Edna Rose Davenport, age 91, of Sturgis, passed away Wednesday afternoon March 25, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers.
She was born Dec. 12, 1923, inWells County, Ind., a daughter of the late Sylvester “ Wes” and Grace Gertrude (Beaty) Dunwiddie.
Mrs. Davenport resided in the Sturgis and Constantine area most of her life.
On March 2, 1946, she married Frederick Moine Davenport in Sturgis. He died Dec. 20, 1994.
She retired from Constantine Public Schools, where she had been employed as a secretary for more than 10 years, and she was a dedicated homemaker, wife and mother.
Edna was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Sturgis and Constantine United Methodist Church while she resided in Constantine. Some of her many involvements in her churches included serving as a communion steward and member of the banner committee, treasurer of the adult Sunday school class and the pastor parish committee. She was also a very active member of Constantine American Legion Auxiliary # 223, where she served as past president, post historian, girls’ state co-chairperson and membership chairperson. She also was a member of the Constantine Rotary Ann’s and was a Cub Scouts den mother and served as co-chairperson for the Constantine Red Cross BloodMobile.
She is survived by two daughters, Panette “Pennie” (Fred) Edinger of Constantine and Janell (John) Hunter of St. Louis; two sons, Kendal “Ken” (Linda) Davenport of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Martin “Marty” (Diana) Davenport of Constantine; five grandchildren, Christine (Rick) Vokoun, Brad (Channa) Davenport, Julie Amarette (Shawn) Eckweilen, Rebecca Ann (Ryan) O’Day and Drew (Christina) Hunter; 14 great grandchildren, Trey Vokoun, Lane Vokoun, Cruz Davenport, Chloe Davenport, Brady Syrek, Casey Syrek, Liam O’Day, Molly O’Day, Carson Hunter, Madelyn Hunter, Shae Hunter, Connor Hunter, Isiah Hunter and Chase Hunter; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; great-granddaughter, Baby Hope Hunter; a sister, Genevieve Teagle; and four brothers, Dale, Donald, William and Brooks Dunwiddie.
The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. A graveside service and burial will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Constantine Cemetery in Constantine. The Rev. Jeanne Koughn of First United Methodist Church and Mrs. Davenport’s grandsons, Pastor Trent Hunter and Pastor Drew Hunter, will officiate.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Davenport’s memory consider the Animal Rescue Fund, P.O. Box 573, Sturgis, MI 49091; or Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care, 1435 Summit St., Elgin, IL 60120. Little Angels was dear to Edna, as she has a grandchild in this nursing facility and over the years Edna enjoyed making more than 100 bibs for the children there.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.