Catherine W. Knott, 93, homemaker

October 06, 2006

Catherine W. Knott, a homemaker and seashell collector, died of multiple organ failure Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 93.

She was born Catherine Williams in Baltimore and was raised in Mount Washington. She was a 1931 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1935.

In 1940, she married Charles A. Knott, a general contractor and philanthropist. He died in 1993.

"My grandmother loved nature and traveled to some of the world's most renowned beaches, including those in Hawaii and the Caribbean, amassing a collection of seashells that grew to several thousand," said a grandson, Robert C. Knott of Washington.

Mrs. Knott was also an avid bird-watcher and could identify a species by listening to its call, family members said. She was also an award-winning arranger of flowers and specialized in the Japanese style of flower arranging.

She was a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

A longtime resident of Blythewood Road in North Baltimore, she had lived for the last five years at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson.

"She was one of the first children to be baptized at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington, she was married there, and her funeral Mass will be celebrated there," the grandson said.

Her Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at the church at Smith and Greely avenues.

Also surviving are three sons, Charles A. Knott Jr. of West Chester, Pa., William Henry Knott of Towson and Henry A. "Chip" Knott of Ruxton; a daughter, Mary Catherine Knott Digges of Williamsburg, Va.; 14 other grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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