Thelma A. (McCown) Knowles

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December 18, 1933 August 12, 2017

Thelma A. (McCown) Knowles, 83 of Summerfield, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on December 18, 1933 to Dan and Helen (Baker) Mc-Cown in Beatrice, Nebraska. Thelma worked in the Pawnee City, Nebraska Sewing Factory for several years until it closed, then she went to work for Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Wymore, Nebraska until her illness. Thelma enjoyed her the chihuahuas and watching her birds, especially her humming birds and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard Knowles, son Robin Whitmore, grandson, Joshua D. Whitmore, sisters, Cleo Lichty, Joan McCown, brothers, Max McCown and Dan McCown. Thelma is survived by daughters, Betty (Robert) Burger, Summerfield, KS, Nina (Mark) McClellan, Marysville, KS, sons; Roger (Sheryl) Brown,Ohio, Shane Whitmore of Summerfield, KS, Scott (Dee) Whitmore of Beatrice, NE, Rusty (Donata) Whitmore of Pickrell, NE, Michael (Judy) Knowles of Beatrice, NE, 29 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, sister Judy (Larry) Johnson of Ashland, NE, brothers; Lonnie McCown of North Dakota, John (Roxie) McCown of Steele City, NE and several step family. Services were at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska. Officiating was Pastor Eric Biehl. Visitation was on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from Noon to 8:00 p.m, with family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City, Nebraska. Interment was at the Summerfield Cemetery, Summerfield, Kansas. Memorials may go to the family's choice. On line condolence may be left at


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