Laura Jeannette"Jeanne" Carruthers Davidson, 96, of State College, peacefully passed to new life with family members by her side at her home on Feb. 9, 2018.
Born Jan. 28, 1922, to Glenn and Mary Carruthers, she had a deep gratitude for the military and proudly danced with soldiers at the USO before they were deployed during World War II. Especially fond of the Marines, many days were spent at the local station wishing young men well as they boarded the trains for their assigned destinations. On the home front, she and her mother served by spotting and recording the planes that flew overhead. She lost many friends and family members during World War II and often lamented the hardships faced by veterans.
A graduate of Grove City High School and Grove City College, she was an executive secretary at Beaumont Hospital in El Paso where German prisoners of war were held. While dining in Juarez, Mexico, she met Norman H.C. ("Hoobie") Davidson of Peterborough, N.H., who was stationed at Fort Bliss. They were married in 1945, and enjoyed 63 years together, including four children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Affectionately known as "Monnie," Laura was a wonderful homemaker who opened her heart and home to many, including friends of her children and grandchildren, exchange students and members of visiting choirs and marching bands. In addition, she volunteered her time to support her children's activities, the Clearfield Hospital and the communities of Curwensville and State College.
Selfless, playful and easy to laugh, she was quick to gently correct one's grammar, yet feisty to the very end. Although she lived a long life, she never grew old.
Laura's husband; son, John; parents; and siblings, Jack, Ted and Lee (Carson); as well as daughter-in-law, Cathy, preceded her in death.
She is survived by three children, Peter Davidson, of Glenshaw; Gary (Judi) Davidson of Hollidaysburg; and Diane (Bruce) Jankura of State College; as well as grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
She is deeply missed by all.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the Navajo.
Laura Jeannette "Jeanne" Caruthers, 96, of State College.
Calling hours: None.
Service: Celebration of life service will be held in her childhood home in Grove City.
Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Published on February 15, 2018