Phyllis Veronica Davidson
Aug. 30, 1905 Ð May 7, 2003
Phyllis Davidson “Cummins” was born on August 20, 1905, in Cedar Point, Kansas, USA. Her family moved to B.C. when she was three months old, traveling by train to Mission and then by boat back down the Fraser River to Shellac. When she was 13, the family moved to Victoria. Phyllis completed high school and then attended Normal School, the teacher training programme.
Her first teaching job was in the West Kootenays at Galena Bay, a one-room school where she taught for three years. In 1926, Phyllis took a job in the Bulkley Valley at Evelyn, a one-room school with seven grades and 21 students.
Phyllis married Percy Davidson in June 1926. They settled in Smithers where she resided until her passing. Phyllis returned to teaching in 1957 after attending a UBC Summer institute. She taught Grade 1 at Muheim and Walnut Park Schools. She retired from teaching in 1972.
Phyllis was always active in the community. She dedicated time to the Anglican Church and served on the first District School Board, the RedCross, the Bulkley Senior Citizens’ Society and B.V. District Hospital Auxiliary. Since 1949 she was a member of the Fall Fair Board.
Predeceased by husband Percy Davidson and grandson Gordon Davidson.
Lovingly remembered by her children:
Phyllis Woodard (Lane)
Jim Davidson (Beth)
Dwayne Woodard (Billie)
Bob Davidson (Judy)
John Davidson (Emily)
Paul Davidson (Alice)
Frances Taylor (Mike)
In memory of Phyllis, the family requests donations to the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair in care of the Credit Union.