In Memory

Shirley Davenport (McSpadden) VIEW PROFILE

Shirley I. McSpadden, 53, a resident of Yelm for more than 15 years, died of ovarian cancer Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. She was born Jan. 5, 1946, in Tacoma, the daughter of Roy and Charlotte Davenport. Growing up in an Army family, she traveled the United States, returning to attend Mount Tahoma High School, graduating in 1963.

In 1964 she married Gary G. Meyer, who also was a career Army officer. They had two children, Christine and Todd Meyer, and traveled across the United States. She attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, studying English literature.

After a divorce, she married Nevin McSpadden in 1984 and the couple moved to Yelm. She worked as an office manager for Dr. John Leraas in Lacey for more than 10 years.

Mrs. McSpadden enjoyed reading, visiting museums, gardening, attending Mariners games and watching her grandchildren's baseball games. Through her love of flowers, herbs and vegetable gardens, she and Mr. McSpadden created a small home-based nursery business in Yelm called The Cat's Cradle. Her planting advice and quality tomato plants brought scores of customers to her doorstep each spring.

She is survived by her husband, Nevin McSpadden, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Christine Meyer and Andrew Rubin of Baltimore, MD; a son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Carrie Meyer of Yelm; 3 grandchildren, Courtney, Zachary and Christina Meyer, all of Yelm; and 2 sisters, Susan Dunn of Lacey, and Sally Jordan of Cummings, GA.

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