Ethel Marie Davidson, 83, Neosho, who died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

Ethel Marie Davidson, 83, Neosho, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at her home, following a lengthy illness.  

She was born April 9, 1927, in Peoria, Okla., to James Harry Cole and Maggie Winifret (Minser) Cole.
Mrs. Davidson moved to Neosho in 1960. She and her husband, Don, owned and operated the Dairy Mart, from 1970 - 1975. She then worked as head cook at Crowder College, retiring in 1986.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for nearly 50 years.

Ethel and Donald Dean Davidson were married Feb. 8, 1947, in Columbus, Kansas. Don survives.  

Additional survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Mary Davidson, Joplin, and Bob and Karen Davidson, Liberty, Mo.; six grandchildren, Richard and wife, Jennifer Davidson, Brandon and wife, Kate Davidson, Jenny Davidson and fiancé, Chris Becker, Drew Davidson, Tyler Davidson, and Ashley Davidson; three great-grandchildren, Kyndall Davidson, and Chase and Brayden Davidson; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 21, at Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho, with Rev. Roger Brumley officiating. Burial will follow in Baxter Springs Cemetery, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Goade, Gene Ferguson, Gene Pettit, Dave Marty, Verl Alumbaugh and Rick Adler. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Matthews, Roy Bradford, Bill Towery, Gene Haddock, Ray Arndt and Thomas Jan.

Friends may call at Clark Funeral Home, in Neosho, from noon - 4 p.m. today, where the family will receive friends from 3 - 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Crowder College Foundation, for the Ethel Marie Davidson Scholarship Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

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