Katherine Laura ( Kitty ) Davy " Saroja "

Courtesy of Lord Meher - Vol.5
Courtesy of Lord Meher - Vol.5

 

Born : August 28, 1891 - KensingtonLondonEngland

Died : December 3, 1991 (aged 100) - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,United States

Buried : Upper Meherabad ( near Baba's tomb/samadhi )

 

Nationality : English

 

 

1930S

Kitty holding the umbrella at U.Meherabad, India - Courtesy of MN Collection
Kitty holding the umbrella at U.Meherabad, India - Courtesy of MN Collection
Mehera ; p294
Mehera ; p294
Kitty Davy on Seclusion Hill 1971
Kitty Davy on Seclusion Hill 1971
Kitty standing next to Baba's right wearing a dark hat
Kitty standing next to Baba's right wearing a dark hat

Adi K. Irani Secretary Collection -- Twenty First Letter
Avatar Meher Baba PPC Trust, Archives, Meherabad

This telegram from Chanji to Kitty was sent after Baba sailed from Bombay for Portofino on 18 July 1932. Baba had returned to India from China only three days before setting off again for Italy.

MSI Collection ; India - Kitty is far left, then Adi S Irani, Delia De Leon and Margaret Craske
MSI Collection ; India - Kitty is far left, then Adi S Irani, Delia De Leon and Margaret Craske
1952 : Kitty with Dr.Goher Irani boating at the Meher Center lake, Myrtle Beach, SC.
1952 : Kitty with Dr.Goher Irani boating at the Meher Center lake, Myrtle Beach, SC.

New York World Trade Fair

 

1950s : Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
1950s : Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kitty at the Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Kitty at the Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Painting by Charlie Mills, 1996 : "Kitty"  - Oil-20x16 - Courtesy of Joy Miller - http://www.millsstudio.com/
Painting by Charlie Mills, 1996 : "Kitty" - Oil-20x16 - Courtesy of Joy Miller - http://www.millsstudio.com/

Kitty's eldest sister was Martha May Cluse, her daughters was Zilla & youngest Virginia ( Jenny )

Kitty's brother was Herbert Davy

Kitty's youngest sister was Angela Lambett

Kitty's parents were John & Helena Davy

India ( L-R ) Banumasi Kerawala, Kitty Davy, and Mehroo Bilamoria-1984; Courtesy of Anne Giles
India ( L-R ) Banumasi Kerawala, Kitty Davy, and Mehroo Bilamoria-1984; Courtesy of Anne Giles
U. Meherabad, India ; India ( L-R ) Banumasi Kerawala, Kitty Davy, and Mehroo Bilamoria-1984; Courtesy of Anne Giles
U. Meherabad, India ; India ( L-R ) Banumasi Kerawala, Kitty Davy, and Mehroo Bilamoria-1984; Courtesy of Anne Giles
September 1981,  India : Mani S. Irani, Kitty, Mehera Kleiner ( young girl ), Mehera J. Irani, Davana Brown, Andrea Winzimer and Meheru Irani.
September 1981, India : Mani S. Irani, Kitty, Mehera Kleiner ( young girl ), Mehera J. Irani, Davana Brown, Andrea Winzimer and Meheru Irani.

Kitty's 100th Birthday - Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

Kitty ; Photo taken by Sher DiMaggio Zois
Kitty ; Photo taken by Sher DiMaggio Zois
June 1991 ; ( L-R ) Jane Haynes, KItty & Wendy Haynes Connor
June 1991 ; ( L-R ) Jane Haynes, KItty & Wendy Haynes Connor

Kitty Davy

 

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Katherine Laura Davy
Born August 28, 1891( 1891-08-25)
Kensington, London, England
Died December 3, 1991 (aged 100)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Other names Kitty Davy
Occupation Music teacher, Mandali
 

Kitty Davy, born Katherine Laura Davy (August 28, 1891 - December 3, 1991), was a mandali of Meher Baba.

Kitty Davy was born in Kensington, London, England, the daughter of John and Helena Davy. Kitty and her brother Herbert Davy first heard of Meher Baba in 1931 from Meredith Starr after visiting Starr's meditation retreat at Combe Martin in Devonshire, England. Kitty and Herbert were instrumental in making provisions for Baba's first arrival in London in September 1931 and Kitty was part of a very small group to greet Baba for the first time at London Victoria station.[1] Kitty also made preparations for Meher Baba to stay at the Davy family’s residence at 32 Russell Road, Kensington.

Later Kitty Davy was among the first westerners to travel to see Meher Baba in India in 1933.[2] Along with several other western women Kitty came and lived as a resident mandali at Meherabad with Meher Baba in India from November 1937 until 1952.[3] She was also among the western women who accompanied Meher Baba on his Blue Bus Tours throughout India in 1938-39.[4] In 1952 during a trip to the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Meher Baba asked Kitty to stay and assist the Center's founders Elizabeth C. Patterson and Princess Norina Matchabelli in the Meher Center's operations. Kitty then lived and worked on the Meher Spiritual Center until her death at the age of 100 in 1991. Her ashes are interred near Meher Baba's samadhi in Meherabad, India.

She was the author of the book Love Alone Prevails: A Story of Life with Meher Baba (1981) which recounts the 50 years of her life spent following Meher Baba.

 

References

  1. ^ Kalchuri, Bhau: "Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher", Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 1405
  2. ^ Meher Baba Words, The Master's Glossary C, D
  3. ^ Kalchuri, Bhau: "Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher", Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 2241
  4. ^ Meher Spiritual Center Website

External links

 

 

Meher Baba with Kitty in Venice. Courtesy of Lord Meher p.1506
Meher Baba with Kitty in Venice. Courtesy of Lord Meher p.1506
Courtesy of Lord Meher, Vol 6-7 : Bhau Kalchuri - Kitty (L) & Maragret Craske (R) carrying Baba during a picnic at Trimbak , India 1937
Courtesy of Lord Meher, Vol 6-7 : Bhau Kalchuri - Kitty (L) & Maragret Craske (R) carrying Baba during a picnic at Trimbak , India 1937
The Awakener ; Vol.20, No.2 - Portofino 1933 - Kitty seated ( middle )
The Awakener ; Vol.20, No.2 - Portofino 1933 - Kitty seated ( middle )

MEHER SPIRITUAL CENTRE, MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA - 1950s

KItty (left) with Elizabeth Patterson at the Center
KItty (left) with Elizabeth Patterson at the Center
Original Kitchen, Meher Center, probably in the 1960s. — with Kitty Davy, Elizabeth Patterson, Murshida Ivy Duce and Laura Delavigne
Original Kitchen, Meher Center, probably in the 1960s. — with Kitty Davy, Elizabeth Patterson, Murshida Ivy Duce and Laura Delavigne
Courtesy of Charles Haynes ; (L-R) Kitty Davy, Elizabrth Patterson & Jane at the Myrtle Beach Center toasting Richard & Laurie Blum's wedding.
Courtesy of Charles Haynes ; (L-R) Kitty Davy, Elizabrth Patterson & Jane at the Myrtle Beach Center toasting Richard & Laurie Blum's wedding.
Kitty with Elizabeth Patterson attending a wedding. Courtesy of Charles Haynes
Kitty with Elizabeth Patterson attending a wedding. Courtesy of Charles Haynes
JULY 1964 - At her desk at Dilruba, Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.
JULY 1964 - At her desk at Dilruba, Meher Center, Myrtle Beach, SC.

VIDEOS

Kitty : Courtesy of Diana Le Page
Kitty : Courtesy of Diana Le Page
Memorial program
Memorial program
Upper Meherabad, India
Upper Meherabad, India

DAVY FAMILY GENEALOGY

 

1901 England Census
1901 England Census
1911 England Census - household
1911 England Census - household
S.S. BRITANNIA   MAY 22ND,1933
S.S. BRITANNIA MAY 22ND,1933

LETTERS

Courtesy of : HEART TALK – Adi K. Irani Secretary Collection – Fifty Third Letter
Avatar Meher Baba PPC Trust, Archives, Meherabad

This letter from Kitty Davy was written while Baba was en route to Shanghai where He arrived on

22 June 1932. This is the last of these letters to Baba from His early Western lovers for a little while.

Kitty's Memorial brochure
Kitty's Memorial brochure