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Eleanor A. Davidson

Eleanor Ann Davidson, 98, passed away at Asbury Park in Newton on November 22, 2019.  Funeral services will be held Friday, November 29th at 11 a.m. at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Private burial will be held in Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.  She was born in Cedar Point on October 19, 1921 to Graham H. and Ruth Dwelle Grimwood. She spent her childhood in Cedar Point, graduating from Cedar Point High in 1939.  She then attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, graduating in 1943.  On January 26, 1947, she and Raymond Davidson were married at her parents' home in Cedar Point.  Two sons were born to them, Steven and Jeffrey.  They lived in Iola until January of 1951.  At that time, they moved to a ranch northeast of Florence, where they lived for the next 55 years. In October of 2006 they moved into Florence.  Eleanor taught school a total of 22 years.  She taught business classes in the Humboldt and Florence high schools.  She then taught English at Florence Middle School after the Florence schools were consolidated with Marion.  She was a devout Christian and attended the Youngtown United Methodist Church from 1956 until the church closed in 2001.  She taught Sunday School, helped with several Vacation Bible Schools, and served as the treasurer of the Sunday School.  She and Ray then attended Cedar Point Community Church and later Florence Christian after they moved to town.  she also served on the Florence Library Board for eight years and was treasurer of the Florence Senior Center for a number of years.  Her hobbies included bird watching, needlework, and reading.  She was a bird counter for the Audubon Society.  She enjoyed living in a somewhat isolated ranch location.  she also enjoyed the many road trips she and Ray made to Baker City, Oregon, to visit son Steve and his family during the 30 years they lived there.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother Edward Grimwood.  She is survived by her sons Steve (Judy) Davidson of Newton and Jeff (Kelley) Davidson of Eureka; grandsons Greg (Eva) of Knoxville, TN, Doug of Alva, OK, and Grant of Hays; granddaughter Meghan (Erik) Loverude of Manhattan; great-grandsons Matthew Davidson of Knoxville and Aarik Loverude of Manhattan and nephews Charlie (Pat) Grimwood of Fort Collins, CO and Tom (Nedy) Grimwood of Burns.  Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Samaritan's Purse or the Florence Library.  Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Eleanor at www.ymzfh.com.

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Ray and Eleanor would come into my flower shop together. They were always a delight.
Julie Brosemer

Julie Brosemer Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM

I was in Eleanor's typing, bookkeeping, and shorthand classes.....she also helped with the school newspaper the year our class published it.....she was one of my favorite teachers.

Judi (Broz) Rowland Dec 1 2019 12:00 AM

Mrs Davidson was my junior high typing teacher. But more than that, she was a kind, generous and energetic woman. She was always interested in the lives of all the young people in the community. Even when we were no longer so young.

Marsha Jackson Douskurt Dec 1 2019 12:00 AM

I have good memories of the Davidson family. I remember putting up hay at the farm. Eleanor always had a smile .

Thad Osgood Nov 30 2019 12:00 AM

I loved it when Mrs Davidson was our substitute teacher when I was in junior high!!!

Dawn Hoffman Carr Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

What a fine family! Mrs. Davidson was a really nice lady and good teacher. Will always remember her laugh as she talked. Sorry for the loss.

Lynn Cress Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

Mrs. Davidson taught me to type. I loved her class - she was always delightful and made it fun. My own mom was a typing teacher too. I still have great typing skills due to Mrs. Davidson's instruction and diligence. She was left-handed and had a unique way of writing on the blackboard. I truly enjoyed having her as my teacher!

Cheryl Robinson Doty Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

The only typing class I ever took was in 8th grade with Mrs. Davidson. I have taught English for 35 years and still can type better than my students. She was always a smiling presence in my memories.

Linda (Schaffers) Pyle Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

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