Gwendolyn Davis

March 12, 2023

Gwendolyn Davis Obituary


Mrs. Gwendolyn Davis, affectionately known as "Pumpkin," 74, peacefully exchanged earthly time for eternal care by the Lord on the morning of March 12, 2023, surrounded by her family after battling Congestive Heart Failure at Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell. 

Gwen was born on August 15,1948, to the late Shirley Wood. She was raised in Trenton, New Jersey and was educated in the Trenton Public School System, graduating in 1966 from Trenton Central High School. Her high school friends described her as the sweetest, smartest girl they knew, and to this day, that still holds true. 

Shortly after graduating from High School, Gwen started working at Dunham's for a year and then at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for 42 years, before retiring in 2010. 

Gwen met her husband of 54 years, Joe, when they were in 6th grade. By the 7th grade, they were inseparable. In high school, they started dating, and in June of1969, they married in Colorado Springs, Colorado. From this union they had two children, Stephanie and Joseph Jr. 

A God-fearing woman, Gwen belonged to the Jerusalem Baptist Church since she was a child in Trenton, where she also served as an Usher for many years. She enjoyed traveling the world, taking ski trips, taking yearly vacations to the Bahamas and Essence Festival, shopping and getting the best deals, spending time with her children, husband, and grandchildren and continuously teaching them invaluable life lessons. As a fashionista since childhood. Pumpkin was ALWAYS put together and had the best style. She was a no-nonsense kind of woman and would always tell you the truth, giving it to you straight, no chaser. She always said, "Every generation is weaker and wiser," and "If you make your bed hard, you gotta lay in it." 

In addition to her mother, Shirley Wood, she was predeceased by her sisters, Patricia "Tootie Ann" Brown and Barbara Wood; her brother, William "Fats" Roy; a brother-in-law, Larry Davis (Michelle); and a special cousin, Sylvia "Popsey" Hicks. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Joseph ''Joe'' Davis, Sr.; her children, Stephanie Davis (Al) and Joseph Davis, Jr.; her 
grandchildren, Dominique Samuels, Mia Davis, and Nathan Harris; her sisters, Catherine "Kitty Cat" Wood and Telita Williams; her brothers, Isaac Wood, Phillip Wood, Alvin Wood; brother-in-law, Willie Davis; special cousins, Cynthia "Mookie" 'Thomas (Frank), Rosalee "" Russell; her very close friends, Carrie, Tootie, Sandy, Donald, and Rose; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and close friends. 


Funeral service will be 12pm Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 735 E. State St., Trenton, NJ 08609. Calling hours will be 10am until the time of service. Interment will be 9am Friday, March 24, 2023 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA.  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home.

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March 23, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
735 E. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08609

Funeral Service
March 23, 2023

12:00 PM
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
735 E. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08609

March 24, 2023

9:00 AM
Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA


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