Riverside, California 2020-08-19 21:04:57 –
Mylie Margaret Davis, who was born June 14, 1920, in Riverside and has a long history in Riverside’s Eastside community, celebrated her 100th birthday with a car parade of well-wishers at Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Riverside.
The festivities, held the day before her birthday, included more than 100 cars and a visit from Riverside City Council member Andy Melendrez, who represents Ward 2, with his aide Miguel Lujano, according to an email from daughter-in-law Kim Davis of Riverside.
Representatives from the Riverside fire and police departments were also involved in the celebration, with police helping to direct traffic during the parade. Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez also made a congratulatory phone call.
Family members attending included her son and daughter-in-law Alvin and Kim Davis of Riverside who, with the church staff, hosted the celebration; and sons Bill Davis of Sacramento and Mike Davis of Riverside.
Later in the evening, four generations of immediate family members met outside for a socially distanced gathering.
Mylie Davis, daughter of Leroy Taylor and Mylie Reynolds Taylor, grew up in Riverside, living on 10th Street between Park and Victoria avenues. She attended Irving Elementary School, University Heights Junior High School and Riverside Poly High School.
In her youth, she played in a women’s summer softball league and worked at the S.H. Kress department store in Riverside.
After graduating from the cosmetology program at Riverside City College, she owned and operated Mylie’s, a beauty salon on the Eastside.
She met her husband, William Howard Davis, during World War II when he was stationed in a truck company at March Air Force Base. He saw her at Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church and introduced himself while at Lincoln Park on a Sunday. When his company was transferred to Great Falls, Mont., after a few months, she went there and they were married in August 1943.
After that, her husband served in the Pacific for two years. His five years of military service included working as a heavy truck driver and mechanic and as a sergeant supervising more than 100 men.
He had also worked as a railroad mechanic and later for Caltrans in road construction and as a truck mechanic. He died in 1970.
After her husband’s death, Mylie worked as a teacher’s aide and teaching specialist until she retired in the late 1980s.
She is a lifetime member of Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, where her uncle G.P. Little was the first interim pastor and her mother was one of the founding members. She grew up participating in church services throughout the week.
She has served as choir director and worked with the church’s children’s ministry and is still active as a deaconess and in Bible studies.
She and her husband were active in the civil rights movement, with Riverside’s chapter of the NAACP.
In addition to her sons Bill, Mike and Alvin, she had an adopted son, Howard, who died as a young man. She has seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She loves flowers, nature and doing her “brain puzzle books,” according to her family. She also loves to read the Bible and pray each day.