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Phyllis Martin-Davis

Phyllis Martin-Davis

Mar 28, 1939 - Feb 29, 2024

Phyllis Martin-Davis - Obituary

Phyllis Martin-Davis, known affectionately as "Pooh" passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 29, 2024. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Phyllis was the eldest of four children to her parents, the late Ruth and Harry Brittingham. She is predeceased by her brothers, Harry Brittingham Jr. and Roger Brittingham. Phyllis was married to the late James Martin, with whom she had four children: Gary (deceased), Keith, Carol, and James Jr (deceased). She later found love again and married Arthur Davis, who also preceded her in death. Phyllis began her education in the Atlantic Highlands school system and later moved to Washington, D.C., where she continued her studies in the District of Columbia Public Schools. She dedicated 35 years of service to various Federal Government agencies, retiring from the Library of Congress to pursue higher education and to serve disadvantaged communities. Phyllis earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Catholic University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Trinity College. Throughout her career, she mentored and provided clinical supervision to family members, friends, and colleagues. Fulfilling a lifelong ambition, Phyllis founded A & P Counseling after completing her degrees. This mental health practice specialized in individual therapy and geriatric case management. Her deep understanding of psychology led Phyllis to a role as a court-appointed Guardian, Examiner, and Visitor for the District of Columbia Probate Court, where she became a trusted resource for attorneys and judges in the Washington Metropolitan area. Later, Phyllis established PMD Cares, a second family-owned mental wellness practice. This venture not only provided services to those in need but allowed her to employ family members and extend her legacy of caring. She was so passionate in her efforts to provide therapy, that she often did so without compensation. Phyllis was an active participant in a variety of social organizations, spiritual fellowships, and clubs. She volunteered her social work expertise to local community institutions and was a devout member of Unity Church, where she served in the choir and in many other capacities. Her love for singing and entertaining was central to family gatherings, which she often hosted at her home. An avid traveler, Phyllis enjoyed concerts, guiding her patients, engaging in conversations, and relishing every moment with her family. Her baking skills were legendary, especially her five-flavor cakes and chocolate brownies, which were a staple at family events. In her golden years, Phyllis cherished her Zumba and line dancing classes at the local Senior Center and was a competitive "Jeopardy" player within the family. Her love for life was evident in her infectious sense of humor and her storytelling. Two of her many memorable catchphrases were "Shut Up"and & "Wowwww" Phyllis' kindness and generosity touched many lives, and her spirit will forever be cherished by her family and friends. Left to rejoice in her memory, son, Keith Martin, daughter, Carol Brown, brother, Kevin Brittingham, Son in Heart, Charles Brown, Grandchildren, Lisa (Frank), Michael, Charles III (Apryle), Steven (Chantal), Nicole (Kaylah), Kenneth and Keisha. 3 sisters-in-law, Pat Brittingham, Molinda Smith and Joyce Hardy. Phyllis was blessed with 25 Great Grandchildren, 5 Great-Great Grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Phyllis' life on Saturday, March 16, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Unity of Washington DC, 1225 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 12:00 pm at the Unity of Washington DC, 1225 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Interment private.