ROXBURY, NJ - Former Roxbury Mayor Marilyn Davis, who died July 10, was lauded Tuesday by members of the Roxbury Mayor and Council who praised her for being a groundbreaking and dedicated public servant.
Davis, 87, was a Kenvil resident since moving to Roxbury in 1964. She was the first woman mayor of the township and spent many years, after leaving the council, as a trustee of the Roxbury Public Library. Davis was also a long-time member of, and deaconess at, the Ledgewood Baptist Church.
"She was a class lady," said Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall. "She really was. She did spend an awful lot of time not only on the council but also with the library. She loved the library and spent a lot of time helping out in that area. So she very much will be missed."
Roxbury Councilman Bob DeFillippo also spoke about Davis, noting there have only been three women mayors of the township.
"Marilyn Davis was the first," he said. "Sandy Urgo was the second. I'm married to the third (Kathryn DeFillippo). She was mayor of this town at a time when it wasn't common for women to hold high public office ... She was committed to the community and the people who live here, so it was sad to hear about her passing. She leaves a legacy and other women will stand on her shoulders to achieve those high goals."
One of the council members who knew Davis for a long time, Richard Zoschak, said "Marilyn did a lot for this township and we applaud that."
Davis was a longtime employee of Willis and Paul of Mount Arlington, where she served as an executive assistant. Her boss, Bill Callow, wrote a tribute to her on Legacy.com: "Marilyn was an extraordinary intelligent, caring, thoughtful and loyal person. Our years working together was both productive and enjoyable. And could those fingers type!".