Mary Lou Knox

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Mary Lou Prickett Knox, 89, passed away in Dallas, Texas on March 22, 2018, after a lengthy illness. Her passing was peaceful, painless, and ready for Glory. She was born on September 24, 1928 to John and Mamie Prickett on a farm outside of Dill City, Oklahoma. She was the seventh of 10 children and second of three girls. She attended Dill City schools all twelve years of her education and graduated in 1946 and honored with a special certificate for perfect attendance. After graduation she attended OSU for her Freshman year, when she got a call from Stan Keas, one of her former Dill City principals. He had transferred to be head of a small country school in Adrian, Texas and asked her to come teach for him. She accepted and began teaching at a very early age. She promptly enrolled at nearby West Texas State in Canyon, Texas to complete her college courses. While at Adrian, she was introduced to the son of a fellow teacher, Alberta Bones, and soon after became Mrs. Ted Bones. Ted was a Marine and shortly to be deployed to Korea. As with so many other American soldiers, was killed in action and unfortunately left behind a young wife that was expecting their son, Ralph. While finishing her degree and obtaining her teaching certificate, she met Martha Sullivan whom would be her friend for the next 67 years. Martha introduced her to Reuben Knox from Hereford, Texas. However, upon graduation she moved to Chula Vista, California to teach, with Ralph in tow and live with her sister Naomi. Reuben constantly wrote to her and made several trips to California and convinced her to move back and marry him. The newlyweds began to start a family while living in Herford, San Antonio, Lubbock and Hereford again. Additions to the family included Rosemary, Rosalind and Ray. Once the family was established, she began teaching school again. The teaching certificate Mary Lou had earned was for K-12 which helped keep her working in every town Reuben’s career led them. Including Hereford, Garden City, Kansas, Lubbock, Amarillo, and finally San Antonio, Texas in 1984. She taught many disciplines in elementary to high school. However, teaching home economics was her passion. Her career lasted into her 70’s when she reluctantly retired. Mary Lou and Reuben’s final home together was in San Antonio. Reuben died in 2001 and Mary Lou stayed on until 2008 when she decided to move to Cordell, Oklahoma where she could join family, reacquaint with childhood friends, and enjoy the slower lifestyle of a smaller community. Mary Lou became a member of First Baptist Church in Cordell and became involved with OHCE where she served as an officer. Mary Lou’s favorite hobbies were sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, bunco, and cooking. For several years she even wrote a monthly family newsletter. Entering her handmade talents in the Washita County Fair every year was another of her passions. She won several awards and in 2016 was selected to the Hall of Fame. Hobbies she and Reuben enjoyed included square dancing, following Barbershop Society conventions, traveling, and making lifelong friends in every town along the way. Mary Lou’s declining health and need to downsize prompted her to move to Integris Village in Cordell for the last three years. However, she never slowed down knitting, sewing, quilting and cooking. Most days she was joined by her nieces Jane and Louan. Her biggest pleasure was visits with her many generations of the family tree. All of whom she thought as special. Her further declining health necessitated her moving last December to assisted living in Keller, Texas which was near her granddaughter Sandi Walker who could help with daily care. Her further decline in health led to her death on March 22. She is survived by her children Rosemary Condon and husband Richard, Rosalind Johnson and husband Steve, and Ray Knox, her grandchildren Sandi Walker and husband Todd, Caitlin Johnson, and Clay and Curtis Chapman and six great-grandchildren Madeline, Savannah, Landon, Isabella, Julia, and Levi Walker. She is also survived by one brother, Jimmie Prickett and wife, Anna of Dill City, Oklahoma as well as several nieces and nephews, and even cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mamie Prickett, husband Reuben Knox, son Ralph Knox, six brothers B.P., Frank, Carl, Lloyd, Loy Elvin, and Joe, and two sisters, Naomi and Mildred. Memorial services were held Monday March 26 at 2:00 at Grace Baptist Church in Dill City with her brother Jimmie officiating. Music was provided by Anna Prickett and Jane Prickett Shull. Services were under the direction of Kiehn-Varner Funeral Home.