Stella Davenport

1917 – 2014
Stella Davenport

 

Stella Davenport, 96, passed to the great garden in the sky on Saturday, February 22, in Dillon. She was born on July 19, 1917, to Joseph and Cecilia (Kukrall) Kubal in Enid. She was raised on a dry land farm near Enid with her younger sister, Grace, through the depths of the Depression. Stella attended school in Enid and Lambert, graduating in 1936. After moving to Anaconda to work as a housekeeper, she worked at the WPA daycare, Montgomery Ward and Intermountain Transportation.

In Anaconda, she met Marion Davenport, and they married in 1947. In the early 1950s, they moved to Patterson, ID, and, finally, to Dillon. During this time, they had two boys, Gene and Darryl. In 1956, they bought the house at 107 W. Park St. where Stella would live for over fifty years.

Marion passed away in 1958, leaving Stella with two young boys to raise. After the boys were old enough to come home after school without destroying the house, she worked as a bookkeeper at Mountjoy Flowers, Warner’s Foods and Davis Electric.

Her passion was gardening and her flower beds. She was active in the garden clubs in Dillon and a frequent exhibitor at the Dillon Fair. She was a true daughter of the Depression, raising her own garden and chickens, canning, freezing, making do with what she had available. Stella was a crafter, seamstress and collector, especially of antiques and rocks.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Loralee, of Whitehall. She has three grandchildren: Julie (Adam) Wenz, of Kalispell; Catherine Davenport, of Phoenix, AZ; and Richard (Kristi) Davenport, of Columbus, MS. She has five great-grandchildren: Rachel and Christopher, of Kalispell; Grace, of Phoenix; and Eva and Charlee Beth, of Columbus. Other survivors are sister-in-laws Gladys Davenport and Lois Holter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Marion; son Daryl; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Carrie Davenport; sister and brother-in-law Grace and Charlie Allingham; and brothers-in-law Floyd, Richard and Glenn Davenport.

Visitation will take place on Monday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at Brundage Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 11 a.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 12:10 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church or a charity of the donor's choice. A guestbook is available online at www.brundagefuneralhome.com.