- October 10, 1920 - August 4, 2012
- Bedford, Iowa
of Mildred's Passing
- May be given in her name.
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“My sister Carolyn let me know of the obituary of your Mother. I could recall many memories of days/evenings spent with you, Lois, and your mother's...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Mariann Hoffman Harlan - KY
“I will remember my Aunt Mildred for her keen intelligence, her beautiful smile, and her indomitable spirit. She was cheerful, brave, hardworking,...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Sondra Kline - Tulsa, OK - niece
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is always so hard to lose Mom--and Mildred was such a dear one. When I think of her I have many
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3 of 9 | Posted by: Joyce Gietl - Aurora, CO
“We are thinking of you at this time in the loss of your mother. We send our sympathy and prayers, and hope you can find comfort at this time. ...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jerry & Ellen Dougherty - Forsyth, MO
“I knew Grandma D. longer than any of my other 3 grandparents. She was one of the nicest and most caring people I've ever met. She was one of the main...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Ryan Davidson - Blacksburg, VA
“My Grandmother was a warm, wonderful, loving woman. I feel honored to forever be her "favorite (though only) granddaughter." I am sad to see her go,...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Delynn Davidson - Albuquerque, NM
“Mildred had the poise of royalty, was a delightful conversationalist and was the most fearful Scrabble player I have ever known.
7 of 9 | Posted by: Kay McLearen - Bedford, IA
“I am thankful to have felt the love and support of such a kind and gracious woman. Grandma D. was a cheerleader for all of us grandkids. Many warm...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: David Brian Lee - Rockville, MD
“We were so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The photo display was just wonderful. Sincerely, ...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Tom and Claire Sawyer - TX
Mildred Maud (Baxter) Davidson was born October 10, 1920, in Bedford, Iowa the daughter of John Harold Baxter and Ruby Pearl (Derrickson) Baxter. Mildred was the second oldest of five children. Her parents were farmers and she grew up attending country schools and was the Taylor County Champion Speller. She also was active in 4-H as a child, where she was elected Taylor County President. While in high school, she participated in basketball. She graduated from the Conway High School with the Class of 1937. After graduation, Mildred worked at the ASCS office in Bedford for two years.
On February 17, 1939, she was united in marriage to Dwight Davidson. They were blessed with the birth of three children, Lois, Alan and Nancy Lea. The family farmed until Dwight's retirement in 1977. They lived on the same farm four miles south of Bedford for 38 years before moving into town. In 1963, Mildred returned to work at the ASCS office as Program Clerk until her retirement in 1981.
Mildred was a member of the Berea Church of Christ in rural Bedford. She enjoyed golf, playing bridge, reading, solving difficult cross-word puzzles, women's club organizations and traveling. She wrote weekly letters to her three children and visited them as much as possible.
Left to cherish Mildred's memory are her three children, Lois Lee and husband Richard of Nixa, Missouri; Alan Davidson and wife Dianna of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Nancy Lea of Waiheke Island, New Zealand; five grandchildren, David Brian Lee, Todd Lee (Christine Lee), Ryan Davidson, Delynn Davidson (Joe Fox) and Samuel Holford (Eve his fiancé); five great-grandchildren, Michael Lee, Max Lee, Madison Lee, Tiago Fox and Tycho Fox; two brothers, Homer and Dean Baxter; along with many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Mildred in death are her parents, John and Ruby Baxter; her loving husband Dwight Davidson; a sister, Bette; a brother John Harold; three brothers-in-law, Dale, Dean and Wendell; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred and Bernice.
Mildred always assumed the best in everyone and was a gentle, kind person.
Mildred's family and friends loved her and will miss her forever.