Ava Jean Davidson, age 88, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena, Arkansas.
She was born on March 28, 1927 at Yocana, Polk County, Arkansas. She grew up in the Opal-Big Fork area. Her parents were William Arnold Bates and Cynthia Dilbeck Bates of Big Fork, Arkansas. Ava married Harold N. Davidson on June 25, 1948 in Mena, Arkansas
She has been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1952. She loved studying and talking about the Bible and was very firm in her faith. She also loved homemaking, gardening, cooking, reading, and music. Her family remembers her as the one that kept them laughing. She was a wonderful, caring, fun-loving mother. She dearly loved all of her family.
She is survived by, daughter, Billie Mattern and husband Dale; brother, Dale Bates and wife Marylou; sister, Pat Harrison; and two nephews, and five nieces, and many other relatives and good friends.
Memorial will be set at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial can be made to Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab and The Oaks of Mena.
Mrs. Davidson was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.