The Summary of Life
Mary Magdalene Davenport, born in Buffalo, New York, raised in a God-
fearing home by her parents Pastor Ureese and First Lady Martha Chillis. Her parents preceded her in
death as well as her youngest sister Cathleen (Cat) Dunn. She received her early education in Buffalo
Public School #37 and graduated from Fosdick Masten Vocational High School, receiving her
certification in the field of Secretary. Mary loved studying, learning and was an avid reader of all
sorts of books, of course, The Holy Bible stood out among them all.
Among Mary’s many passions in life, she enjoyed teaching, especially Sunday School. After High
School, Mary received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at
Buffalo, a Master’s of Science Degree from Syracuse University, Biblical Studies Certification from
the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary and Leadership Fundamentals for University of
Mary worked as an Administrative Assistant for the University of Buffalo. Upon moving to
Houston, Texas she became employed at Exxon Corporation, as well as a Supervisor for the Board of
Texas Department of Protective and Regulator Services. Upon retiring, she decided to throw her hat
into Real Estate and even went to Law School for a short time.
Upon moving to the Richmond, Texas area, Mary became a part of the Word of Restoration
Church Family and, became actively involved with the Harvest Ministries and Heart of Compassion
Outreach Ministries, until her health began to fail. Mary loved her W.O.R. family and the
The leadership of Apostle Charles Perry, Lady Perry and working alongside other Leaders. She held a
special place in her heart for “Ma’ Perry”.
Mary was a “Miracle.” She beat the odds. Suffering a lengthy illness, her faith “never” became
shaken. She believed in God unconditionally, and would often say: “I Believe God.”
Mary is survived by her sister, Reverend Doctor Bishop Dolores (Dee) Sellers (Bensalem, PA); her
nieces Mrs. Kesha Thomas, (Bensalem, PA), Princess Dunn, (Buffalo, NY); nephews, James Patrick,
(Erie, PA) and Lawrence Patrick, (Buffalo, NY); God-Children, Angela Freeman (Brooklyn, NY),
Abel Perry (Bentonville, AR), Rachel Glover & Jerry Brice, Jr. (Missouri City, TX); a host of great
nieces and nephews, her special friends, Evangelist Linda Owens, Mrs. Doris Lindsey, Karen Brice
(Jerry) and the many others she took to heart. She leaves a host of cousins and other associates to
mourn and cherish her memory.
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