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WHITINSVILLE, MA - Betty Davis Knott, beloved wife of James M. Knott Sr., died peacefully at her home on February 11, 2018, surrounded by her devoted family and caregivers.
She is survived by her children, Janet L. Knott, Andrew M. Knott, and wife, Jayne (Fifield) Knott, James M. Knott Jr., and wife, Gigi (Gao) Knott, Edward Jeffrey Knott, and wife, Barbara (Glunn) Knott; and grandchildren, Jennie L. Knott, and partner, Philipp Bolt, Andrew M. Knott Jr., and wife, Angela (Jenkins) Knott, Nancy D. Knott, and fiancé, Matthew J. Crescio, and Elissa E. Knott.
Betty was a graduate of Brookline High School, and the Fisher School in Boston. She met Jim in 1947 at a Rockport Art Association dance on the Fourth of July, and the two were soon inseparable. After they married, the young couple moved to Wellesley to raise their family. They later moved to Northbridge to start Riverdale Mills Corporation, and spent their summers in Gloucester.
An accomplished woman with many interests, Betty was happiest cooking dinner for her family, balancing the books for Riverdale Mills, organizing the Wellesley Republican Town Committee, planning events with the Wellesley Garden Club, and contributing to her many interests in the Cape Ann Community. Her Episcopalian faith was practiced daily. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" was one of her many reminders of how to live gracefully in the world. Her passion for history, interior, and landscape design, reflected her artistic flair grounded in New England tradition. On Friday afternoons she could often be seen enjoying the Boston Symphony. Betty was a loving, strong matriarch and cherished friend, she will be dearly missed by many.
The Knott family wishes to acknowledge their gratitude for the many remarkable caregivers that supported and assisted with Betty's care.
Services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. Gloucester, MA, on Saturday, February 17, at 12 p.m. A celebration of Betty's life will follow at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send a donation in honor of Betty to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 13, 2018
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