Martha G. Davidson

February 6, 1927September 6, 2018

Martha Davidson East Lansing, MI

Martha Louise (Gruber) Davidson died on Sept. 6, 2018 at the age of 91. Born in Charleston, WV, on February 6, 1927 to Harry N. and Alene (Sanderson) Gruber. Martha spent most of her youth in Birmingham, MI. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in botany, and completed post-graduate studies in Oslo, Norway.

Martha married Harold Davidson on Dec. 30, 1950. Harold was a professor of horticulture at MSU. Married for 52 years, they raised three children, were actively involved in the East Lansing and MSU community, were members of The Peoples Church, travelled the world leading flower and garden tours, and enjoyed gardening, swimming, cross-country skiing, and golf. They also spent many happy vacations at their cabin in Canada. One of their lasting legacies is the Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds Garden, at the C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum on the MSU campus.

Her beloved husband, Harold Davidson; her parents; brother, Sandy; sister, Jane Waples; brother-in-law, Don Waples, and nephew, Mark Waples; all preceded Martha in death. Martha is survived by 3 children and their spouses, Kevin (Donna) Davidson of Lakewood, CA; Karen (Ron) Krzanowski of Okemos, MI; and Harriet (Paul) Graves of Lowell, MI, along with 6 grandchildren, Keri Ann and Ben Davidson, John and Jenny Krzanowski, Zachary and Jessica Graves.

Martha touched many lives with her perennial smile, great warmth and kindness. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bickford in Okemos, 3830 Okemos Road, Okemos MI, where Martha spent the last years of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum. Contributions can be made online at or by check, payable to MSU, with a notation for the arboretum and addressed: MSU Dept of Horticulture, Plant & Soil Science Bldg, 1066 Bogue St, Rm A-288, East Lansing, MI 48824.


  • C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum


  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 13, 2018

Martha G. Davidson

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Mary Hansen

November 22, 2018

I remember Martha and her husband from Peoples Church. She had a strong positive smile and personality that affected all who met her.

Keri Davidson

September 10, 2018

You will be deeply missed . I’ll forever cherish our time together sitting on the board walk watching the sunset. ( You always gave the best back rubs. 😊) I loved hearing of your stories about Norway and Finland. You shared such enthusiasm for nature ( I believe I got that from you).
We can all learn from you to stop and smell the flowers.... appreciate the small things in life. There’s beauty everywhere.

Love you Grandma

Keri Anne .

Kevin Davidson

September 9, 2018

Farewell Mom,
You will be cherished in my heart always. I will remember all the wonderful experiences that you shared with us. The wonderful camping trips with family friends. Trips to Pentwater while Dad was at Army Reserve Camp. The cross Country Trips in the Airstream Trailer to visit the national parks and Disneyland. I will have found memories of the Scouting, Swimming, and all the school sports activities which you supported me in.
I will carry with me and share many life lessons. Greet the morning with a cheerful smile. Be kind to other people. Give of yourself. Invest in the future. Leave not trace. Grow a Garden.
Love you Mom.