Loa Richie Davenport passed away peacefully on December 20, 2021 in Sandy, Utah, surrounded by the love of her family. She was 73.
Loa was born May 9, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Alma Richie and Loa Gertrude Meservy. She grew up in Seattle, Washington. She raised her four children in Kaysville, Utah. She was married to Alvin Davenport from 1968-1993.
She is survived by her siblings; Gwena Fish, Alma Richie (Joy), Renae Knapp and Naomi Silveira. Her children; Lisa Sanchez (Russ), Tamara Fitzgerald (Patrick), Brian Davenport, Tiffany Diaz (Erick); 11 Grandchildren; Annalisa Kruger, Salinas Cardenas, Skyler Fitzgerald, Zane Diaz, Caden Fitzgerald, Mercedes Diaz, Tea Diaz, Ariana Rosa Sanchez, Belen Fitzgerald, Kai Diaz, Tiffany Fitzgerald; 1 greatgrandchild; Braden Jude Kruger.
Loa received an education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she took her greatest joy in child development classes. She also completed Dental Lab Technician School in Sandy, Utah, in 1995, where she was Valedictorian and earned a reputation for making crowns and teeth.
Through a combination of persistence, gregariousness, and charm she was always the top salesperson in every company she worked for, which included- The Bon Department Store, Pre-Paid Legal, Tupperware, Bamix, Kitchenetics, Hallmark, and Danskin.
Loa was always smiling and loved to laugh. She had a pure passion for having fun. She made every holiday and birthday fun, and started everlasting traditions; like leaving our shoes by the front door for the New Year’s baby to come. She loved hosting parties and having family gatherings and making it fun. She loved having her home be where everyone could hang out and be themselves. She always was baking and making bread. Her most memorable recipes included: caramel corn, cinnamon rolls, jello salad, sugar cookies, and her famous slush that was taken to every family reunion.
She was her happiest serving as the Primary President in the Kaysville 15th Ward. She loved children and the primary songs. Her many talents and gifts included: sewing, baking, oil painting, gardening in her younger days, taking pictures and making memories, being the top sales woman, making others’ laugh, the ability to include others and be a friend to all. She had a gift for uplifting those around her and making the most of every situation by “winging it”.
Loa was always very patriotic and she loved our country. She had a strong love for the flag, freedom, and our Military. It was always important to her to be able to vote. She loved learning about her ancestors and where she came from. She always had a passion for the ocean, nature, and animals. She is best known to always have had a colorful flower in her hair.
Her greatest pride and joy was her grandchildren. She had little nicknames for all her grandchildren and loved them all so very much. She made them feel special. Being around them made her happy and full of life.
Her laugh and bubbly personality will be missed by all who knew her.
She made our house a HOME by filling it with happiness, music, laughter and love.
Of all her many accomplishments, her greatest joy was being a mother.
The family would like to express gratitude for all those who showed compassion and love during the years through their faithful visits, phone calls, letters, and little notes of kindness.
Her simple child-like faith in Jesus Christ is best expressed in her favorite scripture; Doctrine and Covenants 78:17-18; Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you;
And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.
A viewing will be held December 29, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the Hidden Valley 4th Ward, 1450 East Raddon Drive, Sandy, UT with a funeral following from 11:00 – 12:00 PM. Interment to follow services at the Provo City Cemetery.
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Life Story Info
My mom was my absolute greatest friend and advocate. I have a whole list of strangers in my memory who she told off in order to protect me...starting with the teenagers at Lagoon who slammed into us on the car ride and caused me to hit my head in the 1970s. She stood up for me so many times. She had no fear if it meant protecting me!
We laughed our asses off together so many times. We confided in each other. She was the only human I could talk to about literally everything. We cried our eyes out together until we realized how ridiculous we were and then we would start laughing again.
Today, the 70s band, ABBA, gave me the words to describe it, "You and I both know how the heartaches come and they go and the scars they're leaving, you'll be dancing once again and the pain will end. You will have no time for grieving. You and I cry but the sun is still in the sky. Try once more, like you did before, to sing a new song..." She taught me to love musical voices, especially the Alto singers, like Anne Murray and Karen Carpenter.
Oh man, who else could I ever talk to about angels? Who else would be more fun to go with to Mesquite? Who else could I ever call for no other reason, other than I am sad? Who else would accept me the way I am no matter what? NO ONE. Only my mom.
We love Loa. She often expressed her love for Scotland and her heritage. We spent many many days and evenings watching movies with her. We especially enjoyed watching "24" with her. We would arrive in the morning, start an episode, eat Taco Bell, watch more episodes. When it got dark outside, we would quit. Sometimes we went for a drive or would eat out. Sometimes Loa would fix lunch. We loved her lively spirit and firm convictions.
Loa, we look forward to seeing you again.
Jim and Jo Anne
Loa was in my ward in Provo, when we both lived at Peachtree Condos. I recall her teaching a Relief Society lessons for Homemaking. One night she taught us how to cut a pineapple and a watermelon. Another night it was bread making and she told me I had to learn by sight how much is a teaspoon of salt in your palm.. I have used both lessons over the past 30 years. I suspect she learned the measurements from her mother and my grandmother who didn’t use measuring cups and spoons. She was my cousin but peachtree was my first remembered interaction with her. I hope her beautiful family will be at peace with her passing.
We are just heartbroken that Loa is no longer physically here with us. She was just a true joy and an example to me. How she managed to be so exceptionally supportive and warm-hearted, even in the midst of the physical challenges, inspired me. I miss her and will cherish the memories I have of visiting and playing songs for her and her thoughtful text messages. She had a way of making me feel SO loved and that what I did with my music mattered....she was genuinely encouraging. Her kindness touched me so deeply.
Loa was one of a kind. I'm grateful her legacy of love, smiles, and warmth will live on. Her light and love are simply unforgettable.