Larkin Mortuary

Rachel Davenport Smith

04/10/1923 - 10/25/2017

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Our dear mother and grandmother passed away on October 25, 2017.  Rachel was born at the home of her parents William Thomas Davenport and Edith Amanda Wade Davenport on April 10, 1923 in Paragonah, Utah.  Her early years were spent in Southern Utah where she graduated from Parowan High School.  Rachel married Calvin Boyd Smith on August 29, 1944 and was later sealed in the St. George LDS temple.  The couple were married for 73 years.  Rachel’s husband and family were the center of her life, as was her lifelong faith in Jesus Christ.  She held many callings in her ward and stake and served for 15 years in the Jordan River Temple.

Rachel is survived by her beloved husband; 5 children Gary Shan (Deloris) Smith, Dana Rae (Ralph) Anderson, Kirk D (Bonita) Smith, Monte Boyd (Sonja) Smith, and Mary Diane (Dennis) Dowdle; 32 grandchildren; 85 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren.  She was also survived by a sister Margaret (Kay) Hansen.  She was preceded in death by her parents; 5 sisters Mable (Byron) Montague, Dot (McKay) Smith, Sarah (Victor) Robinson, Wilma (Clark) Lamoreaux, Hazel Jean (Boyd) Robinson; a brother James Wade (Donna) Davenport; and a daughter Sonya Lu (Frederick) Hale.

We will miss our sweet mother and grandmother.  Funeral services will be held at Noon on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the LDS Chapel (Institute Building) at 9501 Poppy Lane (940 East) in Sandy.  Friends and family may call on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 East 10600 South in Sandy and on Saturday from 10:00-11:45 am at the church prior to the service. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens.

Many thanks to the Doctors and nurses at JVMC who cared for our mother in her final hours and to the staff of Carrington Court who likewise cared for our mother.


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  • We were sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. They were part of such a great generation. Her example of love and compassion helps us want to be more like her. Sorry we will not be able to attend the services, but our hearts will be with you all. May you all receive an extra dose of peace and comfort. Love to you all.

    Alan and D.Anne Robinson and family

    — Alan and D. Anne Robinson
  • Sending our condolences for the lost of your dear mother. Our thoughts and prayers be with you all.

    — Nick Atwood
  • Dear Dana and Diane, I was so sad to hear of your mom’s passing. I saw the message on FaceBook while at the airport in Los Angeles. We were waiting to board a plane to Australia. I am so sorry to miss the funeral. Your mother was so kind and sweet, and I have enjoyed visiting with her over the years. I know that she is in a much better place and can only imagine her reunion with Sonya. How joyful that must have been.

    I was feeling so sorry for your father, but then on the way back from our trip, again I saw on Face Book that your father had passed away just a couple of weeks later. You must feel comforted that they are together again. I send my love to you and your family. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    — Liz Margetts