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Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2023

Location: Grace United Methodist Church

Reception: Following the Service

Interment: Riverview Cemetery, Jefferson City, Missouri

The Service Will be Streamed on the Church Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064756596149&sk=live_videos

Geraldine “Jeri” Davenport, 84, passed peacefully on Friday, April 28, 2023 at home. Her wife and partner of 44 years, Janet Tyler, and sister-in-law, Carol Vernava were at her side, as well as her Boston Terriers, Poppy and Piper.

Born in Kirksville, Missouri, Jeri attended Jefferson City High School, followed by five years at the University of Missouri, where she earned a BS in Sociology and a MS in Counseling and Student Personnel Services. She was a member of Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority, and MoMaids Synchronized Swimming Team.

Jeri went on to have a long 42 year career as a Girl Scouts of the USA administrator for Heart of Missouri Girl Scout Council and Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, during which time she was honored with the highest of the GSUSA awards for adults’ outstanding service as well as a national recognition given by the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff (AGSES) who initiated her into their Hall of Fame.

She volunteered in various capacities at her church and loved traveling in the U.S. and abroad with Jan and friends. Always comfortable and challenged by the out of doors and water activities; her very full and active life included being an avid gardener and cook, teaching Red Cross swimming lessons, whitewater canoeing on rivers in Southern Missouri, float trips with friends on lakes and rivers, and slalom skiing on any body of water that beckoned her.

Jeri was preceded in death by her father and mother, John L. and Geraldine Davenport; and her brother, Captain Robert D. Davenport, USAF. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jane Wiley (Jim); nephew, Charles Michael Summers (Celeste); great-nephew, Carson and great-niece, Savannah; and cousins, Elaine Christensen (Bob), Dyanne DeGrasse (Dave) and Patricia Hartwig.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Grace United Methodist Church with a reception to follow. Interment will take place at a later date in Jefferson City, Missouri. Donations in Jeri’s memory may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 1209 Country Club Drive, Newport News, VA 23606, or to the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, 912 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Jeri and her indomitable spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

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#7 Brooke Scott Piercy 2023-05-06 20:30
I am so glad to have known Jeri (and Jan). What kind and fun souls. And, of course, I'll always remember the Bostons. Sending love and wishing for calm and peace to you, Jan!
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#6 Sara and Ramey 2023-05-04 20:02
What a sweet and wonderful human being! Jeri was a fun loving adventurer with a super smile! Rest in Peace, friend! We are certain that you are leading activities in heaven!
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#5 Ben and Susan DeVane 2023-05-04 19:35
Jeri was a joy to know. We will all miss her and cherish the time she was in our lives.
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#4 Shalonde Calhoun 2023-05-03 14:54
In 2 years you have made a impression on my heart. I love you and will miss you dearly!
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#3 Carlton Hardy 2023-05-03 12:29
Rest in peace, dear Jeri, and know that you left your "footprints" on my heart.
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#2 Gloria Moore 2023-05-02 11:01
Jeri was one of God’s earthly angels. She will truly be missed. So glad both she and Jan came into my life.
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#1 Bobby and Ann Berrie 2023-05-02 00:29
What a wonderful person and friend. She will be missed by many. Love you Jeri
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