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In Loving Memory of Margueritte Davidson

May 10, 1918 - August 23, 2020

 

Last updated 9/2/2020 at 1:16pm

"To Teach Is To Touch A Life Forever"

Margueritte Davidson was an educator, devoted wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and great- great-grandmother. She was an 18-year resident of Fountain, Co. and passed peacefully at home on Aug. 23, 2020. She was cared for during her final days on earth by her loving family and the competent Compassus Care Team, especially Chaplain Kevin Diffee, Nurse Monica and CNA Stephanie.

Margueritte was born May 10, 1918 in Tahlequah, Okla. to Margaret Allen Prier and Edwin Redmond Prier. In 1935, she began her college education at East Central State University in Ada, Okla. On April 4, 1939, she married the love of her life, James Marion Davidson, in Coalgate Okla. Minister Geb Snoddy of the M.E. Church South officiated. They then built a home on West 2nd Street in Ada. They were members of Ada Asbury Methodist Church, as were their young children, Jimmy Jr. and Jeri. Following in the footsteps of Jimmie's father, Ollie J. Davidson, who owned and operated Davidson's Grocery and Meat Market on Main Street, Jimmie and Margueritte operated a second Grocery & Meat Market on Oak Avenue in Ada. Margueritte interrupted attending college to help run the store and take care of the children. During this time, and throughout most of WW2, Jimmie continued a Semi Pro Baseball career playing ball throughout Oklahoma and neighboring states. Margueritte loved watching Jimmie play ball and attended as many of his games as possible.

In 1945, their 5-year-old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They closed up the grocery and moved temporarily to Oklahoma City where Jimmy Jr. had surgery and recovery. Jimmie worked Civil Service at Tinker Air Force Base. In 1958, the family relocated to Colorado Springs, Co. when Jimmie was transferred and continued his Civil Service Career at the United States Air Force Academy.

In 1964, following the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, Margueritte returned to Oklahoma to be closer to family. She once again began classes at East Central State University. Margueritte earned a Master's Degree in Learning Disabilities along with a Reading Specialist Degree. She taught school in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico, she taught on the Zuni Indian Reservation and lived in a "Teacher Apartment Complex" on the Reservation. She enjoyed this location tremendously, loved the American Indian Culture and dearly loved her students. Her son and daughter and family equally loved Zuni and visited often.

Following the death of her cherished son on May 13, 1972 she returned to her home in Ada. Her final teaching assignment found her in Wynnewood, Okla., where she coached the high school girls softball team to a championship season!

After retirement, she remained active as a substitute teacher and volunteered as an Election Judge and worker at the polls. She also became a foster grandparent to children through the local school district. In 2002, at the age of 84, she sold her Oklahoma home and moved to Fountain to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She was always extremely creative, was a High Fashion Seamstress, could draw expertly and worked crossword puzzles non-stop. In later years she turned more and more to her Bible, particularly the Psalms. She was devoted to her little Maltese, Dyna and was devastated when after 12+ years, her faithful furry companion passed on. Margueritte was a member of the Fountain Valley Senior Center, the Eastern Star #155 and a co-member of the Fountain Valley Historical Society with her daughter. She also helped with the City of Fountain Downtown Events, as a volunteer at one of the ticket stands when her daughter was the Mayor of Fountain.

In addition to her parents, in-laws, husband, son, and her little dog, Margueritte was preceded in death by a brother Richard Prier (Norman, Okla.), sister Loyce Alma Lamb (Purcell, Okla.) and her son-in-law Peter C. Howells (Fountain, Co.). She is survived by her daughter Jeri Davidson-Howells; granddaughter Peris and grandson Christian Howells; great-grand-daughters Jordan and Jaya Freeman; great-grandsons Keeton and Christian Chase Howells; great-grand son-in-law Richard Anderson and great-great granddaughter Nyelli Anderson and her beloved "baby sister" Barbara Jean Monks of Oklahoma City and her wonderful nieces and nephews.

Margueritte will be interred next to her husband and son in the Davidson Family Plot, Rosedale Cemetery in Ada, Okla. Donations in her honor may be sent to Compassus, 5475 Tech Center Drive, Suite 105, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

 

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