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CAROLYN KNIGHT
The first editor of The Friday Flyer and community advocate passed away June 13, 2017, after battling major health issues her entire adult life.
Carolyn always valued education, and although her plans were placed on hold when she married at age 18, she never gave up her dream of earning a college degree. After 14 years of study and raising her two girls, she obtained her BA from CSUF.
Carolyn worked in the communication department of both Smith International and Carl Karcher Enterprises, where she wrote corporate histories for those companies. She married Vick Knight, the love of her life, in 1981 and they settled in Canyon Lake, where she became editor of the community's newspaper, The Friday Flyer. The office of The Friday Flyer plans to establish the Carolyn Knight Memorial Scholarship honoring her 25 years as Editor.
Throughout her life she battled a life threatening allergy to sulfites, and after many brushes with death, testified before the FDA and the House of Representatives on the dangers of this seemingly harmless preservative. It is because of Carolyn's efforts that you see sulfites listed on food and wine labels today. She penned her personal story in a book, Canary in a Coal Mine, in 1984.
As a breast cancer survivor, she was one of four Canyon Lake women who founded the Bosom Buddies Support Group, advocating for others facing the same battle.
She received many honors including being named Riverside County's first "Distinguished Woman of the Year", being named Canyon Lake Citizen of the Year, and receiving recognition from the YWCA and other civic groups. Most recently, a memorial resolution in Carolyn's honor was received by her family from the Board of Supervisors of Riverside County.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Vick Knight. She is survived by daughters Kathy (John) Blakemore, Meri (Skylar) Faria, Mary (Mike) Frauenthal; sister Sally Krefting, and grandchildren Molly, Gini, Sarah, Carlee, Hannah, Skylar Jr., and Madison.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, July 15th at 10 a.m. in the gym at Canyon Lake Community Church. Anyone wishing to honor her with a charitable gift is encouraged to donate to the Animal Friends of the Valley's Rescue and/or Education programs.
Published in Press-Enterprise from July 12 to July 14, 2017
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