Shann (Shirley) Driver Davenport of Harbor Springs, Michigan walked on November 1, 2019 peacefully, as this is her true nature. Born May 22, 1937 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan the daughter of Genevieve Moses-Issac and Clifford Driver, she grew up in the southeast portion of lower Michigan. She graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1955. She is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
Shann relocated to California and worked many years as an Executive Secretary. Returning to Michigan to be closer to her family she eventually set roots in Fowlerville, Michigan and worked for Chemtrend, Inc. in Howell, Michigan where she retired.
Upon retirement she decided once again to re-join her closest sibling, Arlene Foremen and family and relocate to northern Michigan, in Harbor Springs. This is where she called “home”. Prior to her final relocation she secured a position with her Tribe in the Human Services Department in order to fulfill a lifelong passion to help Native American Indian children who were removed from their parents and facing foster care, as she became a foster child as a young girl. She considered this her greatest accomplishment and was very proud that in some of her final days with us she reconnected with a child she helped who became a successful young woman with a higher education degree and even adopted her siblings with plans to continue her education.
She attended Anishinabemowin and Living Well with her Tribe along with other tribal functions. Shann was an avid reader with a house full of books. Loving all the classics and stories of Paris, she also found reading and quotes from Bukowski, who her grandson introduced her to, quite entertaining. There was always a book close at hand. She was a huge fan of Minnie Mouse and by some was even called “Minnie”. She was known by many for her extraordinary talent sewing and designing special items giving each one her own special love and delicate touches often using her own vision to make her projects finalized.
Her greatest joy were her own children: Susan (Su), Jim, Susan M., and Ann. What made her world go around was her grandson Patrick and his son, her great-grandson, Holden. As well as her grandson Devin, granddaughters: Natalie, Elizabeth (Liz), and Lauren; and her newest grandson, Roman. Her other grand-children from Jim; John, Sarah and Erik. Nieces and nephews she held close to her heart; Michele, Michael, Janeane and Kaylene (Nina) with many great nephews and nieces and their children. Her youngest sister, Peggy Hudson was separated from her siblings which led to many years of a diligent search. They were united and she built a strong relationship with many conversations and visiting catching up and to find that Peggy had four children that overjoyed her; Anthony (Tony), Michelle, Dominic and Justine including their children were all frequently on her mind and in her prayers. Reuniting brought her so much joy and the closure of the long search.
She will be missed by many who she touched throughout her life and always remembered for her generosity, sensitivity, wisdom and love.
A favorite quote: “Start where you are, Use what you have, Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe.
Arrangements are in the care of Stone Funeral Home, Inc.
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