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NONA AVILES DAVISON

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Birth Date: 1932
Birth Place: Guadalajara, MEXICO

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Donor names:   Jennifer Aviles
Date submitted: June 5, 2010
Gift: Brick Paver - small
Location on plaza map: B4
Areas of Achievement: Community Building, Education, Home Making, Self-Employed, Volunteer
 
Enrique and Jennifer Aviles are honoring Nona Aviles Davison for all the qualities indicated in the biography below. In addition, we wanted her honored for the wonderful family gatherings each year on Mother’s Day which included other friends and cousins and their children.

Nona Aviles Davison was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where she attended the Colegio Nueva Galicia until she was nine. In 1941 she and her mother moved to Nogales, Arizona. She entered the school system (taught in English) and in the evening and during the summer she attended the “Macias Finishing School” to continue her Spanish education. She was graduated from Nogales High School. After graduation, she worked as a secretary for Frank Barry, Santa Cruz County Attorney and then for Dr. Zenas Barnard Noon. In 1951 she married Robert Davison and moved to Tucson, Arizona.

A true soldadera, and service driven leader, Nona volunteered with the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) Auxiliary for over 30 years. She worked over 11,000 hours of volunteer service at TMC starting in 1972, when her youngest child was 2. She also taught Spanish as a second language to hundreds of students in Tucson, including at Pima College Community, members of the University of Arizona faculty and faculty wives, medical personnel at TMC, children and youth and retirees.

Nona was the Mother of William Davison, Dr. Robert Davison Aviles, Marcela Davison Aviles and Erika Davison Evensen, Grandmother to Morgan, Hannah, Mathew, Benjamin, Abigail, Alejandra and Maximiliano and Mother-in-Law to Peg Davison, Dan Evensen and Pam Fulmer.

While her children attended elementary school, Nona served as a Brownie Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. She praised her mother and grandmother for instilling in her the value of education, both in and out of the classroom. Nona encouraged extracurricular activities such as band, music, sports, and dance. She was proud to note that three of her children were graduated from college and a fourth acquired a certificate in mechanics.

Nona was also the beloved Aunt and Matriarch for many family members including the Aviles family, the Barnetche family, the Davison family, the De La Rosa family, the Escalada family, and the Puig family. She passed her love of her Mexican and Spanish heritage to her children, all of whom inherited her passion for antojitos, Latin, mariachi and classical music, dancing, history and family. She also served on various Boards and with other volunteer organizations, including the Pimeria Alta Museum in Nogales, Arizona, the Kappa Delta Phi sorority. She was a lifetime member of the Dirty Dozen and the Nogalians Coffee Clutch. She was a critical conduit of community outreach pre-Internet. Her numerous friends would often say, in speaking of her, "Don't Write, Don't telegraph, Just Tell Nona." If a person's heart is measured not by how much one loves, but by how much one is loved by others, Nona was deeply loved indeed.

Information Sources:
Sources: Oral history obtained and transcribed by Jennifer Hesketh Aviles; additional information from her daughters Erika Davison Evensen and Marcela Davison Aviles.