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Patricia M. (Stewart) Davidson (1929-2018)

FARMINGTON - Patricia M. (Stewart) Davidson of Farmington passed away on April 13, 2018 at the Pierce House where she had been a resident.

She was born in Halstead, Essex, England on Sept. 26, 1929 to Peter and Eva (Hull) Stewart. She was educated in the basic English school system in effect then, followed by advanced secretarial courses at St. Peter's Business College in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

On Nov. 8, 1952 in Needham Market, Suffolk, England she married Lloyd W. Davidson of Kingfield, who was then serving in the United States Air Force in the United Kingdom. She arrived in America in April 1954, subsequently working in secretarial and administrative assistant positions, first at Maine Dowel Corporation in Farminton, then Amos Abbott Woolen Mill in Dexter, Forster Manufacturing Company in Wilton, and finally at the University of Maine at Farmington from which she retired in 1997 following 27 challenging and happy years.

She is survived by a sister Heather Stewart of Salem, Oregon; nephews and nieces residing in California, Oregon, Vermont, and Virginia; and cousins in England. She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd, who died on Feb. 2, 2007; her parents; and sister Rosalie Stewart Lawrence.

At Pat's request there will be no services. Arrangements are under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. If desired donations in Pat's memory may be made to the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Road, Farmington, Maine 04938.

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  1. Pat was an interesting , wonderful lady. My students and I enjoyed every minute we had with her. Rest easy my friend. I bet you and Ruth are having tea together.

  2. So very sorry to hear this. I'm so sorry I did not stop and visit you more at the Pierce House. Rest in peace dear friend.

  3. Pat & Lloyd were my neighbors my entire childhood, treating me as one of their own. Such wonderful people. Think of them often. Prayers to the family.

  4. Pat had a unique sense of humor and was not afraid to sing out loud. She is sadly missed by her friends at the Pierce House. Rock on Pat, Rock on

  5. ‚ÄčThank you so much for these sweet comments, everyone. As Pat's niece and closest kin, it has been wonderful to have seen, through decades of regular visits with Pat, especially in these last few years, months and weeks, how cherished she was by her community. Her wonderful sense of humour, brilliant mind, fierce independence, strong opinions, and lifelong love of her dogs and cats (who were her children) were uniquely Pat. She was a one-of-a-kind woman who has been an inspiration to me my entire life, since my earliest memories during a childhood with every summer spent in Strong with her and Lloyd. Whether talking about the latest book she'd devoured in a day, her vociferous political views, or a story about her childhood in England, she was fascinating. She also had an amazing gift for song, as someone mentioned above. Only a few weeks before she passed, she broke into "Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green", which she knew verbatim and sang with her usual clear annunciation. The whole family is so thankful that she was able to keep her spirit up nearly until the end. That she was able to spend her final years in the loving care of the kind and diligent staff at the Pierce House has been a blessing to all of us. Though I invited her to come live with us in Vermont right after she became a widow, she replied in no uncertain terms, "Thank you but I am not leaving Maine!", which didn't surprise me at all. She adored Maine, which she instantly adopted as her new home after marrying Lloyd and immigrating from England in 1953, just as his parent's Julia and Mahlon of Kingfield, welcomed their new daughter-in-law into the family so warmly. Pat's entire family is so grateful to everyone who care for her and brought joy into her life over the years.Thank you from all of us. <3