Keith & Keith Funeral Home
YAKIMA - Norma Evans Tree Davenport, 96, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013. She was born October 30, 1917 in Burley, Idaho to Joseph and Adelia Evans. She was the next youngest of seven children. She grew up in Burley, ID, Park City, UT, and Yakima, WA. While in Park City, she met and married the love of her life, Lewis E. Tree. They were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They moved to Honolulu, HI in 1941. Their first son, Norman, was born there and was nine days old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. It was a scary experience for them. Her studies at Cannon Business College were cut short by mandatory evacuations from the island.
Upon returning to the mainland, they moved to Salt Lake City, UT where she worked at Remington Arms rolling powder in 45mm machine gun primers. From there they moved to Vancouver, WA where she worked in the shipyards as a welder. While there, their second child, Louise, was born.
Next, they moved to Sunnyside, WA where they purchased and operated Tree’s Market from 1946-1971. She had various other jobs including a surgical tech at Sunnyside General Hospital and was also on the board of directors there. She also owned and operated Norma’s Knitting Shop. She was president of Business and Professional Women’s Club, and president of the PTA. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked with the young women of the church for 20 years. Their last three children, Ginger, Linda, and Jim, were born there. She loved Christmas time and all the decorating inside and out for which they won the best decorated house several times. Her loving husband, Louie, passed away in 1970. Much to the delight of all her family, four years later she met and married Jerome Davenport. In 1982 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As soon as she was cleared by her doctor, they left on a six-month mission for the LDS church in San Francisco, CA.
When they returned, they moved to Yakima where they lived until their passing. They took many wonderful trips all around the world, including Europe, Panama, and Korea. She had many cute sayings that she passed on to all of her children and their families. She spent hundreds of hours knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, crafting, and making things for her family.
She is survived by her children: Norman (and spouse Sallianne) Tree of Kansas City, MO; Louise (David) Church of Salt Lake City, UT; Ginger (Lee) Linsenmeyer of Glencoe, OK; Linda (Ron) Hatfield of Yakima, WA; and Jim (Sharon) Tree of Yakima, WA; 29 grandchildren, 114 great-grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her infant son James Harold, one grandson, 5 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.
She was the best mother, wife, and person the world has seen. She will be greatly missed by all of us. We love you Mother, we really do!!
Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 5-7 P.M. at Keith & Keith Funeral Home and on Monday, December 30th, 2013 from 10 to 10:45 A.M. prior to the service at the church.
Funeral Services will be conducted Monday, December 30th at 11:00 A.M. at the Yakima 2nd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 4307 Englewood Ave. Concluding services will follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Keith & Keith Funeral Home.
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