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Mary Lou Davison

March 6, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Mary Lou Davison, born Mary Lewis Adams of Webster NY. She was born in Newport News, Virginia, January 22, 1932, died January 28, 2014 unexpectedly. She is survived by her husband, John E. Davison of Webster, daughter Jeanne A. Davison of Rochester, son Brian H. Davison of Knoxville, TN, grandsons John and Jim Davison and daughter-in-law Beth Davison of Lakeville, NY. She was preceeded in death by her parents Henry Louis Adams and Jeanne Dalgleish Shankland Adams and her son David J. Davison.

In Westfield, she first became an advocate for Conservation and the Environment. Astonished by the "Lake Erie Is Dead!" slogan and brought into activity by the Association of University Women's study of "Our Beleaguered Earth" she became involved in the Chautauqua County Conservation organization and the unsuccessful campaign to stop the building of a bridge across Chautauqua Lake. She was secretary of the conservation organization and president of AAUW. She worked as a member and as president of the Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in the hospital's successful battle to keep NYS from closing the 32-bed hospital. Trained in Journalism and holding a Bachelor's Degree with honors from Pennsylvania State University. She began as a copy writer and on-air women's voice for a radio station in her hometown of Newport News, Virginia. Veering from her normal career path, she was the Director of Christian Education for the Westfield (NY) Presbyterian Church, explaining, "I took time out to be a publicist for God." She edited the 125th year anniversary edition of the Westfield Republican. After that she was editor for the paper, a position which she held until moving to Webster in 1985.

Her last employment in Webster was for Beechwood Software Co. Her memorial service was on Feb. 1 at Webster Presbyterian Church. Donations may be made in her memory to the Seneca Park Zoo Society or to the Alzheimer's Association

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