Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson
May 3, 1942 - December 12, 2010

Marie Davidson, age 68, passed away at peace and without pain in her home surrounded by family on December 12, 2010 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

...Born on May 3, 1942, in York County, Toronto, Ontario with no real roots of her own, Marie lived her life in service to others including her children and grandchildren; her many foster kids and their families; and thousands of BMX riders and Sea Cadets all over British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Marie had a special gift of being able to bring out the best in people through unconditional acceptance, genuine caring, and understanding. In her generous spirit, her heart and home were always open to anyone in need. Her fondness for all things in nature included a love for bears, her special friends the raccoons (Ricky’s), and most of all her cats, Ms. Pootie’s Friend and Mr. Luke.

Marie was known as Nan, Nanny, Nanny-Marie, Mom, Mammy, Wilma, Gree, Mare, Maria, Mary, and Queen Marie to family and friends. For the past 40 years, Marie served as a foster “mom” to more than 140 children. Since 1992, she has been instrumental in raising over $250,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital through annual ABA BMX Race for Life events. In her words, “it is all about kids helping kids”. Marie was an Honorary Member of the Branch 256 Legion; a director of the Navy League of Canada Nanaimo Branch; chairperson for the Canadian ABA BMX Tracks; and, President of the Nanaimo BMX Association. In recognition for her dedication and commitment, Marie received numerous awards. Most recently, she was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Society Service Award.

Marie is survived by her sons Michael (Katherine), Robert, and Joseph; and, five grandchildren, Jason, Brett, Ryan, James, and Trevor. She is further survived by two step grandchildren Jacqui and Elliot Wyman; her daughter-in-law Anna Davidson; and the many foster children and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 in the Auditorium at the Beban Park Community Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC.

A memorial fund has been established in her name with the BC Children's’ Hospital. Donations can be made online www.bcchf.ca or your gift can be mailed to: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, c/o Tribute Program, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4.

We would like to thank the staff of the VIHA Community Nurses & Home Care and the Red Cross for enabling us to fulfill Marie’s desire to remain at home. Heartfelt thanks to Jan McIntyre, Home Care Nurse, for her compassionate care.

“The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.”
John Allston

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