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Colleen Knight

Colleen was born August 22, 1927 in Promise City, Iowa to Corydon Minor and Lora Anderson. She had six siblings: Enid, Ellis, Clare, Karolyn, Fra and Naomi (who died as an infant).

As a child Colleen was blessed with a beautiful voice. At the age of 2 she could sing 32 songs and was inducted into Ripley's Believe It or Not for her special gifted voice as the "Child Wonder". She also knew many nursery rhymes. Her Sisters Enid, Karolyn and Fra gave her such encouragement-what an accomplishment for such a little girl.

When Colleen was 6 years old her mother passed away. Since her Dad traveled for work with the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a trumpet player she spent most of her younger years growing up with her Grandma Flora and older Sisters. At the age of 16 her Dad remarried Lena Anderson. Colleen attended school in Mt. Ayr most of her school years. During her senior year she moved to be with her Sister Enid in Cleveland, Ohio where she graduated from high school.

She moved back to Mt. Ayr in 1946 and married Marvin Reynolds November 9th. They were married 27 years and during this union they had three daughters; Cathy, Carri and Debra.

In 1971 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was able to beat the odds and continue on her journey of life.

During those years she was actively involved in the United Methodist Church, Eastern Stars, Ringgold Singers and Ringgold County Saddle Club. She was employed as a cook at the Mt. Ayr High School and worked most of her career as a dental assistant. She retired in 1994. Colleen remarried in 1994 to Duane Knight and they divorced in 2008.

Colleen spent most of her life in Mt. Ayr but once she retired she was able to enjoy several years in Phar, Texas.

In 2005 she moved to Carroll, Iowa until April 15, 2015 then moved back to her hometown, Mt. Ayr, as a residence of the Clearview Nursing Home.

Throughout her life she enjoyed many things including: crocheting, playing bridge, bowling, singing in many choirs, baking (she had the best cinnamon rolls around and made birthdays very special), shopping, walking (with her Best Friend Doris Rule), enjoying her place at the lake, spending time with family and friends, volunteer work especially for the Breast Cancer Survivor Organization in Carroll, Iowa.

Colleen ended her journey of life on July 3, 2015 at Clearview Nursing Home leaving behind 3 daughters Cathy (Wayne, Son-in-Law) Shoesmith, Carri Duckworth, and Debra (Kenneth, Son-in-Law) Robertson; grandchildren Wayde (Mindy) Shoesmith, Waylan (Tonya) Shoesmith, Wendy (Terry) Thurman, Amanda (Jason) Meusburger, Scott Duckworth, Jason Duckworth, Jeff Robertson and Justin (Kimberlyn) Robertson; great grandchildren Ashleah and Nathan Shoesmith; Jordan, Trey and Taydem Shoesmith; Michael, Matthew and Mitchell Thurman; Tanner, Kayela and Thomas Schneider; Colton Duckworth and Chelsea Whitham; Vanessa Robertson; and Owen Robertson; sister-in-law Dorothy Reynolds; several nieces and nephews closest living to Colleen were: Judy (Royce) Dredge of Mt. Ayr and Martha Pine of Creston; too many friends to mention as she made friends with everyone she met.

Preceding her in death were her parents Corydon Minor and Lora Anderson; step-mother (Lena), grandmother Flora Anderson; grandpa and grandma Sharp; siblings Enid (Harold) Chatfield, Clare (Harriet) Anderson, Ellis Anderson, Karolyn (Matt) Bevington, Fra (Elmo) Roe and Naomi Anderson.

Colleen loved life, family and friends and most of all God. Growing up in the depression she learned a lot of about life and what was important. She taught her family many things and one thing she would always say to her girls was, "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep".

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.

  • Visitation

    July 05, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    July 05, 2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    July 06, 2015
    10:30 AM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Monday July 06 2015

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Sorry to hear of your loss. She was a great lady and a lot of fun. I know how much she cherished her girls andgrandchildren. Many memories from the many good time at Ruth''s Cafe. My thoughts are with you and your families.

Posted by Jackie (Cavender) Reichter - Woodward, IA - friend   July 08, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the loss of Colleen, we had some great times, she used to dance to our music, The family affair. She and Marvin were great dancers. Great lady, with a great smile.

Posted by Lou Thornton - Urbandale, IA - friend   July 07, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our Prayer for you that God may comfort each of you. May fond memories flow and bring a smile to your face and warm your hearts. May Jesus abundantly encourage and see you through this time of sorrow and may He draw you closer to Him as His Loving arms of grace and strength hold you close.
WE are so thankful to have known Colleen and want to thank you for sharing her as we remember times spent with your family.
With Love,
Bob, Kyla, Megan and Wyatt

Posted by Bob McClain - Grant City, MO   July 06, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Colleen''s passing. She was a joy to work with when I worked for Dr Crain and we shared a office with Dr Lawhead, She was witty and enjoyed talking with her about her life and music. Heaven got another angel. Sympathy to her family.

Posted by Kathleen Myers White - Creston, IA - friend   July 05, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My heart aches for you all. Heaven has gained a beautiful voice. With deepest condolences.

Posted by Leesa - Creston, IA - Friend   July 05, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We will miss you Colleen but now you are in the arms of God. You were and still are and always will be a very special lady to us. It is your time to rest your family will be fine.
A note from myself (Rose) my dear survivor sister you were so special to me to all of your survivor sisters. You will always be in our hearts and in our minds. You were a model of strength to us all. My dear sister good bye for now but we will meet again one day.
Love you always

Posted by Walter and Rose Thomas - Carroll, IA - Friends   July 04, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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