BANGOR AND CARIBOU – When Mum was done with something whether it was washing dishes, sweeping the floor, or knitting, she always said “There.” Our Mum, Avis G. Davenport is done with this earthly world. She was 85.
She died September 28, 2015, at Ross Manor in Bangor, surrounded by loving staff, friends and family. Her little body was just worn out but her mind was very sharp. One of the last things she said was, “I hope I did everything right.” I think most would agree that she did.
Mum was born in Woodland, January 5, 1930, the daughter of Walter and Olive (Henry) Espling. She lived in Caribou for many years and had been a resident of the Bangor area since 1973. Mum was a potato picker, a shoe cobbler, a store clerk, a hospital cook, a caregiver, a sister, a wife and a mother.
She is survived by her son, Elden Davenport and girlfriend, Daphne, of Millinocket; two daughters, Wanda Kenneally and husband, Bill, of Hampden and Norma Davenport of Ogden, Utah; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Thelma Espling of Woodland; 4 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, special neighbors and friends.
Mum was predeceased by her husband, Philemon Davenport, in 1985; and by six brothers, Vinal, Carl, Arnold, Herbert, Wilber and Merle Espling.
We are honoring Mum’s decision to not have a funeral, however, will celebrate Mum’s life in May 2016 with a graveside service at Marston Cemetery, Orrington. We will keep you posted as the time gets closer. “There.”