Carol Jean Davenport
Carol Jean Davenport passed away peacefully on a sunny Sunday morning, April 14, 2019, at the Schneidmiller Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with her children at her side. Carol, a lifetime resident of Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington, with a short hiatus to Southern Nevada, was born to Frederick “Earl” and Nora “Beryl” Hutchinson on May 16, 1938, at Newport Community Hospital. She graduated from Priest River High School, class of ‘56, with lifelong friends Peggy, Joni, Bill and many others. While in high school she met the love of her life, Terry Davenport.
Following high school, Carol went to work for “the bank,” O.N.B. of C, in Newport, as a teller. When Terry returned from his stint with the U.S. Army in Germany, they were married at the groom’s family home in Priest River in October of 1957 and were happily married for 37 years, until Terry’s untimely death in 1994.
Upon marrying, Carol and Terry settled into a modest house in Oldtown, Idaho. With the birth of their son in 1959, Carol became a full-time mother and homemaker, the first of many job titles to come, along with Aunt, neighbor, den mother, Camp Fire Girl leader, PTA secretary and Grandma. She worked part-time over the years and of course, there were the countless hours of Mom and Barbara “lifeguarding” all us kids swimming at The Cove. Her most successful and impactful jobs were as Mom, homemaker, Grandma and friend.
That little house grew, as the family grew with the arrival of their daughter in 1960. The house in Oldtown had become a home overflowing with love, encouragement, forgiveness, homemade goodies and a place that family and friends were always welcome. Homemaker … that’s a title to be proud of, Mom.
Over the years Carol enjoyed sewing, crocheting and other artsy hobbies. In later years she continued to enjoy family and friends, as well as Agatha Raisin and Hamish McBeth novels, Mahjong, an occasional chocolate and of course her G.U. Bulldogs. Our last conversations were a lot of “March Madness.” She was always up for Sunday dinner and a glass of beer at her daughter and son-in-law’s house, not to mention our semi-annual treks to the casino. She may have been short of breath, but man could she move across that floor. Her tickets said she was the big winner; in reality, we were all winning big for having her in our lives.
Carol was preceded in death by her best friend and husband, Terry; her parents, Earl and Beryl; sister, Iris; brother, Bill and infant daughter, Mary Beryl. She is survived by her children, Terry (Elena) Davenport of Olympia, Wash., Patricia (Frank) Waterman, of Hayden, Idaho; four loving grandchildren: Mary Waterman (JT Jicha), Tessa (Cheynce) Bennett, Chelsea (Bob) Layes and Ted (Paige) Davenport; one great-granddaughter, Ava Layes and her rescue Chihuahua, Tyrone.
Mom, Grandma, Granny, you are loved and missed!
All are invited to attend the service for Carol to be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Sherman-Campbell Funeral Home, 423 W. Second St., Newport, Wash. Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at shermancampbell.com.