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Mary Eddie Parks Davidson passed away March 1, 2018 at her residence in Stillwater, OK. Funeral services will be at 10:30am on March 16, 2018 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater with the Reverend Paul Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Mary was born in Oxford, Mississippi on February 17, 1924 to James Edward Parks and Angielion Pennington. She graduated from University High School in Oxford in 1942. She married Ephraim Edward (Ed) Davidson in 1948 and by 1949 was starting to have one of her five baby girls. Mary worked several years for the First National Bank in Oxford before moving to Stillwater in 1968 when her husband, Ed took the position of the OSU Vice President for Business and Finance. Mrs. Davidson lived for her family. She loved cooking, quilting, china painting, antiquing, garage sale hopping, gardening and just spending time with Ed, her girls and their families. Mary and Ed loved to entertain and played chicken scratch with friends. After the girls were grown and gone, Mary decided to enter the real estate field and went to work for Century 21 Preston Agency, Homes of America and later - she and her daughter, Vicki, bought and ran Bryan Agency until her retirement.
Mary loved the Lord and was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Stillwater. She was also a member of Stillwater Womens Club, Antique Hunters Club, Arts & Humanities, Sewing Circle, Lois Glass Round Table, WMU President, Lahoma Club Newcomers President (1969-1970) and an honorary member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Mrs. Davidson is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed Davidson; daughter, Brenda Jo Horton English; sisters, Beulah Adams and Doris Richard.
Mary is survived by her brother, James Parks (Janice) of Oxford, MS; daughters, Debbi Myers (Dr. John) of Vinita, OK, Sandy Lewis of Tucson, AZ, Gail Hurd (Jud) Fort Collins, CO, Vicki Craven (Jim) of Stillwater, OK; 13 grandchildren; 20 great- grandchildren and 2 great- great- grandchildren.
The family would like to gratefully thank Golden Oaks Village and the wonderful staff for the care of Mary during the many years of her residency. The family would also like to thank Karman Legacy Hospice and their staff for their care of Mary during her year of Hospice care. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Karman Legacy Hospice, P.O. Box 818 Stillwater, OK 74076 or phone Karman Legacy Hospice at 405-377-8012.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Published on March 8, 2018
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