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Florence M. (Giroux) Davidson

Florence M. (Giroux) Davidson, 100, longtime resident of Hodges Way, Ipswich, died Friday, May 31, 2013, in her home following her brief illness.

Born in Somerville August 2, 1912, daughter of the late Herbert and Cora (Vining) Giroux, she was raised in Somerville where she attended public schools. As a young woman she was employed as a telephone operator. Married in 1934, the Davidsons made their home for several years  in Somerville where they started their family. They later made their home in Stoneham settling in her late Ipswich home in 1959. Throughout these years she had been employed at Hardy’s Bakery in Stoneham and  later worked in the cafeteria in  the Ipswich School system from which she  retired in 1969. In retirement and until the age of ninety-two she was self employed as a babysitter lovingly caring for the children of many Ipswich families. She loved all children.

Mrs. Davidson was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Ipswich and the church’s Sunshine Club. 

She is survived by a daughter, Coralyn E. Davidson of Ipswich; a son, Robert J. Davidson of Sarasota, FL and his former wife Joanne Ferrati of N. Reading; seven grandchildren, Roberta Stratton and her husband James of Chelmsford, David P. Davidson of Portland, ME, Mark J. Davidson and his wife Diane of Holliston, Kevin C. Davidson and his wife Anne of Claremont, NH, Matthew Davidson of Orlando, FL, Derek J. Davidson of N. Reading, and Lisa B. Gilgan and her husband Rob of N. Easton; nine great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. She was the mother of the late Richard L. Davidson formerly of Ipswich and sister of the late Louis and Herbert Giroux.

Visiting hours will be 5 to 8 pm Monday, June 3, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102,  Danvers, MA 01923.

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