LOWVILLE – Virginia Davidson Burr, 98, Formerly at Brookside Senior Living Community, Lowville, and recently at Sunset Nursing Home Boonville, died on early Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013 at Sunset Nursing Home.
With her husband, she was active in the hotel and restaurant business for more than 25 years; first in Adirondack resorts in the Old Forge area and later as operators of concessions at Snow Ridge, Carlowden Country Club and Watertown Golf Club and as restaurant owners in Turin and Denmark. They managed Brantingham Inn, Brantingham Lake, for seven seasons and directed the operation of the hotel, dining room, bar and golf course. In 1956 she became Cafeteria Manager at Beaver River Central School, Beaver Falls, and continued for 20 years.
Born October 1, 1915 in Oswego, to George Washington and Clara Lanz Davidson, she graduated from Oswego High School and Oswego Normal School, now SUNY Oswego, in 1935, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Eta Sorority. She attended the 70th Class reunion in 2005. After graduation, she taught two years in Woodgate and was on the staff of the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, from 1937 to1939.
She married James I. Burr of Turin on October 7, 1939. Mr. Burr died in January 1979.
She was on the Board of Directors of the New York State Food Service Association and served as Northeast Area Director. She was President of the Lowville Senior Citizens Club, as well as Lewis County Senior Council, whose membership she expanded. She worked closely with Lewis County Office of the Aging and was a member of the Advisory Council. An active member of the New York Statewide Senior Citizens Council, she attended many of its conventions as a North Country delegate. She was a volunteer in the Lowville Meals on Wheels program, the Head & Toe Shop, Lowville Free Library and Lewis County Historical Society.She enjoyed golfing and played regularly into her 80s. She spent winters in Haines City, Florida and vicinity for over ten years. She traveled extensively after her retirement, visiting much of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii; Canada, Europe, including Russia; Asia, including China; Australia & New Zeeland and South America.
Surviving are a son, James, and his wife, Ok Im, in suburban Chicago, a daughter-in-law, Angela Burr, in Spokane and a grandson, Robert Burr, in Spokane, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no calling hours or funeral. She donated her body to Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. Donations may be made to the James, James & Virginia Burr Scholarship Fund at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, 153 Statler Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
On-line condolences may be sent to: www.sundquistfh.com