Grace Jean (Frisby) Davidson

Grace Jean (Frisby) Davidson



Grace Jean (Frisby) Davidson, 90, Overland Park, Kansas passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at a healthcare facility in Overland Park, Kansas.

She was born July 9, 1922 to Jackson C. and Gladys (Selby) Frisby in Bethany, Missouri.

Grace Jean attended district county schools and graduated from Bethany High School and Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri. She taught thirty-one years in schools in Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois.

Grace married Dale C. Davidson on May 23, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri. He preceded her in death on August 11, 2002.

While living in Kansas City, Missouri, she worked in the offices of Locke Stove Company and Sinclair Coal Company, taught four years in Raytown (a suburb of Kansas City), and was a proof reader for a publishing company. After they welcomed a baby daughter, work and teaching were “on hold” for a few years. Wilson and Company transferred them to Denver, Colorado, then Chicago, Illinois. Dale retired from his position in 1988, and, at the end of the school year, they sold their home in suburban Chicago and made their way to St. Joseph, Missouri.

She was a former member of the American Association of University Women and an honorary speech society. Grace was also a member of the Church of Christ, where she taught children’s Bible classes and women’s Bible classes most of her adult life.

Grace was also preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Kathleen Frisby and Lucile Longfellow.

Survivors: daughter, Janet Davidson; grandson, David Davidson; brother, James C. Frisby(Hazel); sister, Louise Thomas; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Services:  10:00 A.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Diabetes Association and Autism Society. Online guest book and obituary at

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Messages of Condolence

  1. Alice Dexter says:

    Janet & David. Just a note to let you know I am thinking of you, and am sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Alice

  2. Mary Jean Bozarth says:

    Thinking of you. I did enjoy talking with Grace while I did her hair. She never complained and I know that she was hurting most of the time.
    Most Sincerely,
    Mary Jean

  3. Norman Fultz says:

    I first met the Davidsons, Grace, her husband, Dale, and young daughter Janet, in suburban Chicago when I preached a series of lessons with the church at Crestwood many years ago. Had a dinner in their home that week. They later worshiped with Lockport, IL church when I did a meeting there. Still later they moved to St. Joseph, MO where they were members of County Line church before Dale’s passing nearly eleven years back. Again, during a series of gospel meeting, my wife and I had the pleasure of dining with them. Sometime after Dale’s death Grace went to live with her brother and sister-in-law in Columbia and worshiped at Hallsville until her physical stamina was so abated that they could not adequately care for her. Again at Hallsville I was privileged to conduct a series of meetings and during that week it was my pleasure to be in their home for a meal. (Seems like all of my memories of Grace have to do with food. Well, that’s not all bad–-sharing a meal with ones held dearly is a delightful pleasure. No, the food was incidental to what we had in common, interest in and faithful service to Christ Jesus.) After going to the assisted living center in Overland Park to be near Janet and grandson David, I’ve gotten to visit with her several times. She always greeted me with a beaming smile and though our visits were not long, they were most pleasant. And I noticed in all those visits that Grace had a book or two that she was reading lying near by. Keeping her mind sharp. She never complained to me about the surroundings nor the care she was receiving. To the contrary, she always seemed up-beat and positive in her outlook. She was a true lady, and if my appraisal is right, a genuine Christian. This old world could use a great big bunch more like her.

  4. Gloria Hicks says:

    At this most difficult time, know that
    God cares; he says..I have heard your prayers. I have seen your tears–2Kings 20:5. May the wonderful memories you all shared bring you a measure of peace and joy in the days to come.

  5. Wayne and Michele Brown says:

    Janet and David,
    I only have very fond memories of Aunt Grace. I always looked forward to getting a card from her since we shared the same birthday. Our condolences to both you and David.

  6. Alan and Dianna Davidson says:

    Janet, I’m sure you barely remember us, but wanted you to know our thoughts are with you at this time. Alan was Dale and Grace’s Nephew and Mildred was Alan’s Mom. I’m certain you remember them. Remember the wonderful times you’ve had with your parents and that will get you through the tough times.

  7. Helen Jean (Toel) Nally says:

    I did not know Grace well but Louise was in my high school class at Bethany in 1945 and of course I remember her well. I would like to make contact with Louise if possible after all these years. It is always hard for a family to lose a loved one but it does help to know that they are being thought of. Sincerely, Helen Nally

  8. George and Lorraine Lesan says:

    Always enjoyed visiting with Grace and Dale when they lived in St. Joe.

  9. John Stanek. son of Helen Stanek (passed 7/19/13) says:

    A long time and good friend of Helen Stanek, Grace Jean will be greatly missed. We, the Stanek family, are very sorry to hear of your loss.

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