Ruth Ester Davidson, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and community member, died September 6, 2016, in Sundance, WY. She was 4 days short of her 92nd birthday.
Ruth was born September 10, 1924 to Ole N. and Allegra V. (Nemetz) Lee. She was born on her father’s homestead on Strawberry Hill west of Seeley, WY, about ten miles north of Hulett, WY. She grew up an only child, and was very active with her parents tending the land and caring for their animals. Ruth graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1943, and subsequently from the National College of Business in Rapid City, SD. After graduation she worked at the Puget Sound Navel Ship Yard. Upon returning to the area she worked at the Butte County Treasurers Office in Belle Fourche, SD until her marriage. Upon his return from World War II, Ruth married Stanley E. Davidson, in Broadus, MT on June 14, 1946. The couple was introduced years prior by Stanley’s sister-in-law who was also Ruth’s aunt. They eventually made their home in Sundance and were blessed with two sons, Larry and Keith. She worked many years in the Crook County Clerk’s office, serving eight years as the Deputy County Clerk, and eight more as Crook County Clerk. The Davidsons retired to the family ranch near Hulett in 1992.
The Roy Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80, of Hulett, was honored to have Ruth as a seventy-three-year member, over twenty of which she served as treasurer and membership chairman. In addition to her commitment and service to the Auxiliary, Ruth took pleasure in crocheting and needlework of all sorts. Over the years she made numerous items of clothing, afghans, and other gifts for family members and friends. Since moving to Hulett, the Davidsons have also been steadfast supporters and members of the community senior center. Ruth is survived by her husband of seventy years, Stanley; her son, Keith (Kathy) of Sheridan, WY; granddaughter, Julie (Stuart) Greer of Sheridan; grandson, Todd (Catherine Lemay) and great-grandchildren, Juliette and Louis Davidson of Snoqualmie, WA; twin granddaughters, Andrea Davidson (Eric Maichak) of Vallejo, CA and Heidi Davidson; and great-grandson, Rhys Stanley of Sheridan. She is also survived by step-granddaughter, Brandy (Mike) Fox and great-granddaughters, Lily and Quinn of Ballwin, MO, and numerous other nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Allegra Lee; her son Larry and step-grandson, Alec Olson.
A memorial service will be held in Ruth’s honor at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 22, at the Hulett Civic Center “76”, 76 Main St, Hulett, WY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roy Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80 or the Hulett Senior Citizens Program.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com