Frances Ann Davidson
Frances Ann Durham was born Oct. 29, 1929 in the hills of Hazard, Ky. Frances was adopted by Dr. Franklin Alexander and Kathleen B. Durham and grew up at their home on 1227 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Ky.
She was baptized as a child and she attended Kentucky Home School for Girls and had fond memories as a lifeguard, trips to the horse farms of Lexington, Ky., and even getting to sit on the famous stallion, Man o’ War.
She and her good friend Clair skipped school one day and went to the Mall and that is when Frances met a handsome soldier and her future Husband, Wayne Alan Davidson.
Frances and Wayne were married in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 18, 1947 and made a farmhouse northwest of Lamar, Neb., their home. They quickly made Thoroughbred race horses a part of their lives. As a team, Frances loved foaling and caring for the broodmares and foals and Wayne would do the conditioning and training.
As they expanded their farm south of Lamar they also started their family. To this marriage were born three daughters, Nancy, Jane and Linda.
The family spent every summer racing their Thoroughbreds at AK-SAR-BEN in Omaha and Centennial Race track in Denver. They were blessed with several successful race horses. They were most proud of their daughters’ success through Linda’s training and Jane and Mike’s Thoroughbred foals.
In addition to her love for horses, Frances was known as a classy lady with a big heart and a great affection for Elvis. She enjoyed raising flowers, especially roses, cooking for her family and creating a beautiful table and meal for Thanksgiving dinners, decorating her home, interior decorating and visiting with people.
Frances knew no stranger and enjoyed volunteering wherever she was needed.
Frances was so proud of her three grandchildren Brianna, Eric and wife Lindsay and Blake and wife Darcy. She treasured visits from her three great-grandchildren Hunter, Bennett and new great-granddaughter Raegan.
Frances went to see Jesus and those who preceded her in death: daughter Nancy; parents Franklin A. and Kathleen B. Durham; husband Wayne A. Davidson; and many friends on Dec. 4, 2017.
Chapel services and celebration were held at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial, Neb. on Dec. 5, 2017.
Memorials have been established to Imperial Manor.
Liewer Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.