Velma Davidson passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Eagle River.
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She was born Velma Vivian Maze on Jan. 10, 1913 in near Uncas, Okla., to Archie and Minnie Maze. She had 6 brothers and 5 sisters. Velma married James Daniel Franklin Davidson (Frank, the One Man Chamber of Commerce) on June 20, 1936. They had 7 children, Blanche Teutsch of Wasilla, Joyce Dean of Redlands, Calif., Daniel Davidson of Cabazon, Calif., William Davidson of Hope, DMae Binkley of Fairbanks, Melodee Monson of Anchorage, and Robert Davidson of Hope.
Velma and Frank lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, California, and moved to Hope, Alaska in 1965. Velma ran a café and bar, and later a liquor store and gas station in Hope until she was 95 years old. In her retirement years she lived at Scott Manor, an assisted living home in Eagle River, under the care of Lydia Guerrero.
Velma was a member of the Denali Chapter 16 of the Order of the Eastern Star and was beloved by all her Star brothers and sisters.
She is survived by all her children; son-in-law, Chris Dean; and daughters-in-law, Connie Wood, Frankie Davidson and Shelly Davidson. She is also survived by two of her sisters, Irma Jean Parks and Betty Hinton; grand-children Gwendolynne Brosh, Elizabeth Rose, Wendee Gilchrist, Clayton Davidson, Scott Binkley, Emilee Monson, Daniel Monson, Erik Davidson, and Dean Davidson; and 10 great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Velma will be buried in Hope next to Frank.
Donations can be made in Velma's memory to Providence Hospice.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 26, 2013