Phyllis Catherine Schwarz McKnight


June 10, 2020 — Phyllis Catherine Schwarz McKnight, 89, of Florence, passed on May 21, 2020.

Phyllis was born July 27, 1930, in Fargo, ND. She attended Washington State University, where she met the love of her life, Robert “Bob” McKnight (who passed Dec. 24, 2013.)

They married on April 5, 1952, and moved to Florence, Ore., in 1954 and opened Bob’s veterinarian practice.

Phyllis was the right-hand assistant and chief employee to their growing veterinarian practice, as well as homemaker to their family.

Together, they are survived by their children: Jon McKnight (Karen), Brett McKnight (Jan), Mary Kay McKnight Rude (Nate), Kent McKnight (Tonya), nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Phyllis was active in the Florence community and with her family. She volunteered as Room Mother, Cub Scout leader, Job’s Daughter, Brownie leader, Florence Booster Club member, Delta Gamma Sorority member, at the community soup kitchen and numerous other volunteer activities.

She loved chocolate; she loved her family; she loved life.

Phyllis was always there to support the ones she loved in the best ways she knew how.

During the past year, Phyllis experienced declining health yet always kept a positive outlook on life.

On May 21, Phyllis passed in the loving care of the Hubbard Retreat, located at 5253 Heceta Beach Rd. in Florence.

A private service was conducted at Burns’s Riverside Chapel and Funeral Home on May 22.

Phyllis and Bob were longtime members of the Lutheran Church and attended the New Life Lutheran Church at 2100 Spruce St. in Florence.

Person’s wishing to contribute on behalf of Phyllis McKnight can send donations to the New Life Lutheran Church on Spruce Street, or to the Hubbard Retreat on Heceta Beach Rd.

Phyllis blessed those around her with love, amazing cooking and her infectious laugh.

We were blessed and she will be missed.

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