Nora Lavon Davidson

Nora “Mommy” Lavon Davidson, 94, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and Super-Nana (great-grandmother), passed away on March 29, 2014 with her youngest son, Roy Davidson, and his daughter, Tresea.

Nora was born on Oct. 6, 1919, in Gilmer County, W.Va., daughter of the late Julia (Cooper) Ellyson and Lee Ellyson. On Dec. 22, 1935, she married Fred Davidson. She and Fred “Pop” raised four children, and enjoyed 53 years together before he passed away in 1988. Mommy and Pop loved going for Sunday drives and growing huge gardens. Family was very important to both of them and frequently gathered at their home in Glenville.

Nora was employed at Rubber Fabricators in Grantsville, W.Va., for many years and enjoyed telling stories about working on the most challenging production lines. She was especially proud of building the inflatable rafts and “May West” life jackets they provided for the U.S. military. She retired from Glenville State College, where she took care of Clark Hall and “her girls” in Pickens Hall. Students, staff, and faculty alike affectionately called her “Mommy Davidson,” too.

Nora was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenville, W.Va., and the First Baptist Church of Williamstown, where she enjoyed attending services and senior adult luncheons.

She is survived by her daughter, Nora Jean Dye (Everett), of Glenville, W.Va.; her son, Delbert Lee Davidson and his wife, Louise, of Glenville, her daughter-in-law, Oleta Davidson Robinson and her husband, Steve, of Marietta; granddaughters, Lou E. Tillson, Ph.D. and her husband, John, of Benton, Ky., Ramona A. Dagostine, M.D. and her husband, Tim, of Charleston, W.Va., Lisa McDonald and her husband, Ryan, of Monmouth, Maine, Connie Harbaugh and her husband, Dan, of Bridgeport, W.Va. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jessica Tillson, Drew and Christian Dagostine, Cody and Andrea McDonald, and Brett and Julia Harbaugh.

In addition to her husband, Nora was preceded in death by her son, Raymond; daughter-in-law, Janet Burrows Davidson; great-grandson, Luke Davidson Dagostine; great-granddaughter, Alexis Marie McDonald; and a young sister, Wilma Ellyson.

A celebration of her life will be held in the sanctuary of Williamstown First Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday (April 19) with the Rev. David Easter, officiating. A reception will follow downstairs in The Multi-Purpose Room.

Memorial donations may be made to the Williamstown First Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry, P.O. Box 38, Williamstown, W.Va., 26187.

Arrangements are being handled by Hadley Funeral Home in Marietta. Online condolences may be made at