Mary Lena Daws Lavin

From: McLeansboro Times, August 10, 1922


          On Saturday afternoon, August 5, the spirit of Mrs. Elizabeth Davison departed this earthly tabernacle and her loved ones, and passed to her eternal reward.  She was the daughter of Rev. Charles and Catharine Coker, born in Hamilton County, Illinois, only a short distance west of McLeansboro in the year 1842.  Her father, the Rev. Charles Coker was one of the pioneer Methodist preachers of Southern Illinois, a well educated man of strong and forceful character living his convictions thoroughly in the home and preaching them forcefully to the early inhabitants of Southern Illinois.  Under such an influence Mrs. Davison was born and grew to womanhood.  When she was only ten years of age she was converted and united with Methodist Episcopal Church of McLeansboro and since that day, for seventy years she has been a faithful and acceptable member of that church.  Just about the beginning of the Civil War, she was married to Albert Duncan who joined the Union army and was killed in a skirmish near Shawneetown about three months later.

          Later she was married to W. W. Davison, with whom she lived happily until his death July 1, 1913.  To this union five children were born, two sons and three daughters.  One son and one daughter preceeded her in death.  The children surviving her are, Dr. W. D. Davison of Gordon, Arkansas; two daughters, Mrs. Samuel Williams of Webster Grove, Mo. and Mrs. Shadrach Wilson of Rutherford, Tenn.  Besides these children she leaves seven grand children and one great grand child and many friends and relatives.

          Mrs. Davison lived a consistent life, she was charitable and always ready to help those in need.  At one time she cared for five orphan children in her home.

          During her last illness her mind was clear and she talked to her friends.  She had no fear of death.  It had no terrors for her.  During her last hours she rehearsed and sang over again the old hymns of the Methodist Hymnal.  Rock of Ages cleft for me, Nearer my God to thee, and other of the old songs she learned in her childhood.

          Funeral service by Rev. W. E. Bennett at M. E. Church Monday, and interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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