Ethel Davidson

Davidson-Ethel Mary (Hodges) Davidson, 88 years. Born in Windsor, Ontario October 21, 1928. Loving daughter of Val and Edith Hodges and was big sister to her brother and best friend Frank (1995). Married to Scotsman and noted loving handful Donald Macintosh Davidson in 1958, until his passing in 2010. They built a life together with 3 children, Heather (Brian Roth) of Dorchester ON, Doug (Sherry Clark) of Toronto, ON and Sheila (John Murphy) of Midland MI. Loving Stepmother to Glynis Steele (William) and Valerie MacPherson (Sandy) both of Windsor ON. Loving grandmother of Piper and Kieran of Midland MI, Sasha of Edmonton AB, Courtney of Vancouver BC, Corey and Joshua of Windsor ON and Heather of Halifax NS. Auntie Ethel to the Hodges family; sister-in-law Jeanne of Windsor, ON, nephews and nieces Stephen, Patricia, Mike and Susan. Special friend and honorary mom to so many. After graduating from Patterson High School in Walkerville, ON she went on to graduate from Nursing at Grace Hospital in Windsor in 1950, and earned her Nursing Degree from University of Toronto. She was your favorite nurse that told you to quit smoking, do your monthly breast or prostate exam, get your colonoscopy, advise you to get that mole looked at and to get moving and lose a few pounds. As you should! Ethel was always right about these things. After retiring from her career as an Occupational Health Nurse for Terra Inc. she spent her time between her home town of almost 50 years in Corunna ON and her cottage on Manitoulin Island ON, enjoying her love of nature, birding and spending time with the many friends she made. Our girl loved a good auction or yard sale, her pursuit and locating of “treasures” was legendary. She spent her final two years in Dorchester ON, lovingly cared for by daughter Heather and son-in-law Brian. She was blessed with the kindest friends and neighbors possible. She loved and was loved. Special thanks to Dr. Shiraz Malik, the Dorchester CCAC and VON support teams, Alaina Aguanno and the Victoria Hospital Emergency team and D6200 staff for the excellent care she received. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Tuesday August 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. where a celebration of life will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Deanna Gibson officiating. Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the VON Middlesex Elgin or the Canadian Wildlife Federation in her memory. Messages and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845.

Visitation Information

Tuesday August 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


VON Middlesex Elgin Canadian Wildlife Federation

Funeral Date

1:00 p.m. Tuesday August 8, 2017

17 thoughts on “Ethel Davidson”

  1. My deepest sympathy for the entire family. Sheila, I know why you are such a great person, because your mom sounded like one heck of a gal. We will miss your Ethel pictures on fb. Stay strong and again all my best to the entire family.

  2. I never met your mom but must tell you that her obituary is so beautifully written with such love and spirit, that I feel like I knew her a little bit and would have liked her a great deal.
    My sincere sympathies to the entire family. You were clearly blessed to have such a woman in your life and will miss her dearly. Take care.

  3. Frank Oliva and Tracey Lee

    Heather and Brian

    Our deepest heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Ethel was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed.

  4. I am so sad about the loss of your darling Mother. I was privileged to have been part of her life for so very long and I continue that privilege as part of your whole family. For which I am very grateful.
    Ethel (Mama) was the kindest of ladies. A gentle and caring soul. I shall always think of her as part of the magic of Manitoulin. The sweet birds who would feed from her hand. The laughter of family and friends. The joy of watching the stars in the Heavens. The “shopping” in Kagawan. I have so many memories that I shall treasure.
    My love to you all
    Other Heather xxx

  5. Alex Singbush Jr.

    I am sorry to hear about Ethel’s passing. Please know that your family are in our thoughts. My parents both enjoyed Ethel’s companionship at camp; my mother especially enjoyed their dusk outings in search of deer.

  6. Gloria & David Janzen

    We have many fond memories of this loving and feisty Lady.
    We are very sorry that we will be unable to attend either of the gatherings in her memory but send you hugs as you remember and celebrate your Mom.

  7. Dear Sheila and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time with the loss of your beloved mother.

    She will always be close to your heart and watching over you.

    With sympathy, lots of love.

  8. So sorry to hear of Ethel’s passing.
    Ethel was a wonderful and well respected Occupational Nurse. Yes, she would ‘tell you’ but it was always the truth and worthwhile.

  9. Beth and Bruce Nutt

    Sheila, John & family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Ethel was an awesome lady. She will be missed.
    God bless!

  10. My thoughts are with you and Brian and all your family. Take care of yourselves and take comfort in knowing you did all that a daughter could ever do and more in caring for your beloved mum. Be at peace and may the many happy memories give you some solace during this most difficult time.

  11. Judy and Ron Watson

    Our deepest condolences to Heather, Douglas and Sheila with the recent passage of your mother, Ethel.

    Ethel was one of my nursing
    instructors at Grace Hospital School of Nursing.Don was a valued Hydro employee when Ron joined hydro in Windsor. So, they both were leaders to us junior /neophite employees. They both taught us a great deal related to kindness and humanity, and introduced us to curry.

    We knew them in Sarnia also.
    Your mother will be missed.

    Unfortunately, we cannot make the funeral. Ron fell in his nursing home on Friday and has to remain in bed most of the day, and have the nurses manage his pain.

  12. She was my first friend in Corunna. The smell of chocolate chip cookies baking g wasn’t something a 4 year old can resist. She gave me cookies, and then walked me towards of the voice hollering my name. Every time we bumped into each other (normally Tims), we’d talk old times…and she’d tell me I need to quit smoking. Going to miss our chats..:(

  13. Bob and Jennifer DeRaad

    Dear Heather, Brian and Family
    There are no words to express our condolences during what must be a very challenging time for you and your family. Ethel was a devoted, spouse, mother and friend and we will miss her wonderful life stories and her quick wit. Are thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    Your Friends

    Bob (Bobert) and Jenn

  14. John Cindy Brough

    Sheila Heather Doug

    We are sadden by your loss…As I reflect back when we were kids I always remember your mom as a great healing spirit and a friend our family could always count on. She had a great smile and laugh.

    John Cindy Brough

  15. John Cindy Brough

    Sheila Heather Doug

    We are sadden by your loss…As I reflect back when we were kids I always remember your mom as a great healing spirit and a friend our family could always count on. She had a great smile and laugh.

    John Cindy Brough

  16. Heather, Doug and Sheila. so sorry to read of your dear Mother’s passing. We were in the same volunteer group at Colborne Street School during the 70’s and early 80’s (Body Management and Hot Dog Days). Your mom visited with me a couple of times here in New Glasgow, while she was traveling with work here in Nova Scotia. We enjoyed these visits and looked forward to them.
    We lived on Belmont and Doug was our paper carrier for awhile. Allison and Ted are my kids, so perhaps this will help you remember us.
    Your Mother was a lovely person and well liked and respected by all who knew her. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. Bonnie MacLaren

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