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Obituary: Vivian Davenport

Vivian Davenport

Vivian Davenport

Vivian (Scherer) Davenport, 92, passed away at home, in her sleep on Feb. 12. She was a 62-year resident of Arizona and lived the last 52 years in Kingman.

She was born Aug. 19, 1922 in Gregory, S.D., in her grandparents' home and was a registered Rosebud Sioux Indian.

In 1937, she married Wesley Sammeli and had two sons, Robert and Wilfred "Fritz." In 1942, she joined the workforce at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, working as a welder in support of the war effort during World War II.

Following the war, she met and married Orville Davenport, an Arizona native. Together they raised her sons and their three daughters, Helen Hutchins of Kingman, Charlotte Keller of Lake Havasu City and Victoria Torgerson of Mineral, Va.

Vivian was an avid gardener, sports fan and bowler - a 50-year member of the Women's International Bowling Congress and a charter member of the Kingman Women's Bowling Association. She was devoted to her family, especially "the little people" in the family, as she called the children.

Vivian is survived by her children; eight grandchildren - Kenneth Sammeli, Annie Simpson, Jacob Sammeli, Joanna Sammeli, Hollie Hutchins, Natalie Gianelli, Lowell and Brandon Torgerson; 11 great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers and four grandchildren, Daniel Olson, Cora Hutchins, Brian Gianelli and David Sammeli.

Services will be held at Sutton Funeral Home in Kingman at 1 p.m. Feb. 21. The family wishes to express its heart-felt gratitude for support and assistance by KRMC Hospice staff.