Ann R. Knott, Homemaker And Volunteer

August 23, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Ann R. Knott, a homemaker who was active in several organizations including the annual Flower Mart, died of complications from a stroke Tuesday at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 92.

Ann Reed was born in Baltimore and raised on Park Avenue. She was a 1935 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame, where during her senior year she taught English to Chinese men at Grace & St. Peter's Episcopal Church, family members said.

In the late 1930s, she attended Strayer Business College, and during World War II was a secretary at Overseas Air Service in Oakland, Calif.

In 1941, she married John Leo Knott Sr., who later became president of Henry A. Knott Remodeling Co. Inc.

The former longtime Guilford resident, who moved to Edenwald a decade ago, was a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and was a founding member of the ladies auxiliary of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

An active member for many years of the Women's Civic League, she was the major provider of lilies of the valley that she grew in her garden for the organization's annual Flower Mart, held in Mount Vernon Place.

She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, where she enjoyed golfing.

Mrs. Knott was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday.

In addition to her husband of 68 years, Mrs. Knott is survived by three sons, Frank Knott of Baltimore, John L. Knott Jr. of Charleston, S.C., and Michael Knott of York, S.C.; six daughters, Annmarie Lerch, Rosemary Haynes, and Mary Mart Balko, all of Baltimore, Jane Henderson of Shillington, Pa., Betty Bates of Springfield, Mo., and Terese Kelly of Jacksonville, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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