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Fern  Katherine Davidson

Fern Katherine Davidson

Oct 3, 1914 - Jun 10, 2009
A Celebration of Life service for Fern K. Davidson of Lander will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church of Lander.

Cremation has taken place and Mrs. Davidson’s cremains will be buried next to her husband at Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne at a later date.

Mrs. Davidson died Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 94 years old.

Fern Katherine Johnson was born to Louis Andrew Johnson and Ruth Naoma (Becker) Johnson on October 3, 1914 on the family ranch in Terhune, Wyo. She attended the Johnson school on the ranch and was graduated from Hulett High School in 1933. She received her BA in education from the Black Hills State College in 1962.

She lived at the Crook County ranch for 47 years, in Veteran, Wyo. for 27 years, Cheyenne for 8 years and Lander for 12 years.

On May 23, 1936 she married Everett C. Davidson in Belle Fourche, SD.

Mrs. Davidson was a teacher in Wyoming for 39 years; 19 of those years were in rural schools in Crook County, including many years at the Johnson school she attended as a child. She then spent 20 years as a third grade teacher in Veteran and Yoder in Goshen County.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and Wyoming Retired Teachers. She was a member of the Presbyterian faith.

The family said Mrs. Davidson enjoyed activities with her friends, teaching, reading, being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and family activities.

She and her husband raised their daughters on the ranch where she grew up. They worked together, including riding horses, working cattle and sheep, fencing and putting up hay.

Mrs. Davidson is survived by daughters Barbara (Haas) Smith and her husband Charlie of Lander and Wilma Shamley and her husband Dick of Casper; three grandchildren, Kirk Shamley and his wife Mary Ellen, Debora Creger and her husband Doug and Mark Shamley and his wife Beverly; seven great grandchildren; sister Alice Dodd of Miles City, Mont.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ruth and Stanley Davidson of Hulett; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Everett Davidson; a brother John Johnson; sisters Allegra Lee and Mable Wright; son-in-law Leslie Haas.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lander Senior Center, Help for Health Hospice Home, or the Hulett Civic Center, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main, Riverton, WY 82501.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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