Jill Kay Davenport Graves, 71, Bowdoinham, Maine: Aug. 24, 1952 – Jan. 2, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Jill Kay Davenport Graves, 71, Bowdoinham, Maine: Aug. 24, 1952 – Jan. 2, 2024

BOWDOINHAM, Maine – Jill Kay Davenport Graves, 71, passed away Jan 2, 2024, in Portland, Maine. She was born Aug. 24, 1952, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Harvey and Mildred Davenport.

Jill attended Osage City High School, Osage City, Kan., and graduated with the class of 1970. In 1974, she obtained her Bachelor of Education from Emporia State University, Emporia. Jill taught for three years in Hiawatha, Kan.

At the suggestion of a friend, Jill moved to Brownsville, Texas, to teach. For several years Jill taught in Texas, and traveled to Osage City during the summer, where she played with a softball team.

Jill met her husband, David Graves, in Brownsville, and they were married there on May 30, 1980. Both Jill and David were educators, who worked many years in Brownsville schools. They retired from teaching in 2010.

Every year Jill and David traveled to Osage City and then on to Bowdoinham, Maine, to visit David’s family in the Brunswick, Maine, area.

Jill loved to read and watch the birds and wildlife around their winter home in Brownsville and their summer home in Bowdoinham.

Jill is survived by her loving husband, David Graves; sisters, Jane Dustman and Judy Ashbaugh; and five nieces and two nephews. Her sisters truly miss having Jill in their lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Mildred Davenport; and sisters, Joyce Ryland and Joanne Davenport.

There will be a memorial celebration of life in Osage City at a later date. Burial will be in the Osage City Cemetery.


2 Responses to Jill Kay Davenport Graves, 71, Bowdoinham, Maine: Aug. 24, 1952 – Jan. 2, 2024

  1. Elizabeth Johnson says:

    Let me know about her burial if possible would love to me more of the family. I know she was very proud of her family. Elizabeth Johnson eannjohn@aol.com

  2. Anna Owen says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Davenport and Graves family.

    We met Jill and Dave at First Presbyterian church in Brownsville, Texas almost 40 years ago.

    We spent many great times together at the church, at our house as well as their home. She will be missed. We were sad to see them leave the valley permanently as they moved to Maine.

    My husband and I will always cherish the memories.
    Rest in peace Jill.

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