Betty Jane Knight, 93 of Morton, IL, formerly of Malvern, IA, passed away on November 23, 2018 at the St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, after a short illness.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Malvern United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Malvern Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Malvern.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty's name are to the Malvern United Methodist Church or the Malvern Student Loan.
Betty Jane Knight, the daughter of Mildred Charlotte (Rounds) and Gerald Allison Buffington, was born on July 28, 1925 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She grew up and attended school in Glenwood, Iowa, graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 1942 from the Glenwood High School. Betty attended Simpson College and Buena Vista College and obtained her teaching degree in Special Education.
Betty married Edward Wightman Knight, son of Edward William and Mary Fern (Wightman), Knight of Malvern, Iowa, on June 15, 1952 in Glenwood. They made their home in Malvern and their marriage was blessed with three sons, Matthew Edward, Mark Allison, and Theodore Luke.
While her husband Edward owned and operated Collins Drug Store in Malvern, Betty kept busy raising their family and teaching at the Malvern schools, then later at the Glenwood State School and Area 13 until her retirement.
Betty was a member of the United Methodist Church in Malvern, church choir member, and a scout den mother. She enjoyed watching birds, especially cardinals, flowers and spending time with her friends and especially with her family.
Betty and Edward had been married almost 42 years when Edel died on June 10, 1994 at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Betty continued to make her home in Malvern until the summer of 2006, when she moved to Morton, Illinois, to live near her oldest son, Matthew.
Betty passed away on November 23, 2018 at the St Francis Medical Center, in Peoria, Illinois after a short illness. In addition to her husband, Betty was also preceded in death by her parents.
Betty is survived by her sons, Dr. Matthew Knight and his wife Sue of Morton, IL, Mark Knight and his wife Angela, and Ted Knight, all of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Stuart Knight and wife Abby of St. Louis, MO, Heather Hoschek and her husband Eric of Washington, IL, Kelly Simpson and her husband Christian of Wellston, OK, and David Knight of NYC, New York; two great grandsons, Teddy and Wally Hoschek; and a host of friends.
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My thoughts and prayers to your family. Kari (Shere) Abel
Matt, Mark and Ted,
So very sorry for the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Doug and Diana Burchett
Matt, Mark, Ted, so very sorry for the loss of your Mother. I have many fond memories of your Mother.
Sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mom. God Bless, Donna White Rieken
Matthew, Mark and Ted. Please accept my most sincere sympathies at the loss of your Mother. Sincerely Joanna Shere
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