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Shirley Beard Davidson

 
November 20, 1924 - March 22, 2015
 

Shirley Beard Davidson, 90, of Springfield, died at 10:35 am, Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg. She was born November 20, 1924 in Greenview, to Dr. Willis and Anna Tomlin Beard. She married Dr. John A. “Doc” Davidson on August 8, 1953 and he preceded her in death on August 21, 2012.
Survivors include two daughters, Anne E. Davidson of Springfield and Jane Marie (Dan) Seibert of Shelbyville; one son, John Irving (Pamela) Davidson of Greenview; six grandchildren Anna P & John C. Davidson, Laura Marie Seibert, Anne E. (Rob) McFarland, William J. and Stephen M. Hess; one great grandson, Finn McFarland, many nieces, nephews and cousins and many great and great great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; an infant son, John Homer Davidson; one brother Irving T. Beard; one sister Kathryn Beard Ewers; one niece, Linda Tice and one nephew, William Beard.
Shirley was a member of First United Methodist Church in Springfield and a member of the IBT Sunday School Class for over 60 years. She was past president of the Dana Thomas House Foundation. She was editor of the church newspaper for twelve years and was a Girl Scout leader and trainer for 21 years. She was past president of the Springfield Ballet Company. She was appointed by Governor Jim Thompson to the 1999 World’s Fair bid committee as the board member in charge of all the World Arts.
She retired in 1954 from the Illinois State Police where she was a secretary to the Assistant Chief of Police. After retirement she was a full time homemaker.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10 a.m., Friday March 27, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Philip Chiles officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Springfield Ballet Company.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time: 04:00 pm

End Time: 07:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

Service Information

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg


Memorial Information

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Springfield Ballet Company.


Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time: 04:00 pm

End Time: 07:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

Service Information

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg


Memorial Information

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Springfield Ballet Company.


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