Peacefully, in the early morning of Wednesday December 29, 2021, God called his beloved daughter Ingrid Patricia Davenport into his kingdom. Her Husband, youngest daughter Samantha and her sister’s Anita and Sharon were with her at the time.
Born in Bernice, Guyana on July 6, 1957 to parents Carmina Gomes and Rudolph Davenport. Ingrid is the eldest daughter of surviving 9 siblings, Rudolph(Greg), Aubrey, Clement, Lance, Monty, Sean, Debbie, Anita and Sharon.
In 1978 Ingrid ventured to a foreign land with her siblings to build a better life and future. While in Canada, she devoted herself to work as a seamstress to sponsor her two children and her Jenet and Charles then 7 years and 6 years old. She was married to her first husband Francis Dias. Ten years later she gave birth to two more children Tyrone and Samantha.
Life in the household wasn’t always a suitable one but mom made it happy by sacrificing much for her children. She sewed their clothes and made sure they were always fed, took them on outings and above all, gave them lots of love.
One memory of a moms love is when she would cook meals, give it to all the household and eat last or not at all. When her eldest asked why she wasn’t eating, she would say, “it’s important that she take care of her family first”. This had a huge impact on her daughter because to this day she always leaves the last portion of her meal for someone else.
On August 22, 1991, Ingrid remarried to husband Julian Medford. While dating her one requirement was that if he wanted her he would have to accept her with all her 4 children. With open arms he did just that. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary just 4 months before her passing. Julian has been a devoted husband at her side every step of the way, especially since the last year of her sudden illness.
Mom is best known for her devotion to her family, her sense of humour and for her servant-hood.
To her children Jenet, Charles, Tyrone and Samantha, she is our hero and our best friend and the true essence of the proverbs 31 woman, “her children call her blessed”.
She was the epitome of the the silent hero in Matthew 25:35-39. She fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, invited the stranger in, clothed the homeless, looked after the sick and visited those in need.
Her household was always filled with food. And if it wasn’t cooked, she would go cook something and say, “it’ll only take 5 minutes “
There was always room to lay ones head, music to brighten ones spirit and laughter heard around the house or anywhere she was for that matter. Oh how she loved to laugh. Oh yes! Mom loved to “ skin her teeth” as we say in Guyanese. She proudly showed her 64 teeth, we would joke.
To her family and friends, she was the cheerful helper. She loved to clean and cook and she was always smiling. She was full of joy and always the life of the party. She was positive and spontaneous. She loved to travel. She was lit, generous and adventurous.
Most importantly, nothing was ever too hard for her, she always said “ if you’re going to do something, muss do it with your whole heart!”
She was the hardest working woman we know, never idle, but always always working, wheather in her home or outside of it.
As a Young woman she was given the name “MAGGA LION”
For she was skinny but she was STRONG! Even unto death she was strong! However, although the strength was no longer physical, her mind was Powerful! A Strength only given by God Himself.
Mom had the gift of making you feel like you were seen. When you left her presence, you always felt better than when you came in. She truly had riches that money can’t buy. She had a big heart and was so full of the love of God.
Mom, We celebrate your life and your heart of gold and your loving soul that makes you so beautiful. We love you. This is your biggest adventure yet. You will be eternally missed by all as you enter your eternal kingdom.
2 Corinthians 5:8
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
1 Corinthians 15:50-57
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a [a]mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.