2011-11-03 / Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Betty Marie Davidson Davis

The family of Mrs. Betty Marie Davidson Davis wishes to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude for all of the people who prayed for and supported her, and her family, throughout her illness and as she was laid to rest. Anyone who knew Betty was surely familiar with her friendliness and maybe even her great cooking, but not everyone knew about her interesting life and many contributions to this community.

Betty was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Dr. James Samuel Davidson Jr. MD and Mrs. Sis Davidson, RN. The Davidson family moved to Thomasville when she was a very young child. She had a deep love of family, surely the result of belonging to a large family with her five wonderful siblings. After graduating from Thomasville High School, where she was a cheerleader, she attended the University of Alabama, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Home Economics.

When she married Gene Davis, an officer in the US Navy, she traveled with him and lived throughout the United States as well as in other countries. Betty taught elementary school in Kodiak, Alaska, where the first three (daughters) of four children were born. The family moved again and the youngest child, a son, was born in Alabama just before the family moved to Thailand. Betty was with, and supported, her husband throughout his military career. She assisted other military families, helping them to adjust to military family life, while raising her own children. She continued to teach as well, working as a substitute teacher in Long Beach, Mississippi, and Fairfax, Virginia.

As a result of her love for music, Betty sang, played the piano and violin, and most recently took violin lessons locally from Mr. Jonathon Williams. She played violin as a member of the Bay Area Strings Orchestra and participated in Mobile Symphony Orchestra functions. She performed on April 20, 2010, as second violin when the Bay Area Strings played with the Mobile Symphony in a presentation called Mozart the Master, a collection of works by the great composer Wolfgang Mozart.

Her love for community works included actively supporting the Pine Apple (Health Care) Clinic (in Pine Apple, Alabama), the RSVP Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program, and being a member and officer of the local Worthwhile Club. She also enjoyed participation in her church; St. Joseph’s, actively supported the Sacred Heart Parish functions, and worked through them to improve the lives of others.

Betty had a variety of other interests and accomplishments as well. She studied at the Southwestern Paralegal Institute in Texas and became a paralegal assistant. She also was an interior decorator with her own business in Orlando, Florida. While living in Orlando she also studied in the H&R Block Tax Preparation schools and became a manager at an H&R Block office in Orlando. Additionally, she undertook advanced accounting studies.

Not being all work, Betty was a wonderful cook, generous hostess, and accomplished dancer.

Her family will miss her dearly but comfort themselves with the memory of her smile, her kindness, her generous spirit, and her love of life as well as with the heartfelt support they have received from all her friends.

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