FROM THE JAMESTOWN POST JOURNAL:
Margrete Ester Carlson Davidson passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2010.
Margrete, of Neits Crest in Ashville, passed away in Englewood, Fla. She was born in Jamestown on May 19, 1929, the daughter of the late Helge and Judith Soderquist Carlson.
Margrete graduated from Jamestown High School in 1947 and married her childhood sweetheart, Robert G. Davidson on September 6, 1947. He went to be with the Lord on June 14, 2005.
She was the proud mother of Linda (Franklin) Yartz of Ashville and Ronald (Linda) Davidson of Lakewood. She has five beloved grandchildren: Andrew (Angela) Yartz of Essex Junction, Vt., Thomas (Angela) Yartz, Eric Davidson and Leslie (Thomas) Genareo, all of Lakewood and Tracy (Joe) Musselman of Columbus, Ohio.
In addition, she had been blessed with six great-grandchildren: Jake, Leigh and Jared Yartz, Myla Yartz, Emily Musselman and Wilson Genareo. She was affectionately known to all as Mimi. She is also survived by a sister, Doris (Ernest) Erickson of Jamestown.
Margrete and her husband, Bob, owned and operated Davidson's Restaurant from 1950 until their retirement in 1990. She remained a daily figure at the restaurant for the rest of her life. She was a charter member of the Lakewood Baptist Church and an associate member of the West Rotunda Community Church in Englewood, Fla.
Her hard-working hands played and enjoyed the piano all her life. Beginning at the age of six, she loved gospel music. She and Bob attended numerous concerts and gospel cruises. They enjoyed traveling to many destinations including Sweden, Alaska and Florida. She enjoyed working on her lake home lawn and flower garden and even captured her beautiful garden in an award-winning photograph of a rainbow.
She loved watching all sports - the Yankees and NASCAR were her favorites. In later years, she enjoyed reading Christian books. Most important to Margrete throughout her life was her love for her family and God.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home.
The Rev. Daniel W. Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home Friday.
The family suggests memorials be made to Lakewood Baptist Church, 150 Erie St., Lakewood, NY 14750.