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Mary Lou Knapp(1930 - 2012)

Mary Lou Knapp

West Des Moines

Mary Lou Knapp, age 82, a resident of Edgewater Retirement community died on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. In agreement with her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, at Iles Funeral Homes, Westover Chapel in Des Moines. A memorial service celebrating Mary Lou's life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, December 28, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Allerton Cemetery in Allerton, Iowa with a private family committal service.

Mary Lou was born November 16, 1930, in Allerton Iowa, to Clare and Lora Dougherty. She was a graduate of Allerton High School and American Institute of Business (AIB) in Des Moines. She was married for 37 years to fellow Allerton resident Paul Knapp with whom she had three sons.

Mary Lou was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother and friend. As an "only child" she cared for her mother after her Dad died when Mary Lou was only 21 years old. She stood beside Paul, supporting him during the up times and down times of his business career at Iowa Realty. She was always available with some good conversation and loving advice for her children and grandchildren and would do anything for them. Mary Lou was a friend to everyone - the gas station attendant, the grocer, the teacher, the landscaper, the Iowa Realty agent, the bank teller, the classmates of her kids - they all loved her because she was so genuine in her kindness towards them.

Mary Lou was an accomplished musician and basketball player. She played saxophone in the Allerton high school band when she was in elementary school and won many solo awards in state music contests. She played six on six girl's basketball for Allerton High School and AIB and gave up the opportunity to play in a start up professional league when she chose to get married and raise a family. Mary Lou was named an All State forward in high school basketball and also had the honor to be chosen for Hawkeye Girls State in 1947. She was ranked number 1 at the National Music Competition during her senior year in high school. She traveled all over Mexico with her AIB basketball team.

Mary Lou is survived by her sons; Mike (Ellyn), Bill II (Nancy) and John (Tracy); by her grandchildren, Ashley, Bill III, Lora, Katelyn and Emerson; and by her great grandchildren, Clare, Abby and Logan. Her family and friends will miss her warm heart, quick wit and engaging sense of humor.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers from Edgewater, Deerfield and Mercy Hospice in Johnston for all their loving care over the last 4 years.

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Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2012
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