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Linnea Davenport


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Linnea Sword Davenport

December 26, 1928 - April 12, 2014

Born Linnea Sword on December 26, 1928 in Jorhat, Assam, India to Baptist missionaries, Dr. Victor and Cora Sword, she passed into the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 12, 2014, a half a world away in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

Linnea and her mother returned to the States at the outset of WWII where they took residence in Chicago. Later, they moved to McMinnville and Linnea enrolled and later graduated from Linfield College.

In 1950, Linnea married Ernest Davenport, moved to Cloverdale, Oregon, where he was a teacher and coach, and they started a family. Linnea was active in her children's lives both in school and community.

They lived and raised their family in several Oregon communities following Ernie's career and eventually purchased a 300 acre ranch outside of Silverton. She loved the ranching life and very much enjoyed helping with the sheep and managing the house.

In later years, Linnea found herself living a life as a single woman. She went back to school in Theater Arts, was active in Salem's Pentacle Theater for a period, then was a docent at the Bush House, ushered at the Elsinore and taught interior decorating classes at several community colleges in the region.

The last 30 years of her life she lived in her own home in Turner, Oregon, where she had many close friends from this special neighborhood.

Her faith was always at the core of her day and served as an illuminating guidepost lighting the path that she so exuberantly followed.

Those remaining here in this world include her children, Eric, Karla and Kristin, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 11 a.m., and viewing is available Monday, April 21, from Noon to 6 p.m., both at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 20, 2014
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