Born On: August 22, 1946

Passed On: February 20, 2019

Paulette M. Davidson

Paulette Marie Davidson was born on August 22, 1946 to Robert and Helmi (Lahti) Cardinal in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Paulette was the granddaughter of Nancy Loonsfoot (Chippewa) and a registered member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan. When she was 2, her family moved to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County California. At first, they lived on her aunt Rona Bradley’s rabbit farm. Her sister, Linda was born in 1948 and the entire family became involved in the local catholic church her aunts helped organize, St. Elisabeth of Hungary, Van Nuys. She went to school there through 6th grade and moved with her family to Reseda following the birth of her brother, Bill in 1956. Paulette attended Cleveland HS and graduated in 1964. She had a great love of flying, space, and science. While out with her girlfriends in the Spring of 1968, she met Frank Davidson. He peaked her interest with his own love of aircraft and his work for Lockheed-Vega’s Skunk Works. On December 7, 1968, they married in Clark County, Nevada. They lost twin boys before birth in Fall 1969 but were blessed with the arrival of their daughter Victoria in October of 1971 and only 14 months later in January of 1973, their second blessing, a son, Robert was born. After settling the family back in Van Nuys, Paulette spent the next three decades dedicating herself to raising her family and supporting her church. She provided confirmation training through the CCD program, supported the St. Elisabeth’s baseball league, spent nearly every day on the school yard at the church tutoring or being a noon-aide, and raised thousands of dollars yearly through Lizzie’s Attic, the rummage sale at the church’s annual May Festival. Throughout her lifetime, her church, her family, and her culture remained her greatest strengths and supports. After the death of her husband in June 1999, Paulette remained in Van Nuys helping take care of 3 of her grandsons.  In March 2008 Paulette moved to her son’s in Muskegon, MI helping with and getting to know her 6 grandchildren there. In 2014 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Dementia and for the last 4 years, she was under the excellent care of the Roosevelt Park Nursing facility. Paulette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Victoria (Serafin Castillo) of Los Angeles, CA and their three sons Roberto, Ivan, and Nicolas; Her son Robert (Stefanie Wright) of Muskegon MI and their six children Dakota, Michael, Kendall, Konnor, Kameron, and Erik; niece and nephew Bridget (Heath) Preston and Gregory (Lori) Patch of Georgia; brothers-in-law Michael Patch and Arthur Davidson, and numerous cousins, nephews, grand nephews, grand nieces, and dearest friends. Paulette’s final interment will take place in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of Scouting (BSA) Program for Michigan Crossroads Council (Davidson family), Greater Los Angeles Area Council (Castillo-Davidson family) or the United American Indian Involvement Center (Los Angeles). Ginwenj, Tchi bimadisiian ajonda aking – (prayer so that you may live long here on earth….)


2 thoughts on “Paulette M. Davidson

  1. Roberta Dubson

    So sorry for your lost she is in a better place. She was a big part of your life and the memories that she carries with her. She was lucky to have a son like your to bring her in and care for her. She may not if thanked you but it was always in her heart. Live Aunt Roberta and uncle Fred


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