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Barbara Ann Shepard Knous

Memphis, TN

Barbara Ann Shepard Knous died in her home on April 24 at the age of 95.

Ninety-five years well-lived. An athlete in her youth and the only daughter of 4 children, she learned to compete and excel early. She was a good golfer and a great speed skater, medaling numerous times. It was the first of many things at which she would excel. Graduating from Iowa with a degree in Home Economics, she met Joe Knous and fell in love. Soon after they married, he volunteered for WWII. They were married for 54 years until his death in 1998.

She was content wherever they lived - Northern Minnesota, Iowa, Dallas, and then came to call Memphis home in 1963. She helped raise 3 daughters while teaching school full time (Humes, Kingsbury and eventually CMDS and Colonial Junior High) and earned her Master's Degree in Education in1966 from Memphis State University.

When she wasn't educating, she was skiing at Pickwick, baking bread and Meem cookies, playing tennis at Chickasaw, knitting or making her garden into "Yard of the Month."

Once retired, she continued tutoring at Grahamwood and driving the tram at Memphis Botanic Garden. She loved to read and shared that love with her children and all children. She loved to socialize, throw parties and rarely missed a happy hour. She was a wonderful teacher, a loyal friend and mentor to many, a thoughtful gift-giver and prolific note-writer.

She leaves a legacy of enthusiasm, perseverance and fun!

In addition to her husband Joe, she is predeceased by her 3 brothers John, Robert and Louis Shepard, "adopted sister" Bessie Mae Patterson and her heroes Harry Truman, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and Pat Summitt.

She leaves 3 daughters - Ashley Faulk (Pat Hutchins), Barbara Faris (Bob), Nancy Knous; granddaughter Carrie Dungan (Ian), great granddaughter Ellie and 2 large orange cats, Pete and Sam.

In lieu of flowers, she was crazy about Memphis Botanic Garden and deeply moved by the work at St. Jude.

Visitation will be at 2:00 on Sunday, April 30, at First Evangelical Church. A memorial service will follow at 3:00.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 28, 2017
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