Ann B. Davis Dead at 88

Ann B. DavisAnn B. Davis is dead at 88 after a fall in her home. She fell in her bathroom this morning, causing serious damage to her head and was unable to become conscious. Davis was well known for her role on The Brady Bunch as Alice the house maid. She was born on May 3, 1926 in Schenectady, New York. She won awards in both 1958 and 1959 for her role on The Bob Cummings Show, but her real shining moment was as the lovable housekeeper Alice where she won the hearts of millions in the 1970s. Her roommate says her death was a shock as she was quite healthy for an 88-year-old woman.

In 1976 she shocked the world by semi-retiring from the acting business and became a born-again Christian. Davis would then move to an Episcopal community, even attending the Episcopal School for Ministry and joining a religious community in Denver, Colorado, now relocated near San Antonio, Texas. She would do a few spots in the acting business, but mainly it was cameos and interviews. She made a brief appearance in the movie The Brady Bunch Movie as a truck driver. She attended the University of Michigan and while in attendance changed her major from pre-med to drama. The reasoning was given that she saw her older brother perform in the musical Oklahoma! sealing her fate as an actress. She claims it did not take her long to realize that she did not have the brains to become a doctor. Though Ann B. Davis may be dead, she lived a full life considering she lived to the age of 88.

She never married and was never linked to anyone while in Hollywood. She truly seemed to enjoy living a quiet, but full life working with the Episcopal church. Over the years she would give her Christian testimony three to four times a week. She began going to Campus Crusade for Christ Bible study in 1974 and at the same time was regular performing dinner theatre. Which is how she became acquainted with Bishop William C. Frey, who at the time was the Episcopal bishop of Colorado. Over the next two years she would spend a large amount of time in Denver, Colorado and would eventually decided to move in. Thus, began her life with the Episcopal Church.

Prior to becoming a born-again Christian Davis insisted that she had everything a person could want, but still felt dissatisfied with life. That is when she realized the missing factor was God. She loved to give her testimony and liked to mix it into any interview or conversation, though Davis tried not to be pushy about it. She also has an identical twin Harriet and an older brother Evans. Ann B. Davis has died at the age of 88, but will forever be remembered as Alice from the Brady Bunch who was a tiny bit sarcastic and gave heartfelt speeches. At this time her close friends of the church, she was a member of are preparing funeral arrangements.

by Heather Tillman

Orlando Sentinel

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