Emma Davidson-Pugh

January 8, 1939 ~ November 7, 2018 (age 79)

Reflections On The Life Of

Emma Lee Davidson-Pugh

Mother Emma Lee Davidson Pugh gained her wings on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 after battling a lengthy illness.  Mom Emma Lee Davidson Pugh was the 4th of 5 children, (Frank Jr, Freddie, Eula, Robert) born on January 8, 1939 to Cora Lee and Frank Davidson, Greenville, Alabama.  She was preceded in death by her Mother, Father, brothers Robert, Freddie and Frank.  Her mother passed when she was 1yrs. old and for a time was raised by her Grandmother Katy Mae Patsy until she was 4yrs old whom she loved dearly and taught her many things.  She as a small child relocated and was raised in Laurel, Mississippi by her father Frank Davidson. 

She attended Nora Davis Elementary and Oak Park High schools.  As a young adult she lived in several different states, Michigan, Tennessee, Indiana.  Affectionately known as “Mudear” by her children and close friends and Ms. Emma by others. She was a great cook Chitterlings, Banana Pudding, Peach Cobbler, Cornbread, Greens among other things.  

Mom Emma, married at an early age and had 4 children Willie, Emma Gaynell, Frankie and Allen she then left Pontiac Michigan with 4 little ones in tow, and came to San Diego, CA.  Mom Emma met a wonderful loving and kind man Jesse Clemmons that loved and cared for her and her 4 little ones.  It was then that she had the last of her 5 children Barbara Clemmons yes, they saved the best for last, her only California born child.  Ms Emma, (Mudear) was fiercely protective of her family and would fight you to the end about her children and grandchildren.  She taught all of them to cook, fight, pray, advocate for themselves and to make something of themselves.

Ms. Emma was a Holy-Ghost filled member of St. Mark COGIC from the time she came to San Diego, until the church Pastor (her Brother in Law) Elder Reuben McCartney passed.  She became a member of North Park Apostolic Church in 1980 (on 30th & El Cajon Blvd) under founder Bishop Ray M. Trout.

Ms. Emma upon moving to San Diego wasted no time in finding employment.  She worked as a Care provider and as a School Chef.  She worked hard and took care of her family, giving them love, everything their hearts desired, parties, and boy could she throw a birthday party for the kids, at home and at school.  A God-Fearing, woman of class, and an impeccable dresser, and her makeup was always flawless.

Mom Emma was always protective of her family and friends and took on many as her children, (Jenise, Pricilla, Naomi, Skinny Lynnie, Veronica, Sis Bownita Craig, Fred & Tanya Gant, Bro Rafael Ricks and too many more to name.  Her Special Sister Mae Barber who she loved to the moon and back.   Ms. Emma lived with her daughter Barbara who took great care of her for the last several years of her life (who was there til the end at her Mom's side) who she loved and who loved her very much as well !!

As life went on Ms. Emma became a Grandmother to Amber Clemmons Trigueros (LMFT, Professor) and Luke Pugh, these were the apples of her eye, she would move heaven and earth for these two who affectionately called her “Gran”.  She had names for her grandbabies as she called Amber (“Lil Princess”) & Luke (Man).  These 2 were spoiled rotten by her until her very end.

Preceding her in death were her mother Cora Lee Davidson, her father Frank Davidson, brothers, Robert, Freddie, Frank Davidson, her 2 sons, Allen and Frankie Pugh.  She leaves to cherish her memory; 3 children Willie, Emma Gaynell, Very Special Daughter Barbara Clemmons-Trigueros, Grandchildren Luke, Amber, Sister Eula Gray.  Special Sister (Mae Barber), Adopted Daughter Bownita Craig, Sons Min. Ricks, Bro Fred Gant (Qwachie), Willie Gibson and too many others to list.


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