Popular Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, known for her role as “Alice” on TV’s "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at University Hospital after suffering a fall in her home near San Antonio.
Well-known for her role as the Brady family housekeeper in the 1970s, Davis left acting in the late 70s and became a fixture in Bishop William Frey’s Episcopal ministry in Denver, Colorado. When the bishop transferred to a church in Texas, Davis moved with the bishop’s family and they settled in the Leon Springs area 18 years ago.
Frey said he and his wife discovered Davis had fallen and hit her head in the bathroom sometime Saturday morning.
"We don't know exactly what time it happened. We were alerted to it when her hairdresser called and said (Davis) had not appeared for her appointment. We just assumed that's where she was," Frey said.
Frey said they called an ambulance and Davis was taken to the hospital but never regained consciousness. She died shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday.
It was Davis’ role as Schultzy on “The Bob Cummings Show" in the 1950s that won her the Emmys. Bishop Frey said Davis was happy in her later years serving the church and singing in the choir, and she was well-known in the community.
"Occasionally when we first moved here -- maybe the first ten years to so -- she would still get recognized a lot when we went to a restaurant or what have you," Frey said.
Frey said Davis died peacefully, and he remembered her fondly. "Unlike the character she played on TV, she didn't cook. So when it was her night to cook, we went out to eat at a restaurant," he said.