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Mary J. Knapp, 78

Mary J. Knapp passed away on December 27, 2021, at the age of 78. She was born
on November 24, 1943, to Orville and Beverly (Dewey) Hockett. Mary is survived
by her daughter Susan Knapp; her daughter-in-law Kelli Knapp; stepsons, Andy
Hitchcock, and Steve Hitchcock; her sister Brenda (Ron) Hershberger; her
grandchildren Heather (David) Stine, Erika Bowen, Andrea Guthrie, Drew
Hitchcock, several great grandchildren including her 3-month-old great grandson
Weston Stine; her aunt Dorie Higgins; many cousins; and close friends. Mary was
preceded in death by her parents; her mother Pearl Hockett; her first husband
Ralph Knapp; her partner of 23 years, Merle Hitchcock; her son Wesley Knapp; her
sister Georgialynn Little; and her brother Lee Emert.
Mary and Ralph met in high school and married shortly after. They later divorced
but had two wonderful children: Sue and Wesley. She met Merle in 1979 and they
spent 23 wonderful years together until his death in 2012. Mary was a wonderful
mother and grandmother, who loved taking care of children. She lived for family
and was blessed to spend this Thanksgiving with her new great grandson Weston.
Being so very proud of all her grandchildren and family, her house was filled with
their photos, which she loved to share with her friends.
Along with her family, Mary had a special relationship with children that she
babysat, which continued into their adulthood. They thought of her as a
grandmother. Mary also enjoyed her circle of friends, sharing stories, meals, and
fun times together, and she will be dearly missed.
Cremation has taken place and a service is being planned for the Spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.
While visiting Mary’s webpage at please sign the
guestbook and/or sharing a memory with the family.

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