April 13, 1929 - August 10, 2019
Waverly, New York
August 10, 2019
April 13, 1929
Cape Vincent, New York
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York
Monday, August 19, 2019 from 3 to 5 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York
Betty H. Davidson passed away peacefully on August 10, 2019, on the Feast of St. Lawrence at the Robert Packer Hospital following a brief period of declining health.
Betty Anne was born on April 13, 1929, in Cape Vincent, New York, to Walter A. and Grace S. (Aubertine) Hollenbeck. She married James Keith Davidson of Waverly, New York, on July 9, 1960.
Betty was born and raised on the Hollenbeck family’s “Sunnyside Farm”. She dearly loved the home that her father built in this rural community nestled along the St. Lawrence River. Betty’s childhood held treasured memories working alongside Mother and Dad. Her mother inspired her love and talent for cooking, baking, sewing, along with a passion for teaching which led her to pursue a degree in Home Economics from Cornell University. Betty was a proud alumna of the Class of 1950 and she enjoyed attending many campus reunions and reminiscing with former classmates and friends.
Betty began her teaching career in LaFargeville, New York. She proudly taught there for 5 years before accepting a new opportunity. The department head from Cornell University recommended Betty to train and evaluate all of the college’s student teachers who were sent at that time to the Spencer School District. This was truly an honor and rewarding experience which Betty oversaw for 9 years. It was during this period that she met the love of her life at Fraley’s Roller Rink in Waverly.
The couple was married at St. Vincent of Paul Roman Catholic Church in Cape Vincent and recently celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary. She left teaching and settled into a new life in Waverly to be a homemaker. Betty and Keith proudly raised 4 daughters who survive: Lisa (John) Friedlander with children Cherisa, James Alan, Ryan, Scott, and Thomas of S. Attleboro, MA; Linda (Joseph) Clemenzi with son Nicholas of Troy, NY; Anne (Kenneth, Jr.) Curtis with children Katelyn, Kevin, Kamren, and Kerilyn of Waverly, NY; and Ellen Curtis with sons Wynndham and Clayton of Big Flats, NY.
She is also survived by cousins, John (Ann) Hollenbeck of Watertown, NY, and Phyllis Putnam of Chaumont, NY; brother-in-law, C. Wayne Davidson of Towanda, PA, and sister-in-law Barbara Deitzer, of Annapolis, MD; along with many nieces and nephews.
Betty was predeceased by her parents, siblings Mary H. Ransier and Richard W. Hollenbeck, Richard’s widow, Ivy Hollenbeck Sinnott (Anthony); in-laws J. Rodney and Sara H. Davidson; brothers and sisters-in-law, J. Edward (Frances) Davidson, Rita (Nathan) Cole, Jean Davidson, Marian Davidson, Gerald Deitzer, and grandson, Keith A. Curtis.
Betty was a dedicated wife, mother, and teacher who supported her husband and family fully. Her daughters could always count on her assistance with their 4-H club, sports, the marching band, and the development of their faith. She was a faithful member of St. James Church who looked forward to Mass and reciting the Rosary. The love for teaching was ever-present so after all the girls were in grade school she happily resumed her calling as a substitute teacher for 28 years at Waverly High School.
She had a keen mind, a love of word puzzles, was a competitive Scrabble player, enjoyed Solitaire, reading the news from “up North”, and traveling. Betty was especially proud of her family’s French heritage and the highlight of her year was returning to The Thousand Islands for its annual French Festival (La Fête Française) which coincided with her anniversary. She and Keith relished the chances to go to the Cape and drive past her old family homestead, visit with relatives and friends, watch the parade, ride on the ferry boats over to Canada, and attend the French Mass where she was a bride. Betty was a beautiful and kind soul who was cherished by her family and will be dearly missed.
The family will receive friends on Monday, August 19, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY. A Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly, NY. Burial will immediately follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Betty’s name to the Waverly Free Library, 18 Elizabeth St., Waverly, NY 14892.
Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com.
From: Hannie Santana
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I'm here for you! Love you, my sister!
From: Judy Wright
Linda my thoughts and prayers are with y0u and your family in this time of sorrow.
From: Joanne Cole Oteri
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I have many fond memories of her as a child. I will never forget the many trips to visit the family. She was the kindest and sweetest Aunt. Rest in peace, Aunt Betty❤️
From: Maureen Cole Mattice
My deepest sympathy and regards to your family for your loss. Aunt Betty was one of my favorite Aunts. I will always hold dear the memories of coming to Uncle Keith and Aunt Betty’s house while being a little girl. Aunt Betty is a keen, witty, cheerful kindhearted soul. She indeed lived a wonderful life while here on this earth. She can now join all the other angels and truly rest peacefully.
From: Alison ferro
My deepest sympathies to the Davidson family
From: Julie Zeissler
Linda and Family,
My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am so sorry for your loss.
The Zeissler Family
From: June Satterly
Betty was a very faithful substitute teacher that I could count on. She was a true friend to our WHS Class of 52. We all will miss her. My deepest condolences to the family.
From: Bob Dow
Linda and family; I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My parent's passed very close together as well and in my heart I believe it was because of their love for one another they joined in Heaven as they had here with us - because of love. My heart breaks for you and your family. Know there are many around whom love and send you support and prayers. I never had the pleasure of meeting your parents - I know though that they were awesome wonderful people as I see such a beautiful person like yourself coming form loving wonderful parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - much love Bob
From: April Miller
Linda , I am so very sorry for your loss. I give you my deepest sympathy in this very hard time . If you need anything even if its just someone to talk yo I am here.
My prayers are with you and your family during these trying times. XOXO
From: Leonard & Nancy Limoge
Keith and Family
We send our prayers and condolence to you and your Family. As Betty will be greatly missed.
From: Judy and David Curtis
Betty will be missed by all. She was Judy's first cooking and sewing teacher. Loved by many. So sorry for your loss.
From: Del & Carol Worden
Condolences on the loss of Betty. She will be missed by many. May God bring you comfort and peace knowing she is herself at peace now. Take care of each other.
From: Barbi (Hallett)Sloat
To all the Davidson Girls! So sorry for Your loss of Both Parents!! The Community in Waverly and the Valley as a whole have loss two wonderful people!! Love and friendship to all!
From: FLO AMEY
MY FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR HEARTFELT SYMPATHY FOR THE DAVIDSON FAMILY
From: Shirley DiJoseph
From a USS Ronald Reagan friend, my heart goes out to you after the loss of your parents. Thinking of you and praying for peace in your heart and mind.
From: Evie Tyndell
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time Linda. May God's loving arms comfort you all at this time.
From: Alan Hollenbeck
Dear Lisa, Linda, Anne and Ellen,
My deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of your Mom and Dad.Your tributes to each of them was a wonderful expression of their dedication to each other and to all of you. They were two very wonderful people and I'm sure equally wonderful parents. Although it is difficult that they have passed on from this life, it is good that they are together in peace with God. My prayers and sympathy to you and your families.
From: Jon and Barb Lincoln
Dear Davidson girls. Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your loving parents. They are together again in a better place. May GOD comfort you tthis difficult time. Blessings, Barb and Jon