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Saturday, September 24, 2011

My husband's mother, Georgia, passed away yesterday following a short illness.  She was 85 years old.  She was born November 6, 1926, to Carlos and Rose Knox of Clifton, Ks.

Georgia never attended school past the sixth grade.  She dropped out of school to help raise her siblings.  She was the oldest of eight children.  The family moved several times in the Clifton, Ks area. She worked at several jobs during her teen and young adult life, until she married Dale, who survives her.  They had been married 65 years at the time of her death.

Dale and Georgia raised ten children. My husband is the oldest.  He has five brothers and four sisters.  The brother closest in age to him died following cancer surgery in 2008.

There are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren.  One grandchild, our daughter, Teresa, died in a house fire in 1999.  When the family has family dinners,they rent the American Legion hall to accommodate the large crowd.  It can get pretty wild, with everyone trying to talk, some playing cards, children chasing each other around having fun, tons of delicious food brought potluck.

Georgia's faith was her strength.  She was a devout Catholic, as were her parents and her siblings. It was her most desired wish that her children would grow up mindful that Jesus is their Savior.

Georgia was always interested in crafts.  She loved doing embroidery work.  Tea towels were stitched with loving fingers and given away as wedding and shower gifts to each new bride in the family.  She also sold them to people who stopped by the booth she shared with her husband.  He makes custom gun stocks for rifles and shotguns, with beautiful walnut wood and delicate etching and checkering.  They traveled together to gun shows all over the country.

The two of them loved to travel and purchased several motor homes and trailers to live in during their travels.  They took several of the older children with them in their travels at times, visiting the national parks and other scenic byways of this great country.

During the past year, Georgia suffered several health setbacks and was hospitalized numerous times.  Her last illness kept her hospitalized for several weeks, culminating in her death on September 23, 2011.

There will be a vigil and Rosary on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Turner's Funeral Home in Clifton at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Clifton, Ks. on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.  Graveside services and internment will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery north of Clifton, immediately following the service.  A dinner will be held for family at the church following internment.


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