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Mother Marion A Davenport

May 20, 1938 - June 10, 2024

Burial Date: June 17, 2024

A celebration of Marion’s life will be held on Monday, June 17, 2024 at Refuge Church of Christ, 13-15 Hawkins Street, Waterbury CT. Calling hours will be held from 10-11am and the Homegoing Service will begin at 11am. Burial to follow at New Pine Grove Cemetery. Funeral services have been entrusted to Colonial Funerals, 270 West Main Street, Waterbury and James R. Sanders, Funeral Director. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.

Mother Marion A. (Shannon) Davenport began her eternal rest on Monday, June 10, 2024.  She was the widower of the late Bishop Isaac L. Davenport.

Marion was born May 20, 1938, in Okisko, VA to the late Reverend Clayton and Maggie Ann (Turner) Davis.

Marion, was raised in Fentress, Virginia; and later relocated to Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  She graduated Salutatorian from P. W. Moore High School in 1957.  She served as class president, founder of N.H. A. Club, member of the Dramatics Club, and Student Council. She played the part of Eddy in the Junior Class play, “It’s The Doctor”.  During her junior year, she was selected as secretary of the Science Department. During her senior year, she served as a reporter for the Student Council.

Marion relocated to Waterbury, Connecticut after she graduated.  She married Mr. Clifton Shannon, Sr. in 1957 and to this union six children were born.  They were blessed with 24 years together until his passing.  On July 24, 1993, she married Bishop Isaac L. Davenport, and was blessed to gain six stepchildren.

Jonah, as she was affectionately known, was employed by Anchor Fasteners in Waterbury, CT for over 30 years until her retirement as a Quality Control Inspector and Machinist.  She also worked for Dorest Manufacturing in Thomaston, CT.   She loved to care for people.  She worked for Allied Community Resources, East Windsor, CT.  She provided Home Care Services for her youngest son, Donald K. Shannon; Home Care Services for Pastor Lloyd and family, Bridgeport, CT; and Home Care Services for Mrs. Bradley, Cheshire, CT.

Mother Davenport was a member of the Little Zion Church of Christ. After her marriage to Bishop Isaac Davenport, she became the First Lady and State Mother of the Connecticut Southern Diocese.  She also served her local church as a Sunday School Teacher, Usher, Women’s Council member and President of the Ministers and Deacons Wives’ Guild.

Those who will cherish her memory and continue her legacy are, four sons: Clifton (Dianethia) Shannon, Jr., Robert (Belinda) Shannon, Reverend Selwyn (Bobbie) Shannon, Donald K. Shannon; one daughter, Jacqueline Y. Harper all of Waterbury, CT; five stepchildren: Isaac Davenport, Jr., Brenda Davenport, Jermaine Davenport, Reverend Michael Davenport, and Robbie Davenport; two brothers: George D. Davis of Waterbury and Reverend Elwood L. Davis (Addie) of Elizabeth City, NC; two sisters: Pattie L. Overton of Allentown, PA, and Thelma L. Lewis of Waterbury, CT; 29 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family.

She was predeceased by a son, Michael M. Shannon, Sr.: a stepdaughter, Gwendolyn Davis; and five brothers: Reverend Walter, William, Minister James, Caldwell, and Charlie Davis; and three sisters: Jessie M. Gibson, Rosie and Clara Davis.

A celebration of Marion’s life will be held on Monday, June 17, 2024 at Refuge Church of Christ, 13-15 Hawkins Street, Waterbury CT. Calling hours will be held from 10-11am and the Homegoing Service will begin at 11am. Burial to follow at New Pine Grove Cemetery. Funeral services have been entrusted to Colonial Funerals, 270 West Main Street, Waterbury and James R. Sanders, Funeral Director. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.