Catherine Dorothy Francis Knight
Catherine Dorothy Francis Knight, 97, known as “Dottie” passed away April 3, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island, Neb.
Dottie was born on March 21, 1917 on a homestead farm north of Wood River to William and Mae (Neville) Francis as a twin with her brother Jerome. Other siblings included her sister Isabel, and her brother Billy who died of rheumatic fever at the age of 15. Dottie lost her mother to leukemia when she was only three.
She lived on the farm with her father until she began teaching at District 33 just east of Wood River. She moved in to Wood River shortly after she began teaching to make the travel to District 33 easier during the winter months.
She met her husband, Melvin Knight, known to all as Turk, while he was on leave from the Air Force where he served as a gunner during World War II. The couple married at St Mary’s Catholic Church on March 7, 1945.
She was famous for her cinnamon rolls and cinnamon bread and her house was the destination for popcorn balls for trick or treaters every Halloween.
She enjoyed camping, particularly when the children were young. Almost every weekend was spent at Johnson’s Lake with other families from Wood River. The family took many vacations in a converted school bus which the dubbed “Knight’s Krazy Kamper”. The bus was converted to a camper with the help of friends and neighbors. Dottie served as the co-navigator and primary fuel gauge monitor.
Dottie and Turk enjoyed playing golf, particularly after the Wood River Country Club was built and Dottie often played in the women’s league on Wednesday evenings.
She was an avid bridge player and reader of books. She loved sports of all kinds and was a big Husker fan.
Dottie served as a member of Saint Mary’s Altar Society as well as the American Legion Auxiliary. She also volunteered at the VA Hospital in Grand Island and worked as a part time librarian.
Dottie is survived by three sons and two daughters; John Knight of Chanute, Kan.; Chris Stavheim of Sandy, Utah; Joe Knight of Neligh, Neb.; Maureen (Scoot) Rennau of Wood River, Neb., and James (Fred) Knight of Lincoln, Neb. Dottie’s memory is also cherished by 11 grandchildren and one great grand child.
Dottie was preceded in death by Turk in 1985, her brother Billy, sister Isabel Gross, her twin Jerome and her daughter Patricia in February of this year.
Services were held April 5, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River, Neb.
It was Dottie’s wish that memorials be given in lieu of flowers. Suggested memorials are St Mary’s Building Fund and the Wood River Foundation.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.ApfelFuneralHome.com. ❖
Richard Lee (Dick) Cash
Richard Lee (Dick) Cash, passed away April 1, 2014.
Richard was born March 19, 1936 at Mullen, Neb., the oldest of seven children to Rollie Hughie Cash and Vera Lucille (Willis) Cash.
He attended school in the Mullen area and received his G.E.D. later on.
He married Edith Maxine Carr on August, 25 1956, in Mullen, Neb., at the Assembly of God Church. To this union were born five girls and he assisted in raising three more.
He was employed with Frankie’s Construction, Mathew Chevrolet and later he was owner operator of his own business.
He is survived by his wife Edith of 58 years and his six daughters and three sons-in-law. Rose (Tom) Licking of Seneca, Neb., Pat (Bob) Furrow of Alliance, Neb., DeeLynn Kramer of Mullen, Neb., Vickie (Tim) Dwyer of Gillette, Wyo., Opal Cash (Tony Leyva) of Marquette, Neb., and Jodie Freeze of Alliance, Neb., and his best bud Bandit. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren and two sisters.
He is preceded in death by his father Rollie, mother Vera, two sisters, one infant sister and JoAnn Kramer and four brothers, an infant brother, Roger, Kenny and Bill.
Services were held April 4, 2014, at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb.
Memorials are to the Dry Valley Cemetery, Cedarview Cemetery or Donor’s choice. ❖