Beatrice Eugenia Davidson, 107, who passed away February 9, 2013, was born on a farm near Storm Lake, Iowa, on March 5, 1905. She was the only daughter and eldest of the five children born to Roy and Eugenia (LeDoux) Davidson. When she was one year old, the family moved from the farm to Storm Lake. She attended the schools in Storm Lake and was a graduate of Buena Vista University where she majored in education.
She taught in the public schools of Buena Vista County for twenty-five years. Beatrice was an accomplished musician in both piano and organ. She furnished the music in her church for many years. She also gave lessons to many of her school pupils. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and taught primary classes in Sunday School.
In 1944 she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she resided for twenty-five years. Until the end of World War II, she worked at the Boeing Aircraft Co. where she was a shop inspector. Then she was employed as a bookkeeper in the office of the J. C. Penney Co. and lastly as the secretary to the purchasing agent of the Fremont Electric Co. It was during her stay in Seattle that she met and married her husband, Peter Wasylewych, who passed away in 1967. In 1968 she retired and moved to Madison, Wisconsin.
She was a past Junior Regent of the Women of the Moose. She was a member of that organization for over thirty-five years. She was also a member of the Eagles Auxiliary #623. She served that organization as Madam President for two terms. She was Madam Conductor on the Ritual team for over ten years and was named Madam Conductor on the State All-star team three times. In 1984 she was given the honor of being named "Mrs. Eagle" of the year. In May, 1998, she was honored by the Auxiliary President by being named "Auxiliary Mother" of the year.
She was a sixty-nine year member of the Modern Woodmen of America. She was a volunteer at the Veteran's Hospital where she received an award for 300 hours of service. She also did volunteer work at the Atwood Center and the Madison Senior Center.
Bea was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers and their spouses, Carroll and Loretta, Floyd and Dorothy, Claire and Eleanor, Roy and Eleanor, and a niece Ellen Davidson Lange. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Patricia Davidson of Storm Lake, Jim and Sandy Davidson of Burlington, Gordon and Deb Davidson of Waterloo, Karen and Dale Piercy of Sioux Rapids, and Greg and Mary Kempfer of Michigan City, Indiana, six great nieces and nephews and ten great-great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Gunderson Funeral Home on Monona Drive on Friday, February 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with her nephew Jim Davidson officiating. The Women of the Eagles Auxiliary will have a memorial followed by the regular service. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Cancer or Diabetes Funds.
May she rest at home with her Savior and find everlasting peace.
Memorials may be made to Cancer or Diabetes Funds.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on friday at the funeral home.
A memorial service will be held at the Gunderson Funeral Home on Monona Drive on Friday, February 15, 2012 at 11:00 a. m. The Women of the Eagles Auxiliary will have a memorial followed by the regular service.