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Celebration of Life Ceremony: 11 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Flora
Visitation: 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, and on Thursday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church
Interment: Elmwood Cemetery
Alma Geraldine “Gerri” McKnight, age 80, of Flora, Illinois, passed away early Monday morning, February 24, 2020, at Flora Gardens Care Center.
She was born February 27, 1939, in St. Louis, Oklahoma, the daughter of Preston Lawrence and Rosie Ellen (Morris) O’Donley. She was united in marriage to Robert W. McKnight on September 19, 1958, in Grayville, and together they shared 50 wedding anniversaries together until his death November 29, 2008.
Gerri leaves a lifetime of love and memories with her kids and grandkids. She will be remembered for her good cooking and also how she enjoyed tending to her flowers and plants, especially discovering new varieties to transplant into her flowerbeds. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Flora where she had participated in the Friends Class and other activities over the years. Gerri had retired from working at Halliburton after 23 years.
She is survived by a daughter: Tina (Brad) Briscoe of Flora; a son: Rob (Angie) McKnight of Flora; 4 grandchildren: Christina Sisk of Flora, Matthew (Lindsey) Briscoe of Arlington, TN, Sarah (Nick) Brashear of Centralia, and Amber McKnight of Flora; 4 great-grandchildren: Ariana and Ryan Sisk, Gabriel Brashear, and Austin Briscoe; and a brother: Jimmie (Carol) O’Donley of Yuma, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Bob McKnight; and 2 sisters: Elva Lou Pottorff and Rosetta Risinger.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Flora, on the day that also commemorates what would have been Gerri’s 81st birthday. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, and on Thursday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to either Clay County Cancer Crusaders or Operation Christmas Star, and these will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence visit: www.frankandbright.com
Tina and Rob, Soo many memories. You and your families are in our prayers during these difficult times.
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Your family is in my prayers.
Rob and Tina, thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families.
Tina, So sorry about your Mom. She was a sweetheart. God Bless you all.
Such a sweet lady! We have wonderful memories of Gerri. Always a smile on her face. Hugs and love to you all.
Sorry for your loss. Praying for you.
We are so sorry for you loss. Our prayers are with you all.
Tina & Brad; Rob &Angie and Families: Our hearts are saddened for y’all but are happy for Gerri now that she is with her Lord. We’ll always remember her smile and friendship. She just loved Ryan when he was little and she always got so tickled at him during children’s programs at church. She was a lovely lady. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Gerri❣️
So sorry for your loss. May the many memories of good times past remain in your hearts forever.
So very sorry to hear of Gerri’s passing. She will be missed.
We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
Tina and Robbie, So sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Gerri. I have many good memories of her and Uncle Bob. I can't be there but I will be thinking of you and praying for all of you. Love Ernie, Cathy and family
We remember Gerri from Grayville High School. Gerri was fun loving, smiling and friendly. An asset to our alumni! Sorry for your loss.
Heaven gained a wonderful soul today!!! Gerri was a hoot every time I saw her!!!! We will be praying for you all!!!!!
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
The world is missing a beautiful lady..but I’m positive she is in heaven dancing on the streets of gold...we always loved her stories talking about Rob and Tina...praying for peace and comfort to all of you...luv u all
Bob and I are so sorry to hear about Gerri. We were with her 5 days a week for a lot of years at Halliburton. We had lots of laughs together and she told lots of funny stories about you kids. One thing I know, she loved her family more than life itself. And she loved her Church and had great faith in God. I know you’ll miss her presence but find comfort in your memories. Our sympathy to your family.
Tina And Robby so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. There is so many memories of your mom when camping at Charlie Brown and Halliburton. She was a loving and caring person. She is going to be missed a lot.
Tina and Robbie, We have so many wonderful memories of our families together. Your mom and dad were so much fun. Please know my heart is with you as you celebrate Aunt Dean’s life Thursday. May God hold you in His loving arms during this difficult time. Love and prayers.
So very sorry for the loss of your mother. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Sorry for your loss, but I bet Heaven is a lot happier now the family is laughing and hugging each other once again.
Tina, Robbie & Families: So sorry and saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. We treasure the memories of our many years of friendship beginning with high school. Think of you all often. Our love and prayers.
So very sorry for the loss of your sweet momma. Prayers for you all.
So sorry for your loss I always liked working with her And Bob at Halliburton they were very good people.
Tina and Rob. Your mom was a very great lady. Fond memories of her when we was growing up. So very sorry for your loss
So sorry for your families loss. I have so many awesome memories of coming to Flora for the family reunion. Geri was such an amazing cook. And I remember that laugh. She loved her family that was for sure.
So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady. Prayers of comfort for all the family.