Betty Jane Knapp

October 19, 1924 ~ November 7, 2019 (age 95)


Betty Knapp, 95, passed away on November 7, 2019.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Betty was born October 19, 1924 to Oliver and Minnie Heustis; Carolyn was her older sister. Betty lived in Lawrenceburg, IN until 1974. She was a wife, a mother (the original Kool-Aid Mom), an excellent secretary and an accomplished musician. As a young teen, Minnie would allow Betty to play piano at the local dance hall on Saturday nights, but she had to be out of there by 9pm, when the ruckus might start. She became the organist at the Presbyterian church at the age of 15. Upon high school graduation Betty's father took her to Cincinnati to the Conservatory of Music. They “never heard back” so she was enrolled in business school. Betty worked as a secretary at Schenley Distillery in Cincinnati. She would wait for the train to slow down at the end of her street; the conductor would help her jump aboard for the ride into Cincinnati. Upon marrying Bill Jackson in 1949, they joined Zion United Church of Christ; Betty then became their organist for 20 years. In 1974 Betty married Lee Knapp. They lived in various places, including Arkansas where Betty became a court stenographer. From there she went to Phoenix. Computers were the new rage, so she learned all about Word, spreadsheets and her favorite: Power Point! She worked for Holsum Bakery until the age of 77. After the passing of her husband Lee, Betty moved to Burnet TX, to Oaks Nursing Home in February 2019. She passed away peacefully the night of November 6, having just attained the age of 95.

She is survived by her daughter Patricia Collins (Tom) of Burnet, and granddaughters Sara Ford (Randall) of Round Rock and Jill Knobloch (Curt) of Austin. She has four great grandchildren: Brooks and Seth Ford and Haden and Anna Knobloch. She has two nephews, Tom and Jim Poehlmann. Thanks and prayers to the staff at Oaks Nursing Home who cared for Betty in a most respectful and attentive fashion, to the congregation of Burnet Presbyterian Church, to Pat and Tom's neighbors and to Texas Home Health Hospice. Thanks to God for Betty's blessed life.

Arrangements under the care of Jenkins Funeral Home, Burnet, Texas.

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