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Helen Knowles

April 26, 1925 ~ April 3, 2014

Helen Elizabeth Knowles, 88, passed away on April 3, 2014 in Sugar Land, TX. Helen, the daughter of Jesse and Clara (Grigsby) Hoyt, was born on April 26, 1925, in Anthony, KS, but grew up on a farm west of Caldwell, KS. Helen graduated from Caldwell High School and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She was a teacher for 40 years and taught in Kansas, Nevada, and Arizona, including 7 years in Elfrida, AZ, and 13 years in Willcox, AZ. Helen played the organ for 30 years in church and was heavily involved in establishing softball leagues for girls in Willcox, AZ. She loved softball and always enjoyed watching it.

On August 7, 1955, she married Louis Charles Knowles, in Caldwell, KS. They first resided in Ethiopia, where Louis was a water well driller. When they returned they moved to Las Vegas, NV and then settled in Willcox, AZ in 1971. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, and husband. She is survived by her 3 children: Warren of Willcox, AZ; Brian of Glendale, AZ; and Cindy (Bennett) Harris of Sugar Land, TX; her grandchildren: Stephanie and Trenton of Sugar Land, TX; sister Carol (Paul) Hess of Caldwell, KS; sister-in-law Vera (Harry) Branham of Dallas, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the loving kindness of the staff of VITAS hospice and Temporary Health Care (THC). At Helen’s request, no services will be held. Private cremation was entrusted to Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Houston, TX, with burial in Caldwell, KS.

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Mildred (Petrik) DelForge

Family and Friends - 04/07/2014

My condolences go to the family of Helen Knowles. I knew her as Miss Hoyt, my freshman English teacher in 1952-53 in Caldwell, Kansas. She was a very enthusiastic teacher and was a great influence on my becoming a teacher, also. I know that she was special to so many students during her teaching career. She was certainly a wonderful influence in my life. She made teaching so exciting to me.

Mildred (Petrik) DelForge


Frank & Pat Ender

Family and Friends - 04/17/2014

Carol, Paul and families-

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, during this trying time.


Marilyn Lungren Houlden

Family and Friends - 04/21/2014

Helen was also Miss Hoyt to me as she was my English teacher my freshman and sophomore years at Caldwell. In fact, fellow classmate, Sibyl Ingle Snyder and I were candlelighters at her wedding to Louie Knowles. Her sister, Carol, married a cousin of mine, Paul Hess. Helen was, indeed, a special lady. My condolences to her family.



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