Mary Olive Knapp

July 4, 2023

With deep sadness we share the passing of Mary Olive (Phelps) (Gialy) Knapp, on July 4, 2023, at the age of 91, in Carson City, NV. She was the daughter of Holly and Vera (Adams) Phelps.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gene Phelps, son Andy Gialy and daughter Patti Gialy.
Mary was an owner/partner in the CPA firm of Knapp, Cook & Williams. She was appointed to sit on the Nevada State Board of Accountancy by governor, Michael O’Callaghan, and was honored by the Carson Chamber of Commerce as Woman of the Year in 1978.
Mary also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, and the local Soroptimists club, as well as serving as a trustee for the Carson-Tahoe Hospital. For many years, she was a tireless supporter and volunteer for the Carson City annual Whistle-Off.
Wherever there was music to be found, she had to be up and dancing.
Mary was born in Kirksville, Missouri and moved to Lovelock with her family while in grade school.
In 1949 she graduated from Pershing County High School in Lovelock and went on to complete the required education for her CPA certificate from the University of Nevada at Reno.
She is survived by Stuart Knapp, her husband of 51 years, and her granddaughters, Nichole Forest-Shanks and Michawn Adkins; her great-granddaughters, Britain and Rayleigh Shanks and Kylee Harrell; niece Loni (Phelps) Ghiorso and nephew Michael Phelps.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Advocates to End Domestic Violence, of Carson City.