Born: August 17, 1927 Spokane, WA
Died: February 8, 2014 Calabasas, CA
Betty was the daughter of Gordon Clayton Davenport and Hilda Sebo Davenport. Betty was born in Spokane, WA. There she attended Lewis & Clark High School. After graduation, Betty went to work in the "family business" or as most people know it, the Telephone Company. We say the family business as Betty's Father, Gordon and all five brothers plus one sister also worked at the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company. It was at this job that Betty met the love of her life, Alan Berry. Al was in Spokane for a Telephone Company training class. (Yes, he and his brother Wayne too worked for the Telephone Company, but in Walla Walla.) As family lore has it, he saw her crossing the street in downtown Spokane and asked for an introduction. The man that introduced them sang the solos at their wedding a year later.
Alan married Betty Davenport on September 3, 1949. They had three children: Carol, Sue and Bob. The Berry Family moved to Woodland Hills in 1971, and lived in their house on Gainford Street for 42 years. Betty and Al started "Cruising" and they travelled to every continent and met many wonderful people. Betty loved to wear formal clothes and she loved to dance. She was never happier than when she was on the dance floor in the arms of her husband. We once saw a dance floor literally clear as people watched Betty and Al dance. Their love of music and each other was mesmerizing.
A Celebration of Life service will be held for her at Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church, 5751 Platt Ave., on Saturday, March 22nd, 2:00 p.m. A reception honoring Betty will be held at the home of Carol Berry and Mark Brooks directly after the service at 6155 Lockhurst Dr., Woodland Hills. In lieu of flowers, the Family is suggesting a donation in Betty's name to the
Betty will be remembered for her smile, for her humor, for her athleticism (she once bowled a 300 game), her BBQ chicken, her pool parties, her love of flowers and gardening and for her love for her friends and her family. She leaves behind daughters Carol (Mark Brooks) Berry and Sue Sander and son Bob (Margo Berger) Berry; grandchildren, Braedon and Chynna Berry, and Katie and Tori Sander; her caregivers Julieta, Eteri, Gayle and Betty; and her faithful kitty Harold, who stayed by her side until she left us. Her beloved husband Al preceded her in death just last March. We know that Betty is now again in Al's arms and they are dancing to the music of the angels! We love you Mom!
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Mar. 16, 2014