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01/11/2024 12:12 PM

Lucy A. Davidson

Lucy Ann (Perody) Davidson, 77, passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2024, with her husband, daughter, and son by her side and granddaughter cuddled at her feet. She fought a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born May 5, 1946, to Thomas and June (Cook) Perody, Lucy traveled the country from Syracuse, New York, to California as part of a proud Navy family, ultimately settling in Ledyard. She would go on to graduate from Norwich Free Academy (NFA) and Hartford Hospital School of Nursing. She then completed nurse anesthesia training at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, where she began a 40-year career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Lucy was very dedicated to and proud of her life’s work as a Nurse Anesthetist, sharing with the world her deeply caring nature, loved and admired by colleagues, and leaving a lasting impression on countless patients.

In July of 1976, she would meet her devoted and loving husband, Peter Davidson, on Governor’s Island, New York, where Peter was commissioned with the Coast Guard. Theirs was a love story for the books and, realizing they had found true love, they were engaged on New Year’s Eve at Georgica Beach in East Hampton, New York, and, less than a year after meeting, were married May 21, 1977, at the Coast Guard Academy Chapel in New London. They would go on to spend almost 48 beautiful years together.

Following their marriage, Lucy and Peter moved to East Hampton, New York. Lucy worked at Southampton Hospital and raised two beautiful children alongside Peter. Motherhood was Lucy’s greatest joy. It was her life’s mission to ensure her children felt unconditional support, the ability to achieve any dream, and knew they were loved beyond measure. Despite lengthy hours at the hospital with on-call schedules, her nightly dinners were gourmet, and there was always something baking in the kitchen, notably her famous pancakes, which would become known far and wide among family and friends. There was always an adventure to pursue (frequently to the duck pond in East Hampton), ice skating on the town pond, endless days at the beach, ferry trips to Connecticut to visit grandparents, and plenty of dogs and cats that needed a loving home. She never missed an event that included her children and was a deeply devoted mom.

In 1993, Lucy and Peter moved their family to Old Saybrook, settling in their dream home overlooking the Connecticut River. Lucy would spend countless hours peacefully admiring the view, sunsets, flowers, wildlife, and the simple beauty that surrounded her. Lucy returned to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and ultimately retired in 2018 from Backus Hospital in Norwich.

For the last 15 years, she proudly took on the role of Grandma Lucy to four beautiful grandchildren. Nothing was more important to her than family, and she loved them fiercely. She enjoyed sharing stories of memories, sneaking the occasional treat (a grandmother’s right), taking the children for outings, doing whatever possible to hear those little giggles, endless hugs, and cuddles, and tending to their every need, brightening those precious moments of their young lives.

Lucy leaves behind a legacy of everything that is good in this world. No matter the situation, Lucy responded calmly and with kindness. She brought light into any room with her infectious smile, always cheerful and positive. She was gracious and elegant in every way. Perhaps the most important lessons she taught us all were to never underestimate the power of kindness, to live in the moment, and live fully, as life is short and can change quickly. To know her was to love her.

She is survived by and will be forever missed by her loving husband, Peter Davidson; daughter, Katharine (Davidson) Laban (Michael Laban, husband); son, Peter Davidson (Eleanor Ayre Davidson, wife); grandchildren, Isabella Laban, Austin Laban, Asher Davidson, Beckett Davidson; and faithful furry companions, Maggie and Max. As one of five sisters, she will forever be remembered by Carol Falvey, Susan Lajzer and husband Ken Lajzer, Ann Gladue, Lise Perody and husband Robert Koury; as well as many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many heartbroken friends, including her ladies luncheon group and others who became family and cared for her with us until the end.

Lucy was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and June (Cook) Perody; brother-in-law, James Gladue; and a grandson born sleeping whom we have no doubt is now being cradled in her loving arms.

We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the doctors, nurses, aides, and volunteers at Middlesex Hospital who cared so gently and lovingly for our beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother. After dedicating her life to the care of others, it was now her time to be cared for, and it brought us much peace to know she received the same quality of care she so willingly gave.

A celebration of life for friends and family will occur, with details to be determined. Never being one for attention, although she naturally attracted it given her grace and kindhearted ways, there are no services planned. She did not want us to gather and cry, but rather to come together to celebrate life and the memories we were so lucky to have made and hold close to our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Middlesex Health Hospice Program or Companion Pet Rescue in Connecticut. Whether you knew her or not, we encourage all to perform an act of kindness in honor and loving memory of Lucy.

To share a memory of Lucy or send a condolence to her family, please visit The Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook is in care of the arrangements.