Former Soldotna resident Melissa Ann Davidson died Sunday, March 28, 2004, in a plane crash in the Cascades near Salem, Ore. She was 24.
A memorial service was held Monday, April 5, at Salem Evangelical Church in Salem.
Ms. Davidson was born in Soldotna on June 29, 1979. She spent her childhood in Soldotna sledding, snowmachining, water-skiing, diving, cheerleading and vacationing in Hawaii. She attended Cook Inlet Academy during her elementary years and was a sophomore at Soldotna High School when her family moved to Bakersfield, Calif., and shortly after to Salem. She graduated from Salem Academy High School. Ms. Davidson earned an associate degree from Chemeketa Community College and worked for various banks throughout the Salem and Portland area.
Her faith in God was a constant throughout her life journey that led her to participate in a Dominican Republic mission trip.
"By far, her radiant love for her precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was her most defining attribute. Melissa's love for shopping, playing games and watching movies also was appreciated by family and friends who found sharing in these activities with her an adventure. Her title 'Queen of the One Liners' was aptly bestowed upon her due for her uncanny ability to instantly transform a moment in time into a hilarious outbreak of laughter as she wittingly fired off one of her favorite quotes," her family said.
Ms. Davidson is survived by her parents, Wayne and Joan Davidson; sister and brother-in-law, Sherlai and Kiley Breitling; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Erika Davidson; sister, Bethany Davidson; nieces and nephews, Kailee and Madylin Breitling and Connor and Avery Davidson; grandparents Jack and Shirley Lounsbury of Salem, Francis and Ila Davidson of Sun City, Ariz.; aunts, uncles and cousins, Debi, Allan and Kelsey Stone of Anchorage, Colleen, Walt, Wally, Rocky and Dusty Ward of Kenai, Frank and Lupe Lounsbury of Arvin, Calif., Zara Fucci of San Diego, Talia Harris of Reno, Lori of Portland and Levi Lounsbury of Nikiski.
Contributions may be made toward a scholarship fund at Salem Academy by contacting the school at (503) 378-1219. To share memories or comments, visit www.melissadavidson.com.
Arrangements were made by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen, with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, in Salem.
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