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Barbara Lucille Davenport

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Barbara Lucille Davenport, age 91, physically left us on August 15, 2023, from cancer after being handicapped by stroke for over 15 years.

Barbara was born in Butler, PA, grew up in Foxburg, PA, graduated from Indiana (PA) State University and the University of Arizona. 

She was employed at the American Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark where she met her future husband, Bruce Davenport.  Barbara retired as Department Head, Business Education, Sahuaro High School after teaching for 30 years at various new schools. Was a candidate for Arizona Teacher of the Year after receiving numerous awards and commendations in education. 

She developed, manufactured and sold a new typing and keyboard system for quicker learning. 

She was a member of the Welcome Wagon of Tucson.  She was a member of the Board at Tucson Federal Credit Union, and also the Pima County Retired Teachers Association, the Pima County Emergency Services Search and Rescue, also a Referee for the American Tennis Association. 

Barbara traveled in over 18 different countries including a Skywalk in the Amazon, Safari in Africa, flying over glaciers of Alaska and Canada, walking on the smoking Kailua volcano in Hawaii, teaching at the Wuhan University in China.  She loved the outdoors, spending hours enjoying the desert flowers, birds, animals from her swing on the back porch. 

Barbara is survived by her husband Bruce, her son, Alexander Scott Davenport, two grandchildren, Christopher and Dayle Davenport, sister Sally Johnson of Idaho, and brother Alec (Peggy) Robertson of Virginia, with numerous nieces and nephews. 

There will be no services. 

Remembrances can be sent to the Tucson Wildlife Center.

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