Ida M Davidson passed away on December 11, 2018.

Ida M Davidson departed for home on December 11, 2018.  Born to William and Irene (Schultz) McKeown, on May 18 1914 in Sayre, Oklahoma, Ida graduated from Liberty HS in 1931, attended teachers college and received her teaching certificate in 1933.  Ida married Lonnie Davidson and had one son, Wayne. After WWII started the family moved to Seattle as part of the war effort.  There Ida worked for the Transit System as a Loader in downtown Seattle.  She was well known as very helpful in getting people onto the right bus.  Ida and Lonnie moved back to Oklahoma in the early 60’s and settled in Wister where they raised beef cattle.  Ida was loving, kind, and dedicated to her community.  Always an advocate for education, she founded the Wister Public Library in 1963 and was a dedicated member of the Family & Community Education Association for many years.  She was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church, cherishing all her friends and family, especially her Sunday school class.  In April 2010, she moved to Caretel Inns of Lakeland in St. Joseph, Michigan to be closer to her grandchildren and then to the Pine Ridge Nursing Center in March 2016.

Ida was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son William Wayne Davidson; two brothers Woodrow and Edwin (Jack) McKeown; and great grandson Eugene Nims.

Ida is survived by her Grandchildren, Linda Davidson of Monroe, WA, William (Diane) Davidson of St. Joseph, MI, Robert (Cheri) Davidson of Hilliard, OH, Debra Lee of Rockford, IL, Great Grandchildren; Jennifer (Mark) Hamilton of Ridgefield, CT, Christy Davidson of Chicago, IL, Katherine Nims of San Francisco, CA, Kevin (Alicia) Nims of Charlottesville, VA, Samantha Davidson, Alexander Davidson, and Sara Davidson of Hilliard, OH; great-great Grandsons Jacob and Dylan Hamilton of Ridgefield, CT, Nieces; Sherry McKeown and Linda Ghormley of Cameron, OK, Sandra Johnson of Barling, AR, Joyce (Jerry) Harmon of Wister, OK, Lois McKeown of Cameron; and many great nieces and nephews.

Visitation and services will be held at the Bethel Baptist Church in Wister, OK on December 29, 2018.  Visitation will start at noon, followed by a Celebration of Life at 1 pm, with Pastor Clyde Steelman officiating.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation services in MI and Evans & Miller Funeral Homes in OK.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com

The family would like to thank the staff of Pine Ridge and Hospice at Home for their tender loving care in her final years.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church (305 Wann St, Wister, OK 74966), the Friends of Wister Library (211 Plum St, Wister, OK 74966), or Caring Circle-Hospice (4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085).




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