Beverly Eckles Simms Davenport
1935 - 2021
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Beverly Eckles Simms Davenport

Tempe - Beverly Eckles Simms Davenport of Tempe, AZ was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She left this world for her next journey on February 20th, 2021 at the age of 85. Beverly fought hard against an aggressive cancer for the year leading to her passing.

Surviving Beverly are husband Bob, sons and daughters-in-law Michael (Marlene), Stephen (Ellen), David (Mara), former daughter-in-law Annetta, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren who always held a warm place in her heart.

Beverly was born to W. LeRoy and Doris Simms on March 31, 1935, in Bastrop, LA. After graduating from high school in Longview, WA, she attended the University of Idaho where she met her husband of 64 years, Bob Davenport. Beverly was an avid reader and that passion led to a Masters degree in Library Science and an enjoyable career as a librarian and teacher at the All Saints Episcopal Day School in Phoenix. She and Bob loved spending summers at their family cabin in Forest Lakes, AZ, where she took great pleasure in caring for their garden. Beverly and Bob travelled extensively and managed to set foot on all seven continents. Beverly was blessed with strong convictions and boundless love for her family and always met the challenge of doing what needed to be done. She loved to scour recipe magazines to find the next delicious creation, and she treated many lucky folks to wonderful meals over the years. Beverly always enjoyed a bucket of coins to feed the slots while she and Bob spent time in the Nevada casinos. Beverly found great strength and peace in the Lord; she and Bob attended the Arizona Community Church in Tempe. Her greatest joy was spending time with people and family that she loved. Those visits and her southern traditions will last long in our memories.

We will miss Beverly (Mom) tremendously, but we are comforted by our belief that she is reunited with her parents and her other loved ones in heaven.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate her long and happy life.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 6, 2021
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Amelia Tseng
March 1, 2021
Such a beautiful fun lady Bev was. Up farther north now with the rest of the Fl original gang. Denis and I were just mentioning the war stories we need to hear about our dad,skeet. Take care Bob
Chris Bradley
February 27, 2021
A very special woman who touched many lives, especially mine. I always enjoyed my visits and chats. Mrs. Davenport will be missed by so many, but with her strong love and faith in Jesus, she is now safe, comfortable and happy in His arms.
Carol Trejo
February 25, 2021
Beverly and I met in 1974 when we both joined the faculty of ASEDS. What a combination to enhance the English curriculum! Beverly arranged for each grade spending one class period per week in the library. Sometime, just quiet reading, others talking about favorites, adding to reading lists. Learning how a library functions. I have received numerous emails from so many students telling how Beverly impacted their lives ; "lovely, kind, caring,, sense of humor, one to always remember.
Beverly was the best librarian with whom I ever worked: her warmth, love of teaching, ability to work with all students and faculty. Our friendship was special. I miss her cherry cheesecakes, getting together for "breakfast club:. a long, and rewarding friendship.
Louise Crabtree
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February 24, 2021
I always adored Beverly. She was a very caring woman and I do remember her great cooking. I loved chatting with her and hearing her librarian stories and her love of travel. She will be missed greatly. May she rest in peace beside her mom and dad in heaven. I adored them too. My condolences to your her family for their loss, but hoping they let the good times sustain them with a smile.
Wendy Merkel Salem
February 24, 2021
I met Mrs Davenport as a student. She ran a small library on a tiny budget but grew that library into a place of learning and research while teaching the skills needed to know how to use resources. She never added a book she had not personally read and could discuss in detail. Her library was about balance of ideas and teaching students to cross check and sift out facts. She was dedicated and professional yet always approachable and fun for a casual chat. Her cherry cheesecake was a work of art and so delicious. She shaped young minds with empowerment, caring and empathy. I count myself lucky to have have known her all those years ago and through all of the years that passed.
John Crabtree
February 23, 2021
Bob and all of your family,
We are saddened to hear of Beverly's passing. She was a great lady!
We'll miss her friendly face in Forest Lakes.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dick & Chickie Buelow
Dick & Chickie Buelow
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