Elizabeth Margaret Knott - October 1919- March 2015
A woman who knew her own mind…and she was invariably right. She instinctively made important life decisions such as building, buying and selling at the most opportune moments. She started life with everything stacked against her succeeding and had to quit school during the depression. But she was unstoppable. She designed and built seven houses plus designed and built an eighteen-hole golf course as well. She was strong willed, opinionated and she not only knew what was best for her, she knew what was best for everyone else as well.
Widowed in her sixties it was suggested that she would now have to spend more time with other women. Absolutely not! She promptly had a facelift and made a list of criteria for the next man… tall, played bridge, played golf, liked to fish, liked to travel, a good dancer and, most important, liked to cook as she never did. And being a natural beauty she soon found one - the first of many companions to be replaced as they died off… Gradually as the pool of available men became fewer, her list grew shorter…. down to “liked to cook” and then “drive at night” was added.
I loved her and admired her but our mother-daughter relationship was difficult and complex. She had no intention leaving this world peacefully and didn’t… Someone may be taking her to an unfamiliar place but that won’t stop her from telling them how to get there. There will be NO service. She herself arranged it years ago so she goes straight from the mortuary to the grave and no obit as she didn't want anyone knowing her business.