Evelyn Ruth (Knight) Knop the daughter of Nick and Laura Anna (Davis) Knight was born on July 24, 1925, in Glidden, Iowa. She passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa at the age of 97.
Evelyn was one of eight children born to Nick and Laura, plus one half-sister. Evelyn attended Ralston Schools till the age of 8th grade. At the age of 18, she moved to Atlantic to live with her sister, Dorothy Lane, and began working.
On October 16, 1945, she was united in marriage to Donald Henry Knop, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Anita, IA. They began farming in 1945. To this union, four children were born: Donna, James, Nancy, and Angela.
Evelyn worked as a nurse aide for the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, Iowa, from 1963 to 1967. Then she worked at the Cass County Memorial Hospital from 1967 to 1990.
Evelyn was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. She was active in LWL, teaching Sunday school, ladies’ circle, quilting circle, and folding church papers. Evelyn enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, and Oregon. She also loved going on Caribbean Cruises.
She was preceded in death by Donald Knop; Son, James David Knop; Daughter, Angela Janeen Knop; Brothers George Knight, and Harold Knight; Sisters, Dorothy Lane, Margaret Ford, and Virginia Seymore; Stepsister, Rosetta Chase.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Donna Markham (Terry) of McMinnville, OR, and Nancy Russell (John) of Griswold, IA; grandchildren, Brenda Houser (Aaron), Betsy Schwab (Dave); great-grandchildren, Russell Houser, Adam Houser, Amanda Houser, Molly McFadden, Mason McFadden, Ethan Schwab, and Jacob Schwab; step-grandson, Tyler Schwab.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa, with Rev. Kyle McBee officiating. Interment will be held following the funeral at Atlantic Cemetery. The luncheon will take place following the committal in the reception hall of the Zion Lutheran Church.
Open visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Atlantic, Iowa.
Memorials may be directed to the Evelyn Knop Family in memory of her. They will be designated to many of her favorite local organizations and activities. They may be mailed to the Schmidt Family Funeral Home (P.O. Box 523, Atlantic, IA 50022).
Funeral arrangements are handled with the Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Atlantic, IA.
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