Rose Davenport (McClelland), age 44, died suddenly on Sunday, June 4 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan, Saskatchewan.
She was born in Red Deer, AB to Brock and Mary-Anne (LeBlanc) McClelland and was the youngest of three children. Rose did most of her schooling in Estevan, SK, before moving to Brandon, MB to attend Brandon University to become a teacher. On October 12, 1991, Rose married the love of her life, Shane Davenport. After completing their teacher degrees, Rose and Shane moved to Wasagamack, MB for three years to teach. The couple moved back to Brandon and welcomed two sons, Cole and Carter, before returning to Estevan.
When they first moved to Estevan, Rose was a stay-at-home mom, devoting all her time and attention to caring for her boys. After a few years, Rose returned to the classroom, teaching Grade 1 at Hillcrest for many years. She was an outstanding teacher, winning the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008. Following that, Rose wanted to broaden her influence, so she worked as an RTI coach to support children who were struggling in all grades at Hillcrest School. Over the past two years, she worked as a consultant with children who are learning to speak English in 21 different schools across the South East Cornerstone School Division. She worked on some very important educational projects which have been shared province wide. She also supported students throughout the summer in order for them to receive high school credits so they could graduate.
Rose’s life was not only focused on teaching children in school, but it was also devoted to sharing her faith and teaching young people about Jesus. She started a weekly children’s club called Hiz Kidz, spent weeks each summer running Vacation Bible School programs, and organized monthly activities for the youth group at church. She also sang and played piano with the worship team at church.
Rose will be forever remembered as a woman who loved God and her family above all else. She proudly stood with Shane and watched as Cole and Carter grew into caring and compassionate young men. She attended as many of their events as possible and documented them all with pictures and videos. She took great pride in forming relationships with the colleagues and students who were lucky enough to work with her. Rose was a loving, caring, and loyal friend who will be greatly missed by all who had a chance to know her.
Rose’s memory will be forever cherished by her husband Shane Davenport; sons, Cole and Carter Davenport; parents, Brock and Mary-Anne McClelland; brother Harvey (Susan) McClelland; sister Theresa (Kery); Shane’s parents, Dennis and Linda Davenport; brother, Dean (Tracy) Davenport; sister Lori (Kevin) Nicholls as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She will also be missed by her special puppy and friend T-Bone.
The Funeral Service for Rose was held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Estevan, with Rev. Randy Kleemola presiding. The private family interment took place immediately following the service at the Estevan City Cemetery, after which the lunch reception was held at Westview School.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 917A Albert St, Regina, SK, S4R 2P6 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.
Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for all acts of kindness and love during this difficult time. We would like to thank the paramedics, doctors, and nurses for their hard work. Thank you also to Pastor Kleemola for the amazing service and the Praise Team for their music. A special thank you to our Westview family and all other Southeast Cornerstone Schools, School Community Councils, and the Days Inn for putting on the luncheon. Thank you to Yvonne and the staff at Hall Funeral Home for their compassion, caring, and guidance. We are forever grateful to our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours who have shown their unwavering support in our time of need. In lieu of individual thank you cards, we will be making a donation to The Canadian Diabetes Association in memory of Rose.
Shane, Cole, and Carter Davenport