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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Wednesday, March 24, 2004

OBITUARY ~ VERLE FRANCES (McMAHILL) KNAPP
January 19, 1920 ~ March 17, 2004

Funeral services for Verle Knapp, age 84, of Sharpsburg, who died Wednesday, March 17, 2004 were held Monday, March 22, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Presbyterian Church. Private family interment will held in the Clearfield Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given in Verle's name.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Verle Frances was born in Ottis, Colorado on January 19, 1920, to Nella and Earl McMahill. Eight years earlier the person who was to be her husband was born just 15 miles away in Vona, Colorado.

Her family moved to Taylor County in 1925. She attended the Bedford Schools then graduated from Sharpsburg High School in 1938.

Verle and Coral S. Knapp were united in marriage on December 4, 1938 and their daughter, Karole Jeanne, was born on April 28, 1944. People told Karole Jeanne how proud they were of her mother for keeping a home for her in Sharpsburg while her father was serving in Europe during World War II. For many years, Verle attended and supported the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg before becoming a member.

Many people will remember being cream and egg customers of Knapp's Produce which Verle and Coral operated in the 1950's and early 1960's.

In Verle's middle years, she loved visiting family and friends and was delighted when they came and stayed with her. Verle would take extended trips to Dundy County Nebraska to enjoy places and people her husband knew. She and her current pet were always welcome in the home of her niece and nephew Ron and Pat DeWester. The urn in which Verle's ashes will be placed was made by their son Dick. When she visited her sister, Earlus in Utah, she was welcomed into the home of her niece and nephew Doreen and Thayne Smith.

Many loving, fun hours were spent with Jennifer and Jill Nimmo, her grandchildren by mutual choice and love. When it came time for her to leave Sharpsburg, she felt so fortunate to have her home purchased by young people who would continue to use it as a home and a place where people still go to have fun!

Those who are left to treasure and celebrate her life are those Who called her: Sister, Aunt, Grammy, Mom and Friend. They will remember: The Easter egg hunts, fried chicken, fudge, strawberry shortcake, parties for young people, passing President Ford's motorcade, "Star of the East," frogs in bird cages, embroidery, smocking, crocheted doilies, love of reading, jigsaw puzzles, music, welcoming weekend and summer visitors, card marathons, pets, wit, trust, and laughter.

Transcription and Submission by Lori Russo, June of 2014

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