Margaret Sue (Harms) Knoll
1955 - 2020
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Margaret Sue (Harms) Knoll

After an unrelenting battle with cancer, Margaret Sue (Harms) Knoll, 64, passed away peacefully in her Tucson home, surrounded by family.

Margaret was born in 1955 in Hillsboro, Kansas, to the late Andy and Lilian (Just) Harms. She is survived by husband Tom, children Tim (Heather) Knoll of Tucson and Katie Knoll of Scottsdale, and brothers Roger, Larry, and James.

Margaret met Tom during the most successful blind date ever, which commenced their 41 year marriage. This "made-for-each-other" couple raised their two children, Tim and Katie, mostly in Kansas. Margaret was proud to be Grammie to young Piper and Parker.

Margaret was a prolific quilter (hand-sewn baby quilts for all!), an expert in the kitchen, an amazing pianist, and with Katie, loved to "shop 'til they dropped" (sometimes literally). For decades, Tom and Margaret could be seen cruising around town on a "bicycle built for two" in Salina and in their favorite vacation spot, Frisco, Colo.

In her 40 years as a nurse, she found Labor & Delivery to be her greatest calling. Here, her patients left with both a new babe and a new friend and advocate in Margaret. To say she touched the lives of family, friends, and patients is an understatement. To know Margaret was to adore her and to instantly feel like close family. Her beauty, smile and quick wit were matched only by her selfless care of others. Even in her last days and despite her own pain, she cracked up her own nurses, family, and friends.

Now in Heaven, Margaret is surely rejoicing in her new 'life', having been reunited with her parents and countless others that have passed before her, while she waits for Tom to join her for the rest of eternity.

The family asks that you honor Margaret's life by finding ways, both large and small, to help those less fortunate, smile at strangers, be forgiving of others, vote (!), donate blood, and LOVE LOVE LOVE. Oh, and feel free to get a wee bit too tipsy from a single glass of wine in her honor!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support continued ALK+ lung cancer research at

A celebration of Margaret's life will be at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert in Gilbert, AZ . The date will be announced post COVID when we can safely gather and share her life with all those that loved her.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
She was a great nurse and I knew it would be a great day at work with her. Cindy Eller Rumsey
Cindy Eller Rumsey
October 18, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss.
John Marietta
October 18, 2020
Margaret was one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve known in my life. She was a close and dear friend to my late wife Mary, who thought the world of Margaret. Hopefully they are quilting together again in a beautiful place. The world needs more people like Margaret. She leaves behind so many friends and that’s a huge testament to quality kind of person she was.
Jim VanEmburgh
October 17, 2020
Margaret was like a sister to me. I loved her and enjoyed our monthly luncheon dates that would last for hours. We never were at a loss for words. We always had lots to talk about. I miss Margaret so much❤❤
Joan Edmonds
October 17, 2020
Margaret was such a special person. I met her working labor and delivery in Salina. I loved quilting with her and our long lunches. She always was so positive and such a kind person. I miss her very much. I can only imagine the loss you as her family feel. I know she didn’t get much time with those wonderful grandkids she longed for you so. She will always be with you
Cheryl Higgins
October 17, 2020
Margaret, always a smile!! You could see how much she loved her husband, children and Oh those grand babies!!! She will be soo missed!
Nancy Schroeder
October 17, 2020
What a beautiful a tribute for such a wonderful lady!
Carrie Kline
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