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Dec 26, 2017

DAVENPORT, Catherine A.


Catherine A. Gilbert Davenport, age 93 of Knoxville passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, December 24, 2017. Born January 24, 1924 in Germania, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mabel (Menken) Gilbert. Catherine worked on the farm with her dad as soon as she could walk. When she was 8 her dad put her on a set of plows with a team of horses and she plowed by herself. After she graduated high school she went to work at Galeton Production but still milked cows before and after work. She married Paul B. Davenport on August 17, 1949 and still continued to come home to help her dad and mother on the farm. She has done all farm work. Later on she worked at A.W. Luggs store and Leather’s in Knoxville. Catherine and Paul bought the Signor Davenport Hotel in the 60’s and together they operated the hotel until it burnt in 1976. She then went back to work at Luggs until it went out of business and took care of elderly folks. She enjoyed farming & the outdoors and loved Ernest Tubbs, Alan Jackson and her cats. She was a busy body. Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Gloria and Gordon Hurler of Knoxville and Paula and Terry Dunham of Westfield; four grandchildren, Lisa Hurler Payne, Paul Hurler and Cathy Flynn, Kristy and Tony Downs and Travis and Kasey Dunham; 8 great grandchildren, Ashley, Shaylon, Corinna, Jessika, Krystal, Logan, Kaylee and Abby and three great great grandchildren, Harper, Jaxden and Ayliana. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Leland Gilbert and two sisters, Rita Mosch and Leota Macensky. Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield on Thursday 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, 11:00 AM with Rev. Larry O’Dell officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, 725 Gee Rd., Tioga, PA 16946. To send an online condolence visit, www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.

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