Memorial planned for Maxine Bundy, 1915-2016

Maxine Bundy, who died last month at age 100, will be remembered at a service on August 5th. Here’s the tribute her family is sharing with the community now:

Maxine F. (Davenport) Bundy
August 30, 1915 to June 26, 2016

Mom was born Frances Maxine Plant on August 30, 1915, in small-town La Grange, Missouri. She would be the second of five children. At the time she was born, her father was in Montana working on a ranch. When he received the news, he hopped on a train and headed home to see his new baby girl. Maxine’s dad, always searching for the perfect job to support his growing family, moved them to Montana, where Mom spent some of her childhood years. From there, the Plant family moved to the Pacific Northwest. They lived in and around Seattle, primarily Rainier Beach.

Mom attended Emerson grade school and graduated from Franklin High in the class of 1934. Following high school, she attended comptometer school and went to work for Bell Telephone and Telegraph as a service rep. She met and eventually married Follin Davenport in December of 1940. In 1946, daughter Nancy was born and in 1949, son, Michael. Mom’s focus for the rest of her life would be the lives of her children and their families. She made sure that her children had all the opportunities she and Follin could afford. That included ballet lessons, ski lessons, music lessons, and more. She was active in the community as PTA president at Schmitz Park Elementary, Welcome Wagon, West Seattle High School Ski Club, Girl Scout co-leader, Cub Scouts and finally Fiorini Ski School. Many may remember our mom as having worked at Russell’s Jewelers.

Mom enjoyed the out of doors. She camped, skied, hiked, tried her hand at golf and even did a bit of fishing. She enjoyed hunting for wild blackberries and mushrooms with her sisters. Mom was a great seamstress, making clothes for herself and her daughter. She was always the consummate homemaker. Her home was always very neat and clean.

Follin passed away in 1985. In 1993, Maxine married Bill Bundy, a former neighbor. Throughout their 16-year marriage they enjoyed life and each other. They traveled widely, served in their church, entertained, and spent time with their families.

When Bill passed, Mom moved to Bridge Park, and for the next seven years she lived an active single life. She enjoyed the company of two special groups of ladies there and at church who supported and looked out for one another.

Mom has been described as warm, sweet, lovely, stylish, unique and indeed she was. As her children, we always knew her to be there in times of need, a companion and a good listener. She was a caring and able caregiver who was there through broken bones, measles, bee stings and more.

It should also be said that our mother was an avid Seahawk supporter.

Maxine is survived by her son, Michael Davenport (Nancy), her daughter Nancy Bringolf (Rick), seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Phyllis Keithly, of Yuma, Arizona.

A memorial service is planned for August 5, 2016, at 2 pm, West Side Presbyterian Church, West Seattle.

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7 Replies to "Memorial planned for Maxine Bundy, 1915-2016"

  • RC July 19, 2016 (9:59 am)

    Lovely lady.  One can only hope to achieve her grace.

  • WSince86 July 19, 2016 (10:46 am)

    How fortunate you all are that you had such a wonderful  lady for your mom.  Condolences on your loss. 

  • Barb July 19, 2016 (11:17 am)

    Maxine was such a loving, caring and compassionate  woman. We were so lucky to have her as a neighbor and friend. 

    • Nancy July 20, 2016 (7:10 am)

      Thank you, Barb.

      Nancy Bringolf

  • Fiona @ Schmitz Park July 19, 2016 (12:36 pm)

     I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet your mom in person, I was able to “meet” her as I researched Schmitz Park’s history.  We are so grateful that Mrs. Davenport was a leader in our community early on, please know that we benefited from her dedication.  My condolences for your loss. 

  • Suzanne Youngs July 20, 2016 (9:15 am)

    Maxine was a wonderful inspiration to us all.  She enjoyed life and was a beautiful jewel to the community of Bridge Park. 

  • Janet Bertelli July 30, 2016 (11:05 am)

    As a member of Bill Bundy’s extended family, let me say we mourn the loss of Maxine, a loving, kind, giving and forgiving person.  We valued her as “family ” for 16 years.  We were fortunate to have had her touch our lives.  May she rest in peace.

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