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Josephine E. Davenport, City of Tonawanda teacher; Feb. 12, 1920 -- May 11, 2012

Josephine E. Davenport, a longtime elementary school teacher in the City of Tonawanda Schools and an elected official, died Friday in her North Tonawanda home after a long illness. She was 92.

Born Josephine E. Martin in Detroit, she graduated from the University of Buffalo and Buffalo State College with degrees in elementary education.

She began a nearly 40-year career in teaching in 1953, first at St. Mark's School in Buffalo, then for 36 years as a teacher of first, second and fourth grades at Riverview School in the City of Tonawanda. For more than 20 years, she served as a cooperating teacher for student teachers.

Mrs. Davenport was active in teaches unions at the local and state level, serving as secretary, vice president and president of the Tonawanda Education Association and as a delegate to the conventions of New York State United Teachers and American Federation of Teachers. She also was active in the AFL-CIO, serving on councils and committees and attending conventions for more than 20 years. She received many recognitions and awards for her union activities.

Mrs. Davenport, who considered herself a liberal Democrat, was a 35-year member of the PTA and was legislative representative of the Riverview School PTA. She also served as vice president of the Western New York Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women from 1980 to 1986.

A 47-year resident of the Town of Boston, Mrs. Davenport was elected to the Town Board in 1993 and served until 1997.

Mrs. Davenport and her husband of more than 60 years, Ormus W. "Doc," traveled throughout the world. He died in 2002.

Survivors include a son, Richard N.; two sisters, Helen Calhoun and Mary Frances O'Brien; a brother, Charles A. Martin Jr.; and her friend and companion, John Moore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.

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