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COOPERSTOWN — Elizabeth Davidson, 91, of Cooperstown, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2014, at Otsego Manor.
Betty was born in New York City on Feb. 9, 1923, the daughter of Willard James Davidson — a native of Cooperstown — and Ruth (Sutton) Davidson, who was from Slate Hill in Orange County.
At the age of six months, Betty and her parents moved to Cooperstown, where she graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1940. She then went to the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in New York City where she trained for three years to become a registered nurse. After that she attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Bachelor of Science degree and stayed on as part of the nursing school faculty. A person committed to education — her own as well as others — she later became associated with Boston University, as well as Hartwick College in Oneonta.
Since 1941, Betty was affiliated with the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Following a long and distinguished career which culminated in her being the discharge planning coordinator, she retired in 1985.
A person of deep faith, Betty was a member for many years of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown. She was also involved in her community, taking classes through the Center for Continuing Adult Learning, attending concerts and community dinners.
Betty will be fondly remembered for her stateliness, strength, great competence as a nurse, as well as her pragmatic, self-sufficient and independent nature.
Betty is survived by several cousins and friends.
A graveside service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Fly Creek, with the Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, and the Rev. Betsy Jay, Chaplain at Bassett Medical Center, officiating.
For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Betty, please consider Friends of Bassett, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  August 14, 2014
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