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Cathy Davidson, a member of a popular Fort Dodge musical trio who continued to perform professionally, has died. She was 70 years old.
She was found on August 7 at her home in Port Orchard, Wash., by her sister, Nancy Haustveit.
Davidson graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1969. She sang in several musical groups and also performed in high school concerts and marching bands. She attended Iowa Central Community College, performing in the ICCC Singers, and graduated in 1971.
In the late 1960s, she was part of a musical trio with high school classmates Marcia Robson and Kathy Wickwire. Robson and Davidson met when they were sophomores at Cooper Elementary School.
“Cathy learned to play the guitar with her brother Bruce who was part of the Squires, a popular group from the Fort Dodge area”, Robson said. “She started bringing her guitar to school in the rehearsal rooms and we ended up singing folk songs together. Kathy heard us sing one day and came in and started harmonizing with us.
The group We Three is formed. Larry Mitchell, then director of the FDSH vocal music department, heard the girls and organized performances for Fort Dodge community groups.
Around 1970, the trio added a bassist and a drummer. Under the name Sun, the band played venues in Iowa and the upper Midwest, including Sioux Falls College where all three girls attended. The group became The Baysingers, Baysingers Windsome and then Windsome.
“We’ve played from Iowa to Portland, Maine, to Gillette, Wyoming, to Daytona Beach to Houston and all over the Midwest,” said Robson, who now lives in Windsor Heights.
The women performed together from 1966 to 1979. They left music and dispersed to different parts of the country. Davidson worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington, retiring in 2016. She volunteered with the agency until the time of her death.
Despite the physical distances between them, the three often spent several days together each year, catching up on the good old days and having fun.
“Her laughter, the sparkle in her eyes, her sense of fun and silliness, her wonderful words which she turned into beautiful songs, and her compassion for others which came through in her work as a patient advocate at through the VA will be missed”, Robson and Wickwire, now of Faribault, Minnesota, wrote jointly on their Facebook pages. “We hold her firmly in our hearts with all of our precious memories, music and years of stories.”
Davidson is survived by his sister, Nancy Haustveit, of Port Orchard, and a brother, Bruce Davidson, of Salt Lake City. She was predeceased by her parents, Homer L. and Delores Davidson, of Fort Dodge, her brother Larry Davidson and her brother-in-law Darin Haustveit.
A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held at a later date.