The passing of Estelle June (Knapton) North on April 7, 1998, was 12 days short of her 86th birthday. She died of natural causes in the home of Ken and Cheryl North, one of six sons born to June and Clarence Eugene North; Wayne (Evelyn Rothove), Keith (Betty) Preator), Larry (Connie Pearce), Dean (deceased), Ken (Cheryl Finney) and Vaughn (Ginny Philips).
June was widowed in 1970, 30 years after her marriage in 1931 and 30 years after being sealed to Eugene in the Salt Lake Temple. She was an active member of the LDS Church right until the end. She leaves a posterity of 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren with two more on the way and two-great-great-grandchildren.She is survived by two brothers, Dale Knapton and wife, Connie; Don Knapton and wife, Carrie; and four sisters, Mildred Bouck, widow of Marvin; Margaret Winklekotter and husband, Wilford; Kathleen Bawden, widow of Clell; and Fern Timothy and husband, Doyle. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, William Dean and three brothers, Louis, Calvin and Royal.
She lived in Salt Lake City and Lehi, Utah; Hanford, Washington and Independence, Missouri. She traveled extensively within the United States and abroad with family and friends. She survived several bouts with lymphorna and other severe illnesses. Our thanks to Dr. William Reilly for his dedicated years of service to her. Many times she was brought back from the edge of death over a 30 year period. She truly was a fighter for right and a courageous lady.
June was born in 1912 to Walter Thomas Knapton and Sarah Estelle Redmond, the oldest of ten children. She has lived a life of exemplary service to her family, church and community. Her dedication to family is best represented by a rich heritage of love shared among nearly 50 direct descendants. As a faithful member of the LDS Church, June has rendered service in scouting, music, Primary, Relief Society and simply being a good neighbor. She offered service in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers as a Genealogical Researcher, in name extraction for the temple at home, and in doing temple work when her health allowed. Her efforts in the community include almost 20 years of service as a supervisor in the school lunch program.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, April 10, 1998 at the Grant 5th Ward Chapel, 3153 South 9th East. Family and friends may call from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive and at the Ward on Friday from 10:45-11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment Elysian Burial Gardens.
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