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In Loving Memory of Mary L. Knight (1955-2019

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 9, 2019
We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Mary L. Knight, who died on May 22, 2019, at the age of 64.

Mary was born on January 30, 1955, in Pendleton, OR to William Henry Knight and Sara Lou Knight. In 1979, she received an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Honolulu Community College, HI, following which she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in 1981. Mary became certified as a Public Health Nurse in 1986 and became licensed as a registered nurse in HI (1982), WA (1985), MN (1985), and OR (1994). She served these four states for twenty-one years as a nurse in Pediatrics and Maternal Child Health, before ensuing her call toward ministry. In 2007, Mary graduated from Marylhurst University, OR with her Master of Arts in Applied Theology.

Rev. Knight was welcomed into preliminary fellowship on May 14, 2007, and ordained on September 30, 2007, by the Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, WA (now UU Church of Vancouver). Following her ordination, she executed her community ministry as a Hospice Chaplain at the UU Church of Vancouver, WA (2008-2010); and at the UU Church of Spokane, WA (2010-2014). Rev. Knight achieved Final Fellowship in 2012.

In addition to her community ministry, Rev. Knight performed essential service to the denomination. She was a member of the UU Ministers Association; and a General Assembly Delegate (1983: Vancouver, BC) for the First Unitarian Church, Honolulu, HI. She served as a Choir Member, Care & Concerns Coordinator (1994-2002), and a Lay Minister (1996-1998), for the First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR. Furthermore, Rev. Knight served as a Music Director (2004), and as a Chaplain (2006), for the Pacific North West District Eliot Institute Winter Camp; and regularly preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Hood River, OR.

Throughout her life, Mary aimed at spiritual nourishment and healing for the community. She was a First Aid Staff for the International Special Olympics in MN in 1993; a painter for Habitat for Humanity Construction in 1995; and a Patient Support Volunteer for Hopewell House Hospice, Portland, OR in 1997. From 1997 to 1998, Mary served the Providence Child Center, Portland, OR in various positions: as an Interim Director of Family Resource Center; as a Coordinator of the CIRT (Community Information and Referral Team); and as a member of the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee on Staff Retention. She then functioned as a Service Excellence Diplomate (1998) for the Providence Health System, Portland, OR; and volunteered at the Portland Rose Festival Art Exhibit in 2001 and 2002. She was chaplain at the Signature Hospice, OR (2008-2010); and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, WA. Mary also performed as a Health Consultant for the Liberty Mutual Health Company.

In her spare time Mary enjoyed watching Jeopardy (“I’m good at it”) on TV, reading, cooking, enjoying nature, hiking walking, seeing/discussing films, visiting family and friends, playing board games, water aerobics and folk dancing.

Mary is survived by her mother Sara Lou Knight; her brothers Bill Knight, Tom Knight, Joel Knight, Dee Knight, David Knight, and Jim Knight; her cousin Susan Knight, nephew Tim Knight, and niece Julie Knight Iwayama; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Pacific Northwest, Alaska, California and Utah. She was preceded in death by her father William Henry Knight.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing, as well as to the PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society), PO Box 1037, Lynwood, WA 98046.

A celebration of Mary’s life was held on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205.

Notes of condolences may be sent to The Knight Family at PO Box 17761, Seattle WA 98127

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