Obituary: Dorothy Marie Miller Knight

Dorothy Marie Miller Knight, was 94 years old when she passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on March 20, 2022, in Carson City, Nevada.

She was born September 3, 1927 to Burton Arthur Howland Miller and Genevieve June Harrah Miller. She had one brother, Donald Arthur Miller. 

As a very young child, she lived on the outskirts of Los Angles and in Huntington Beach, California. In the first grade she moved to the San Joaquin Valley. 

She also lived in many rural places in California and Nevada. 

One of those places was Boulder City, Nevada where her Father, Uncle and Grandfather worked as electricians on Hoover Dam before moving to Ely, Nevada. Pearl Harbor was bombed during her freshman year of high school. 

She graduated from White Pine County High School in 1945. She attended San Bernardino Junior College in California, earning her Associates Degree in Science. 

She earned her Bachelor Degree in Education and her Masters Degree in Counseling and Special Education, K-12 in 1969-1970 from the University of Nevada in Reno.

She married William Allen Knight on June 22, 1948, at the Community Methodist Church in Ely Nevada. 

She taught Kindergarten at Sonoma Heights Elementary School in Winnemucca, Nevada for twenty years. 

She often commented that she gave her students a start on their education and her husband, Bill, gave them there their push to the next part of their life as an Auto Shop teacher in the high school.

She was a Cub Scout Leader and a member of the Nevada Retired Teachers Association.

She was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a Rebekah, for 74 years. 

She had 55 years as a member of Ely Rebekah Lodge #27 and 19 years as a member of Capitol Rebekah Lodge #14 of Carson City, and she was the Rebekah Chairman of the I.O.O.F. Pilgrimage for youth for 15 years.

She was a member Ely Assembly #2, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a member of Silver State Chapter #6, Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Advisory Board of Winnemucca Assembly #10, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, serving as Mother Advisor several times. 

She taught the MYF youth group, and was a Sunday School teacher at the Winnemucca Methodist Church. Teaching and interacting with youth were some of her greatest joys.

After her husband Bill passed away, she joined the LDS church, where she taught primary, served as Relief Society Secretary, librarian and visiting teacher. 

She loved the librarian job the most because she got to visit with members of the ward each Sunday.

She also loved visiting teaching and serving the sisters she was assigned. 

She was instrumental in the reactivation of several ladies, including one whose daughter taught in Kindergarten in Winnemucca, Nevada. 

She was loved and admired by the youth in the ward.  After she was less mobile, they would visit her at home.

She loved dogs and owned many over the years. She would tell you,” Some were real characters as pets. 

They developed real personalities. They love you unconditionally. They protect “their” property, guard “their” children and are just plain good companions.”

Her hobbies were Organic gardening (long before it was in vogue), sewing, ceramics, tole painting, and machine embroidery.

She believed good nutrition and prevention were the best medicine and chocolate was a food group.

She is survived by her four children, son, William Burton Knight and wife Shirley Knight, daughter, Bonnie Gay Knight Bunch and husband John Bunch, son, Francis Allen Knight and wife Ginger Knight and daughter, Anna Marie Knight Province and husband Gary Province. 

She has eighteen Grandchildren, ten Great Grandchildren and four Great Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Allen Knight, her brother Donald Arthur Miller and her daughter Penny Knight.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Capitol Lodge #4  I.O.O.F., 920 East Corbett Street, Carson City, NV 89706, on May 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

Instead of flowers, she asked that you make a donation in her memory to: A Plus Care Foundation    (The hospice that took care of her for over eight months), 227 Vine Street, Reno, NV  89503, or Nevada Diabetes Association, 18 Stewart Street, Reno, NV  89501, Attn: Tasha Thatcher.

If asked what she would like to remembered for, her answer would have been, “I liked children and that I cared about people.”

Her personal secrete for happiness was,” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Be happy with what you have instead of always wanting more.”