DAVIDSON, Roberta “Bobbie” (née McLenahan)

August 29, 1933 –  March 14, 2022


With deep sadness we wish to announce that Roberta (Bobbie) Davidson passed away March 14, 2022 in Cochrane Alberta at the age of 88 years old.

Bobbie was born August 29, 1933 to John and Letha McLenahan and grew up in Kananaskis, close to the Experimental Station. Her early education was by correspondence until taking grade 8 at Sacred Hearts Girl School in Calgary and then deciding to complete grade 9 in Banff, where she won the Governor General’s Medal for Academic Excellence.  During this time she read text on English Equitation and after countless hours of practice with Midge, her trusty horse, above what is now known as Canoe Flats, she and Midge won the Doris Littlewood Equestrian class for under 16.

Bobbie attended Central High in Calgary graduating grade 12, then became a legal secretary finding work at Fina Oil. This is where she met her husband Maurice. They were soon onto sitting on well-sites in Northern Alberta, eventually coming back to settle in Calgary, raising a son, John and daughter Cathy. The domestic scene allowed her to personally renovate the house, be a dedicated Sundance Pony Club parent, and volunteer while shepherding John and Cathy through their growing years.

Bobbie was forever a volunteer, lending a helping hand, or extending a sympathetic ear. Active in her church and up to all equestrian events from Pony Club, Alberta Light Horse and Spruce Meadows show jumping , Cross Country judging and running many City of Calgary horse shows, all alongside her best friend, Ruth Storey.

Bobbie was predeceased by her mother Letha McLenahan, father John McLenahan, husband Maurice Davidson and daughter Cathy Adlington. She is survived by her son John Davidson, brother John (Claudette) McLenahan, sister Norma Holden, as well as son-in-law Bob Adlington and her grandchildren Evan (Marlet), Warren, Emily (Matt),Calvin (Loren) and Charity, plus nine great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service celebrating Bobbie’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers we ask that you please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary www.alzheimercalgary.ca in her memory.

We wish to express special thanks to the staff and nurses of 800 unit at Cochrane Bethany Care Centre who took such great care of Bobbie.

Arrangements entrusted to Allie Van Arnam, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – cochrane@piersons.ca – 403-932-1039

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  1. On 18/03/2022 at 9:15 am Dean Brawn Said:

    So sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to the Davidson clan! Our thoughts are with you.

  2. On 19/03/2022 at 11:11 am Jill strickland Said:

    Dear Bobbie, how much you have been missed. Knew you through Pony Club days when we first moved to Calgary in1976 and Tom wanted to ride horses. So long ago now. Ruth and you will be together. Your loyalty, energy and enthusiasm are remembered. God Bless your family.

  3. On 25/03/2022 at 12:55 pm Monica Field Said:

    So sorry to hear about Bobbie’s death. She was one of my mother’s very best friends (Marina Field) and as a couple, Bobbie and Maurice shared some interesting times with my parents up north on well sites. They truly bonded and enjoyed being together. The friendship lasted all of their lives.

    I remember both Bobbie and Maurice very well, and I so enjoyed them both. Bobbie had a contagious laugh and was always so much fun, while offering down-to-earth practical advice. She and my mother shared many exciting exploits and had a great time together.

    Wishing John some comfort in this hard time. My sister and I lost our parents a year and a half apart, and it is very strange being without them, even now.

    Monica