Ila E. Davidson
78, entered into glory Sunday, May
6, 2012, in Sun City, Ariz., succumbing to cancer.
Ila was born to Kenneth V. and
Margaret Evelyn (Orr) McGahan on
May 23, 1933, in Walkerville, Mich.
She was the eldest of 11 children.
She married Francis G. Davidson on Nov. 3, 1950, in Manistique,
Mich. They began their married life in Cooks, Mich., where they had three children. In February of 1961, they moved to North Kenai (Nikiski), Alaska. After moving back to Michigan in August of 1964, to be near Francis’s mother after his father’s passing, they returned to Nikiski eight months later. In 1971, they moved to Salem, Ore., returned to Alaska in 1977 and stayed until their final move to Sun City in December of 1993.
Ila is survived by her husband, Francis; three children, Wayne (Joan) Davidson, Debi (Allan) Stone and Colleen (Walt) Ward; seven grandchildren, Sherlai (Kiley) Breitling, Doug (Erika) Davidson, Bethany Davidson, Kelsey Stone, Wally Ward, Rocky (Margaret) Ward and Dusty Ward; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Norman (Lois) McGahan, Richard (Karen) McGahan, Jackie (Betty) McGahan, Dale (Donna) McGahan, Elaine O’Dell, Carol (Beaver) Broussard, Margie DeShong; and numerous loved nephews and nieces. She has many “adopted” kids from her time working at Western Baptist Bible College who are scattered all over the world.
Those who have gone before her are her parents, Kenneth and Margaret McGahan; siblings, Marvin “Butch” and William “Billy” McGahan and Sharon Otis; and her granddaughter Melissa Davidson.
Ila loved Jesus Christ and although she was reluctant to leave her loved ones, she was giddy about being with her Savior. She was known for her love for people and road trips and combined the two at every chance, often serving as the tour guide with each new adventure. Providing family and friends a warm meal or comfortable bed in her home brought her great joy. Supporting our fine service men and women by wearing red on Friday’s was a tradition she upheld through her final days.
An Arizona celebration of life service was Saturday, May 19. Burial and an Alaska celebration of life service were on Wednesday, May 23, Ila’s 79th birthday.
Donations in Ila’s memory may be made to the Davidson, Ditchen & Taylor Memorial Scholarship at Salem Academy Christian School, 942 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301.
Ila’s family wishes to thank the many family and friends who traveled this journey with them through their prayers, love and support; the Hospice of the Valley for their love and care of Ila and for supporting a graceful and peaceful final journey home; and the sensitive and professional services provided by the Menke Funeral Home in Arizona and the Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Alaska. Visit http://www.menkefuneralhome.com/obituaries/ila-evelyn-davidson/.