Rose-Marie Davidson, 87, passed away March 31, 2014 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL. She was born April 30, 1926 in New Rochelle, NY, the daughter of Ernest H. and Rose (Bormann) Vogel. She grew up in Larchmont, NY, Fairfield, CT and Fort Wayne, IN, where she graduated from South Side High School. She attended Indiana University and was a member of Alpha Chi sorority. She received her BFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. At Cranbrook she met her future husband, Robert Edwin Davidson, and they were married December 20, 1947. Robert's career as a painter and art professor took them to Oregon, Canada, western New York and Mexico, and they raised four children along the way. Rose-Marie's life revolved around her family, and she taught her children to appreciate art, books, and the natural world. In 1975 the family moved to Redington Beach, FL, so that Rose-Marie could care for her elderly mother. Rose-Marie loved animals of all kinds. When she lived in Redington Beach, she volunteered at the Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores. She was a familiar sight riding her bicycle around town and enjoyed walking on the beach early every morning. After her husband's death in 2000, she lived in Madeira Beach and Seminole before moving to her son's home in Palmetto, FL in 2006. She is survived by her four children, Owen Davidson of Amherst, MA, Andrea Farnham of Lebanon, NH, Robert Davidson of Palmetto, and Brian Davidson of Tampa, FL; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and eight nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and her brother Ernest. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Apr. 8, 2014