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"She cared beyond just what we were learning out of the books" Church Hill teacher dies from brain aneurysm

Monday, Church Hill Intermediate School lost one of its beloved teachers.

Crystal Davenport was just 40-years-old when she died suddenly from a brain aneurysm.

"The faculty, staff, and students of Church Hill Intermediate School would like to express our thanks for the prayers and support from our community.  Ms. Davenport was an outstanding member of our school family and loved by all who knew her.  She was known for always entering or leaving a room with her favorite statement – "Happy Day Everyone, Happy Day!"" Sherry Price, principal at Church Hill Intermediate School wrote.

We spoke with three ladies today who say her impact on everyone she met will continue to live on.

"She was such a loving girl, she would kiss me, she would go all the way around on my face kissing me before she would leave," Nancy Bowman, Davenport's Mother said.

"Crystal had an incredible way of making everyone feel like they were valued," Denise Depries, friend of Davenport's said.

"She cared beyond just what we were learning out of the books, she taught me life lessons even at just 10 years old," Kayla Bryant said who was in Davenport's first class of fifth graders.

Teacher, mom, daughter, and sister, Davenport wore lots of different hats, but no matter which role she was playing, "She loved everybody, I don't reckon she had an enemy…she loved everybody she met and everybody loved her," Bowman said.

"She just really wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to give up on myself, you don't find a whole lot of people like that anymore, so that was the biggest impact she made," Bryant said. "From the very first day we knew we were going to love her, because she just brightens up the room whenever she walks in."

Davenport was a single mom of two young daughters Cassie, 13, and Hannah, 15, and was a mother figure for countless others.

"She just really loved her students like a mom, she was like a mom to all of her kids," Bryant said.

A mom to many and a daughter to one. "She was one of God's children she was a loving daughter and everybody she came in contact with, she loved them," Bowman said. "She's in God's hands, she's not suffering anymore."

The women we talked to today about Davenport told us how much she valued education.

She put herself back in school to get her teaching degree and she wanted to be sure her daughters get a good education too.

So her mom is setting up a way people can donate to a college fund for her two girls through Eastman Credit Union.

The family is still arranging the details of the funeral.

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