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Maryanne McKnight

1964 - 2013 BENNINGTON Maryanne McKnight, 49, of Waco, Texas, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at a local hospital. Funeral services will be Monday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at www.LakeShoreFuneralHome.com. Maryanne was born in Englewood, N.J., on July 10, 1964. She grew up in both Closter and Harrington Park, N.J., attending Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan and eventually graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt., in 1982. She attended University of Vermont and studied nursing briefly. She enjoyed putting pen to paper and was a gifted writer; however, her true passion was singing. She was a faithful member of Fellowship Bible Church and formed a singing duo with collaborator Hiram Solis, forming the passionate gospel twosome Hiram and Mary Anne. Maryanne moved to Waco in 1996. She worked tirelessly to support her family for several different companies over the years, some of which include The Brazos Club, Spenco Medical Corporation, and Grande Communications. Maryanne's gift of gab and articulate speech made a lasting impression on those with whom she conversed on a daily basis and enabled her to forge friendships with just about anyone. Maryanne met her devoted husband, Marion (Mac) Lovelle McKnight, in 2003 and they married Sept. 18, 2005. They were destined to be together, finally finding one another after a life time of searching. Although they did not biologically share children together, they too created a loving family nevertheless, with Mac embracing her "two- legged" kids and caring for the abundant animals which Maryanne fondly referred to as their "four-legged furry children." Maryanne was a loving wife and mother who will forever remain as Mac's soul mate. To those who knew her, Maryanne was one of the few selfless people left on this earth. She lived to provide for her family yet seldom took the time to focus on her own needs. She was infamous for her witty banter, her corny but perfectly timed jokes that usually went too far, and her eloquently soothing singing voice. She will leave behind a legacy of grace, and her children will pass down the traditions she started including but certainly not limited to: surprise Christmas presents in the tree, hiding Hershey kisses in clothes for Valentine's Day, singing "Hippo Birdies two Ewes" on birthdays, and loving people more than they think they deserve. As per a recent conversation with Maryanne, when asked if she could do whatever she wanted to do in life, what would it be? She responded by saying that she would love to be a radio announcer but didn't think it was possible right now. Obviously, God felt otherwise, as He called her back home to put her to work in heaven. She is sure to be singing and cuttin' up on heaven's airwaves right now, with angels just like her. Maryanne leaves behind her loving husband, Marion (Mac) Lovelle McKnight, 53, of Waco; sons, Michael James Powers, of Bennington, Vt., and Ian Charles Larson, of Waco; daughter, Caitlin Powers Groat, of Waco; mother, Suzanne Cook of North Adams, Mass.; father, Dr. John Gordon Bell of Doylestown, Pa.; sisters, Linda Bell of Bennington, Margaret Davis of Savannah, Ga., and Joanne Brooks of Adams, Mass.; brothers, John Gordon Bell III of Weld, Maine, and James Fredrick Bell of Savannah, Ga.; and not to mention countless friends and her church family. Memorials may be made to Fellowship Bible Church or or ministry of your choosing.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 4, 2014
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