Florence Imogene Knoll, age 87, of Colony passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Golden Heights, Garnett, Kansas.
Florence was born on April 29, 1928, at Crescent, Oklahoma. She was the last of nine children born to Charles Tucker Beckmon and Anna Marie (Chriestenson) Beckmon. She grew up in the Crescent and Enid area before moving to Kansas with her family when she was a teenager. On July 25, 1944 she married Elmer Junior Knoll at Iola, Kansas; this union was blessed with a son, Gary and a daughter, Connie. They made their home in Kansas City, Missouri where Florence worked in a bank. They later moved to Overland Park where Florence was able to stay home with their children. In 1970 they moved to the "farm" near Gardner where they lived until moving into Gardner in 1988. They made their home in Wellsville and Colony eventually settling in Colony where she spent the last 12 years. Florence attended the Colony Christian Church. She was a member of the Docey-Dandies Square Dance Club, Gardner, Kansas for almost 20 years. Florence is remembered for her cooking, baking canning and sewing. Her hospitality was one of her most notable traits, as she was always quick to make everyone feel welcome in her home and their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. She was a loving and supportive mother and grandmother who will be missed by all of her family. Florence shared a birthday with her husband and granddaughter.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer Junior Knoll on January, 18, 2007; seven brothers, Alvin, Alfred, Bill, Melvin, Cecil, Charlie, and Ralph.
She is survived by one son, Gary Knoll and wife, LaNell of Colony, Kansas; one daughter, Connie Strickling and husband, Randy of Olathe, Kansas; one sister, Hellen Starkebaum of Carbondale, Kansas; five grandchildren, Shelli Hornberger and husband, Brian; Brian Strickling and wife, Jennifer; Jennifer Southard and husband, Craig; Jessica Tovar and husband, Josh; and Amanda Lauri and husband, Michael; nine great grandchildren, Sabrina Hornberger, David Hornberger, Brayden Tovar, Blake Tovar, Bryce Tovar, Ian Southard, Alexa Southard, Kaylee Lauri and Melissa Lauri.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, 204 E. 4th St., Colony, Kansas. Burial will follow in Colony Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice and left in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left www.feuerbornfuneral.com.