Winifred Eileen Davidson, 88, of Ashton, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Ashton Living Center of causes incident to age.
She was born Nov. 16, 1923, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Cyrus Calvin and Mary Orebaugh Booth Davidson.
Her family moved to Ashton in 1931, where her father became a full-time farmer. Eileen graduated from Ashton High School in 1940. After graduating, she worked in Rexburg briefly before going to Seattle to join the war effort with Boeing Industries.
She married Lawrence House in 1944, and they returned to Idaho after the war to raise their family. They were later divorced.
In 1954, Eileen went to work for the Idaho State Highway Department and then for AEC as she raised her children. While working, she was awarded the Business Woman of the Year.
After her children were grown, she returned to the Seattle area and lived there until her children helped her move to Chubbuck, Idaho, in 1994. She resided there until moving back to Ashton in 2009.
She provided a "safe house" while living in Seattle for abused and battered women and children, which was a special concern of hers. She volunteered with Aid for Friends as well as the domestic violence group while living in Pocatello.
She loved great literature, classical music, was an avid gardener and loved to entertain. She loved her children, siblings and many nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong Christian and a member of the Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her children, David (Emily) House of Brooklyn, N.Y., Toni Kingsley of Seattle, Paul (Leslie) House of Salt Lake City and Carol (Mike) Rasmussen of Ashton; siblings, Elizabeth Morgan of Salmon, Ed (Ellen) Davidson of Salt Lake City, John (Vicky) Davidson of Idaho Falls, Bill (Jean) Davidson and Paula (Gene) Christiansen of Pocatello; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jim Davidson; a grandson, Michael Reynolds; and a son-in-law, Don Kingsley.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Ashton Christian Fellowship, 784 Baker Road, with Pastor Rich Laux officiating.