, she continued her elementary and high school education up to the tenth grade at the Seventh-day Adventist school since that was the highest grade at that time. She completed grades 11 and 12 at Central High School in St. Croix. After graduating from high school, she attended Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Mass., where she majored in Spanish.
Jannette learned of Seventh-day Adventism during her time in Antigua while living with Adventist relatives. She was baptized in Antigua. She brought this Christlike desire back home to St. Croix, introducing the love of Jesus Christ to her family, who later converted to Adventism after witnessing her spiritual growth.
Jannette graduated from Atlantic Union College in 1976 and promptly began her lifetime learning path, moving back to St. Croix as the Spanish teacher at the Seventh-day Adventist school. She was a strong believer in Christian education. She continued to teach everywhere she went, including her travels to Puerto Rico, Argentina, Spain, and locally at the Berea Seventh-day Adventist School in Mattapan, Mass. Jannette also worked as a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and administrative assistant at Florida Hospital.
Jannette met her dearly beloved husband, Delvin Laurence Davis, in Florida. They were married on July 31, 1988, at the Village Church of Seventh-day Adventists in South Lancaster, Mass. Two sons, Gregory Emmanuel and Laurence Othniel Davis, were born into that union.
Jannette believed that parents, with God’s guidance, should be the primary source of Christian education for their children. This led to her many roles at home and in the Adventist church, including homeschooling her two children until the fifth grade, serving as Children’s Sabbath school instructor, Adventurer counselor, Pathfinder Area coordinator/director/counselor for Northeastern Conference, and the Education Ministry at Hyde Park Seventh-day Adventist Church. She also was a colporteur, health evangelist, certified home health aide, certified CPR and First Aid instructor, and lover of traveling and new experiences. In January 2019, she was blessed to be able to visit Jerusalem and Israel with her homegirl Elgiva and church family.
Jannette Davis went peacefully to sleep at sunset on Friday, June 10, 2022, at her home in Braintree, Massachusetts.
She was predeceased by Albert “Bolly” Vric Michael in November of 2001. Always remembering Jannette with love will be her husband, Delvin Laurence Davis; her children, Gregory Emmanuel Davis and Laurence Othniel Davis of Braintree, Mass.; her siblings, Cassilla “Jean” Veronica Berley and Dr. Eugene Stanfield Tull, both of St.
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