Sue Ann Knote, 80, rural South Whitley, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she had been wonderfully taken care of for a day.
She was born May 27, 1936 in Huntington County, a daughter of Dane and Rena (Fairchild) Knote. Shortly after her birth, her mother passed away and she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Arthur and Lavelle Barnes, the only parents she ever knew. Her formative years were spent in Plum Tree where she attended school. She graduated from Rock Creek High School and received a bachelor degree from Medical Technology College at Elkhart University.
Following her graduation, she worked for Whitley County Memorial Hospital and later for Lutheran Hospital for 24 years. Once her parents became more dependent on her, she moved from her home in Fort Wayne to the family farm in Whitley County.
Sue Ann loved nature – watching birds, deer and all animals that would appear in the backyard which were very special to her. She also loved the many cats she raised as if they were her kids.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jack Knote; and a sister, Phyllis Knote.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The burial will be in Star of Hope Cemetery, Huntington.
Preferred memorials are to Humane Society of Whitley County.
Smith & Sons Miller Chapel is in charge of arrangements.