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Marilyn Davenport

Marilyn Davenport Marilyn F. Davenport died Saturday, January 6, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends. She passed away peacefully into the unseen world, where God reigns and love abides.

Marilyn was born on April 4, 1928 in Tabor Valley, just outside Manhattan, Kansas. She lived with her family on various farms around Manhattan, wherever her father moved the family. As a young woman, she moved to Manhattan and worked at various jobs in town. One her of most memorable jobs was working as a soda fountain attendant at the drugstore on 4th and Poyntz.

Marilyn taught Sunday school for many years at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and served on the church’s altar guild. She was a longtime member of the Rebekah Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

After raising her children, Marilyn worked with the US Census, and was an election official for many years. She was later employed by the Riley County Appraiser’s office. After retirement, Marilyn volunteered with her church’s pastoral care visitation team and was a volunteer with Shepherd’s Crossing. She also spent over twenty years helping with the church thrift store, The Encore Shop.

Marilyn lived in the home that her husband and Arlo Lignitz built, for 58 years. She then lived at the Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan from August of 2015 until she passed away.

She was united in marriage to Lloyd W. Davenport in Manhattan on June 18, 1948. They were blessed with three children. Lloyd preceded her in death on August 3, 2003.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ona Burt, and her brother Robert.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Teresa Morse and husband Richard, of San Andreas, California, their three children, Jennifer, Steven, and Michael and grandsons, Ryan and Joseph; her daughter, Stacy Chapman and husband Joseph, of Fountain, Colorado, and their children Eli, Ona, Isabel and Ezra; her son Tim Davenport and wife Mary, of Manhattan, Kansas, their daughters Kathryn (Denton) and Emily (Ben), and granddaughter Joslyn.

Marilyn is also survived by her siblings Doris Ramsour and husband Walter of Wichita, KS, Linda Gamble and husband Andrew of Covina, California, and Phillip Burt and wife Jean of Corinth, Texas.

Marilyn bequeathed her body for medical research through the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 601 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan. Inurnment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Marilyn may be made to Shepherd’s Crossing. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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