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Glendonna Mary Greenway Miller Davenport

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Glendonna Mary Greenway Miller DAVENPORT May 16, 1921 ~ March 26, 2010 Glendonna passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at age 88, in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Born in Seattle to Lewis DeYoung Greenway and Emma Indridson Greenway, she grew up in the Maple Leaf area of Seattle with her older brothers Dick, John, and Lew. She spent summers on the family property on Indian Island. Glendonna graduated from Roosevelt High School (Class of '39) and attended the University of Washington, majoring in art. She was a lifelong member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, Kappa Chapter, and received both the Order of the Golden Rose and the Order of the Pearl for her 50 and 65 years as a member of the sorority. She met James Miller at the UW, and they were engaged in September 1943 while Jim was in the Army's Officer Candidate School in New Orleans. During the war, Glendonna worked for Boeing in the Plant Planning Department where she oversaw the conversion of the B-17 production line to the B-29 line, the plane that brought about the end of the war with Japan. She married James Miller on May 5, 1945, and they moved to Pittsburg, California, where he was stationed. At wars' end, they moved to Three Tree Point; daughter Deidre was born in 1948 and son Beau in 1949. Jim joined Elliott Bay Plywood Machines, a company started by his father. They were longtime members of the Washington Athletic Club and Rainer Golf and Country Club. They owned an impressive collection of classic cars and belonged to car clubs in the Seattle area. No one who knew the Millers will ever forget Glendonna. Glendonna was an icon on Three Tree Point, responsible for the lighthouse and foghorn. She was well-known to pilots and ship captains, as she greeted them all with a wave of a dish towel or waving arms. They always responded with a toot from the ship's horn or a waggle of the wings. Some time after Jim's death in 1975, Glendonna visited her brother's old Sea Scout group and renewed her acquaintance with Wilson (Bill) Davenport, who she'd first dated in junior high school. They fell in love and were married on January 25, 1977; Glendonna joined Bill at his Richland home where they had 28 fabulous years together filled with family, travel, and laughter. They moved to Orchard House in Mt. Angel in November 2005 to be close to Bill's children. Glendonna lost her Bill on January 2, 2006. Glendonna is survived by brother John, son Beau, and stepchildren Diane, Lynn, and Ted. She will be missed by nieces Dana, Pax, and Suzanne, nephews Doug and Jon A., and grandchildren Nicholas, Mercedes, Barron, James, Andrew, Jennifer, Michael, Christoffer, Wilson, Katie, and twelve great-grandchildren. She was the beloved matriarch of our family and was deeply loved. "Didn't we have fun?" was her motto, and yes we did! Her love of life lives on in all of us. Special thanks to Tami Davenport and to the folks at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center who loved Glendonna and cared for her with such compassion. A celebration of Glendonna's rich and full life will be held at 1:30pm April 9th at the Providence Benedictine Center in Mt. Angel. A Seattle celebration will be held later in the year. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation for upkeep of the garden where Glendonna spent many happy, sunny hours in her last five years.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2010
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