November 14, 2018
The funeral service for Clare C. Davidson, 85, of Ipswich was at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Gramm Funeral Home, 720 N. 6th Street in Ipswich. Burial was in the Ipswich City Cemetery.
Clare was born in a house overlooking Pickeral Lake near Grenville. She was raised in Waubay and attended school there, graduating from Waubay High School in 1951.
She met the love of her life, Neil Davidson, of Bristol, and the two were married a short time after. They made their home in a trailer house behind his family's service station, Davidson Oil, in Bristol. Being an adventurous young couple they left Bristol and headed to California. As the two grew their family, they went back and forth between California and South Dakota many times.
In 1964, they settled in Aberdeen. She embarked on a long career in the healthcare field. First in medical records at Dakota Midland Hospital and eventually as a social services worker at Bethesda Home and for the State of South Dakota. They moved to Ipswich in 1994. Neil died in 1995 and she continued to make Ipswich her home.
She enjoyed rummage sales, yard work, spending time at her cabin at Richmond Lake, and finding unique items at antique stores.
Clare spent the last two years of her life at Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen where she was lovingly cared for by a staff of caregivers that her family is so thankful for. In all of her struggles, she never lost the focus of her soul which was expressing her love of her children above all else.
Clare died Monday, November 5, 2018 at Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen.
She is survived by her sons, Greg (Ginger) Davidson of Aberdeen, Calvin (Mary) Davidson of Aberdeen, Bill Davidson of Ipswich; her daughter, Susan (Mark) Rumrey of Aberdeen; her brother, Frank (LaVonne) Scepaniak of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Schuck, Larry Schuck, April Schaeffer, Jenny Davidson, Jon Davidson, David Schuck, Natalie Davidson, Cody Rumrey; and 11 great-grandchildren, Tyler Schaeffer, Bailey Schaeffer, Morgan Davidson, Ryan Davidson, Mason Davidson, Isabel Camacho-Davidson, Ethan Reasy, Emily Schuck, James Schuck, Aliah Davidson, Tyler Davidson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gertrude Scepaniak; husband, Neil; brother, Ted; sisters, Lucy and Helen; great-granddaughter, Shylynn Reasy and great-grandson, Evan Odde.
Arrangements by Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich. Online obituary at grammfuneralhome.com .