Iola Fay Miller Knotts, 73, a resident of the Horseshoe Run Community, Parsons, passed from this life Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, 2013, at her home. She had been in her usual health and death was sudden and unexpected due to heart failure.
Iola was born Sunday Dec. 31, 1939, in Thomas, Okla., a daughter of the late Charles Abraham Miller and Opal Matilda May. On April 5, 1959, at Clinton, Okla., she married William A. Knotts who survives. They were renewed at their residence on Horseshoe Run on Aug. 30, 2011.
Surviving are two sons, Craig Knotts and wife, Mary, of Hedgesville; and Warren Knotts and wife, Barbara, of Horseshoe Run; a daughter, Louise Fegel and husband, Justin, of Owasso, Okla.; two sisters, June Marie Shepard of Clinton, Okla.; and Charlene Thornborough of Mountain View, Okla.; five grandchildren, Melinda Winston, Kimberly Locke, Ciera Fegel, Cory Jo Fegel, and Caden Karl Fegel; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Reed Winston and Levi Locke; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Iola in death was one granddaughter, Karli Justine Fegel; one brother, Lawrence Miller; and two sisters, Margaret Stevens and her twin sister, Viola May Steigman.
Iola attended Mullberry Mennonite Grammar School and graduated with a perfect attendance from Thomas High School in Thomas, Okla. From her humble beginnings on a wheat farm in southwestern Oklahoma, which she was very proud of, it was there that she developed a strong work ethic. She had worked as a media and external hard drive manufacturer for 3M Corporation from which she retired. She was a lifelong seamstress, a graphic T-shirt designer and had a love for dogs. She had attended the Parsons First Church of the Nazarene.
Visitation will be held at the Summerfield Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at noon. The Rev. Larry Filler will officiate and interment will follow at the Bonnefield Cemetery on Horseshoe Run Road. The Summerfield Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Iola Fay Miller Knotts.
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