Trinidad Elena Davidson, known by her friends as Martha died suddenly on January 29th, 2013. She joined her Lord and beloved husband, Lumen V. Davidson.
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Trinidad was born in Arraijan, Panama on April 27, 1922 in the family home to Anton Agustin Rodriguez and Atanasia Vargas. Being one of eleven children, she helped raise her younger siblings.
Trinidad attended school in Arraijan and worked in the family businesses including a meat market and cantina.
During WW II, she met the love of her life, Lumen, who was serving in the US Army as a military police officer. They were married on June 9, 1945 in Panama City and called Arraijan home. Upon ending service to our country, they moved to rural Mount Vernon, to settle down and start a family.
Mom worked hard to support the family and help dad while he worked and attended business school.
In 1946 Dale was welcomed to the family, Cheryl in 1948, and Gregg in 1956. Life included hard work, outdoor family camping and a strong church life. Mom and dad were committed to making life better for their children. Mom was very active at First Lutheran Church, serving on the alter guild, First Lutheran Church Women Group and many other church activities. She was a member of the Skagit Valley Hospital Guild and a member of the Elks Club.
Mom enjoyed dancing to her last days. Mom was also an active member of the Skagit County China Painters, a hobby she enjoyed immensely. Yard work and pride in her spring flowers was an important focus. When she was done with her yard, she would take care of ours.
Family and social life revolved around the dining room table. Mom loved to entertain and decorate for all special occasions. Traveling to visit friends and family was common to Minnesota, Panama and California. Mom has a very large family in Panama who embraced her arrival with continuous visits and parties. Panamanian music made for the best dancing. Family fishing trips to the mountains of British Columbia was an annual tradition as was tailgating at Husky football games. Close friends were visited frequently for coffee and desert also annual family picnics and Christmas tree cutting in the Cascades and many ongoing outings.
In 1970 mom became a grandmother which became a major focus of her life. Baby sitting, creating "outings" and arts and crafts were common activities. She even embraced Norwegian traditions, including cooking lutefisk. Moms love of family, life and God are her legacy.
Mom is survived by her children, Dale Peter and Patricia Davidson, Cheryl Ann and Dennis Pratt and Gregg Agustin and Lea Davidson; grandchildren are Anthony Martin Pratt, Angela Marie Pederson (Jake), Tricia Renguul (Jay), Jacob Bujacich Davidson, Joshua Bujacich Davidson and Mataja Rose Davidson; great-grandchildren are Veronica and Olivia Pratt, Madison, Elly and Izzy Pederson. Also surviving are her sister Olga Olson in California; two brothers in Panama, Arnulfo (wife, Marie Elena) and Ciroli; her sister-in-law Opal Reim; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews locally and in Panama.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers and sisters, Reimundo, Thelma, Armondo, Terristocles, Odilia, Carmen and Cenon.
Our deep thanks goes to Sue Holmes for your kind care of mom and her wonderful doctors and caregivers. There are in the end, three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13. We love you mom.
Memorials can be made to First Lutheran Church, 2015 Blackburn Mount Vernon and Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation/Oncology Fund, P.O. Box 1376, Mount Vernon.
Viewing will be held Friday, February 1, 2013 from 12:00 noon till 7:00 pm at Kern Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
The funeral service will be on Saturday, February 2nd at 11:00 am at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mount Vernon.
You may share your memories of Martha and sign her online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
Kern Funeral Home
1122 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2013