IDA ELLAREA DAVISON
Ida Ellarea Davison, daughter of Oral and Edith Beary Warren was born Oct. 23, 1933, in Wayne County, Iowa, and departed this life at Hospice of the Valley-The Ryan House, Phoenix, Ariz., on June 26, 2013.
Ellarea attended Millerton Schools through the eleventh grade. For her senior year, she transferred to Corydon High School to graduate in 1952.
After attending Northeast State College for a short time, she worked for Representative Oscar Stephenson as his secretary in the Iowa House of Representatives for the 1953 Iowa Legislation session.
Upon returning home from the state house, she was employed by Corydon Sate Bank. On Sept. 11, 1953, Ellarea married J.C. Davison. She continued to work at the bank until J. C. was inducted into the U. S. Army. They then lived in Fort Smith, Ark., near the Fort Chaffee army base. Ellarea was employed at the First National Bank in Fort Smith during J.C.’s military service.
In March 1958, she returned to Corydon State Bank, after J. C. was discharged from active duty.
To this union three children were born, Laura, Lisa and Matthew. Ellarea spent considerable time supporting her children in their activities, which she enjoyed very much.
Ellarea was very active in the United Methodist Church, Preceptor Alpha Sigma Sorority, P.E.O., Prairie Trails Museum as officer and board member and hospital auxiliary. It was her philosophy to help wherever she was needed.
Ellarea was a gifted gardener. She especially enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens while living on the Morgan farm outside Corydon, which she and J.C. purchased in 1995. She was active in golf and always enjoyed reading a good mystery book.
Ellarea and J. C. moved to Payson, Ariz., in October 2005 to be near their children and families. They took many scenic trips throughout Arizona and she especially enjoyed a trip to see the hummingbird migration.
Her parents; sister, Geraldine Coates and brothers, Warner B. and Clell Warren, preceded her in death.
Ellarea is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, J.C.; daughters, Laura and husband James Tedeschi of Scottsdale, Ariz., and daughter, Lisa and husband, David McCalmont of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Matthew and wife, Debra of Glendale, Ariz.; granddaughters, Candace and Lily McCalmont, Maya and Jenna Tedeschi, Mirabella Andreini and Cecilia (CeCe) E. A. Davison; grandsons, Saxon and Peter Davison; sister, Mary Lou and husband, Larry Sturgis of Lamoni; sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Russell) Copley of Ankeny and Marilyn Johns of Springfield, Mo.; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Ellarea will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Funeral services were held July 2 at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with Pastor Diane Olson Schroeder officiating.
Musical selections were “How Great Thou Art” and “ Amazing Grace” with musicians Angie and Kevin Hydorn.
Casket bearers were Dick Warren, Todd Sturgis, David Snider, Charles Carpenter, Andy Warren, David Cusic, Jeff Frame and Richard Darrah.
Interment was in the Corydon Cemetery.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.