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Patricia Shillings Davidson

Memphis, TN

Patricia Shillings Davidson, after a long and wonderfully happy life, died on Thursday, August 3rd in her Memphis home. She was the daughter of Alger and Hildor Nustad Shillings and grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She was a graduate of Ward-Belmont in Nashville and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 1949 she married Alan Davidson, a Naval Academy graduate and submariner. They and their growing family made homes in New London, CT; Norfolk, VA; Annapolis, MD; and Ames, Iowa. After Cdr. Davidson retired, they moved to Memphis.

Her main interests were gardening, cooking for family and friends, reading and music. She also loved to travel to hear her favorite performers and visited the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario several times. As a lifelong learner she studied annually at Rhodes College Meeman Center. She was an active member of her church and the community through several clubs and organizations.

She leaves, with great regret, her friends up North and down South, her two cats, her home and her children: Ellen Davidson and her daughter Kate and her father David Wells; Thomas Davidson and his wife, Marilyn Mars; John Davidson and his son Ben and his wife Emily Abercrombie Davidson, daughter Emily Davidson Sayers and her husband Chris, and daughter Tinsley Davidson Shedd and her husband Patterson and their mother Eleanor Barnard Hutchinson; Julie Davidson Barton and her husband Keith and their son John and his wife Carolyn; Sara Davidson Wellford, her daughter Caroline and her son Jack and their father, Buckner Wellford; and eight delightful great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, her brother Alger Shillings and his wife, Dori.

Services will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 3: 00 with a reception following in the Great Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MIFA or the Church Health Center or the .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 6, 2017
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