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Viola Marguerite Knox was born on April 4, 1925, at the Mater Clinic in Knoxville. Her parents were Glenn and Viola Ferne Briggs Knox and she had two brothers, Kenneth “Buzz” and Aaron “Bun” Knox. Marguerite graduated from the Tracy High School in Tracy in 1943 and, as a young girl in school, her favorite subject was history and she loved to read. Marguerite was employed by the State of Iowa Department of Human Services (known formerly as Relief Office, Social Welfare, Social Services) in the Marion County Office for 30 years. She worked closely with the Director of the Department on various projects. Marguerite was active in the Business and Professional Women’s Club and in 1995 helped chair the committee that designed the BPW float for the Knoxville Centennial. Marguerite always had a love for animals and was involved in 4-H activities when she was a young girl. She had a fancy for all types of jewelry and had several sparkling diamonds. Marguerite was always the traveler. In 1993, she flew on British Airways Concorde to London, England. This was a “Trip of a Lifetime”. While in England, Marguerite made a trip on the Orient Express through Southern England. She also witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and viewed the Crown Jewels. She sailed home on the Queen Elizabeth 2. In 2013, Marguerite became a resident at Griffin Nursing & Rehab Center in Knoxville and passed away on Feb. 18, 2016, at West Ridge Specialty Care in Knoxville at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 14 days. Marguerite is survived by two sisters-in-law: Mable (Kenneth) Knox of Newton, Marilyn (Aaron) Knox of Knoxville; seven nieces and nephews (her children): Kathi (Steve) Owens, Kenny (Kathy) Knox, Karla Jorgenson, Kevin (Laurie) Knox, Debbie (John) Brees, Dianna (Toby) Richards, Dennis (Stephanie) Knox; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Viola Knox; and her two brothers: Kenneth Knox and Aaron Knox. Marguerite enjoyed Southern Gospel Music such as the Gaithers and the Blackwood Brothers. She spent a lot of time on family history and research and cared very deeply for her family. Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 22, at the Community of Christ Church in Knoxville. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on  February 26, 2016
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