MARGARET JANE DAVIS Margaret Jane Davis born May l9, 1914 unexpectedly passed on April 27, 2014 in Orland. Margaret was born in Cloverdale, California to Charles and Sadie Murray. Margaret had four brothers, Charles, Bill, Tom and Stanley who predeceased her. Tom, Bill and Charles all made their home in Orland. Margaret is survived by her son, Robert L. Benson, daughter-in-law, Lois Benson, nieces, nephews and sister-in-law, Freda Murray. Margaret attended Petaluma High School being active in sports, especially tennis and swimming. Margaret graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1935 having obtained a teaching credential. In that same year she married Louis Benson in Petaluma where their only son, Robert, was born. In 1941 the family moved to Orland. Louis became ill and died in 1949 having been Office Manager for 'Poultry Producers' in Orland. In 1950 she and Dick Davis met and were happily married until his death in 1981. They enjoyed traveling and entertaining. Margaret and Dick were active in the First Christian Church in Orland for many years and until the day she died she attended Church. Margaret taught for twenty-five years at C.K. Price School in Orland, specializing in Art and Social Studies. She traveled to Europe and Mexico during her teaching career. Margaret had several successful art shows. She especially loved gardening and entertaining. She was active in the Retired Teachers Association. In 2007 Margaret was inducted into the Orland Educators Hall of Fame. She enjoyed receiving many letters and contact from her former students even in her nineties. After retiring from teaching she obtained her Real Estate License and worked with Aileen Porter for twenty-five years retiring in 1992. Margaret was always a positive thinker and a joy to be around. She was very active until her sudden death. She was looking forward to a celebration of her 100th birthday and joining the Over 100 Club. She died suddenly just twenty-three days short of being 100. She will be missed.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 14, 2014