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Anita R Davidson

January 4, 1955 - November 13, 2021

Service Date: November 17, 2021

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Anita Rae (Landis) Davidson, 66, most recently of Ankeny, Iowa, went to be with her Lord on November 13, 2021, after an extended battle with Ovarian cancer.

Funeral service will be held at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.), 10:00 am, Wednesday November 17, 2021, with burial immediately following at the Brethren cemetery in Elkhart. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 9 am. The service will be livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/646112779

Anita was born on January 4, 1955, in Wabash, Indiana to Donald and Marguerite (Dorsey) Smith and graduated from Southwood High School in 1973. She raised three children in LaFontaine, Indiana, then married her current husband, Thomas Davidson, in 2000 and moved to Ankeny.

A lifelong Christian, she was a member of Ankeny Church of the Brethren where she frequently played the piano and led worship. She worked as an administrative assistant in the library at the Ankeny campus of the Des Moines Area Community College for many years. She was an avid seamstress, gardener, family woman, prayer warrior, and an amazing cook. Anita’s positivity in the face of illness and struggle was an inspiration for those who knew her and her giving spirit will be missed by many.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas; children, Angela Brown, Christopher (Leticia) Landis, Ronda (Jeremy) Bernath, Mike (Megan) Davidson, Jennifer (Jason) Cooper, Kevin (Amy) Davidson, and Rebecca (Nick) Gorell; eleven grandchildren, with one on the way, and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Linda (Jim) Domine and Sharon (Roger) Channell; and two brothers, Paul (Janet) Smith and Mark (Debbie) Smith.

Anita was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother, Wendell Smith.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anita’s memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (https://give.ocrahope.org/give/186942/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=OCRAweb&c_src2=header)

or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (https://msfocus.org/Donate.aspx).

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