leaannHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. - Dr. Lea Ann Davenport, age 41, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on April 17 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Lea Ann was born on April 27, 1971 to William P. and Ann Davenport in Madisonville, KY. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Madisonville. She graduated from Madisonville North Hopkins High School in 1989. Subsequently, she attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, graduating in 1993 with a BS in Biology. Lea Ann was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She then attended the University of Kentucky School of Dentistry where she earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1998 and a certificate in pediatric dentistry in 2000. Lea Ann was a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She practiced with Dr. David Moore in Charlotte, NC from 2000-2002 and with Tina Merhoff in Winston Salem, NC from 2002-2005. Currently, Lea Ann was in a partnership with Davenport, Brummer, and Travis in Evansville, IN.

Lea Ann is survived by her parents and her daughter, Lily-Ann, who was the highlight of her life. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Kermit and Agnes Oglesby and Claude Davenport and Lila Dunnigan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Crossroads Christian Church in Evansville, IN on Saturday April 20 at 1:00pm with visitation from 10:00am until the time of the service at 1:00pm. There will also be visitation Saturday evening from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville, KY. A private burial will be held at a later date.

A special thanks to Sandy Brown who served as a caregiver for Lea Ann from the time of her diagnosis until her passing. The family sincerely appreciates the love and support given by her many patients, friends, and colleagues.

Memorial contributions can be made in Lea Ann's memory to Friends of Mental Health ℅ Southwestern Behavioral Health, 415 Mulberry Street, Evansville, IN 47713 or UPMC ℅ Raizman Haney Fund, 3600 Forbes Ave and Anmeyran, Suite 8084, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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