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Jane (Turnbull) Knight, 85.

STERLING Jane (Turnbull) Knight, 85, of Sterling, died early Christmas morning, Thursday, Dec. 25, on Marthas Vineyard.

She recently moved to Marthas Vineyard to be closer to her family. She was born, June 1, 1923 in Montclair, N.J., the daughter of Barton P. and Dorothy G. Turnbull. She grew up in Summit, N.J.

She went to Kent Place, from there she went to Wellesley College in Boston. It was in Boston where she met her future husband, the Reverend Richard S. Knight Sr., an Episcopal minister at St. Pauls Cathedral in Boston. After her second year at Wellesley College, Jane and Dick were married on June 5, 1943, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, N.J. Their marriage lasted 58 years until her husbands death in December 2001.

While living in Grosse Pointe, Mich., she received her bachelors degree from Wayne State, Detroit, Mich. When she moved to Sterling, she went back to school and received her masters in early childhood education from Worcester State College. She was an early childhood education teacher working with special needs children at the Department of Mental Health, visiting peoples homes, where she did early intervention with babies.

When she retired from teaching, she and her husband were volunteers at Memorial Hospital until the age of 80, when they retired again. In their retirement, they spent their time visiting friends and family, canoeing, biking and gardening.

Her loves were for family, Marthas Vineyard, where she had summered since she was 3 years old, natural history of any kind, her animals and pottery.

She leaves behind her six children, her sons and their wives, Robert and Audrey Knight of Hopkinton, N.H., Michael Knight of Detroit, Mich., Richard S. and Daryl Knight of Chappaquiddick, Mass., and her daughters and husbands, Laura and Matt Lowenstein of Carlsbad, Calif., Margaret Knight and her husband, Sidney Morris, of Chappaquiddick, and Dorothy Knight of Sterling. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Benjamin and Gabrielle Knight, Lily and Elliot Morris of Marthas Vineyard, and Julia Knight of Hopkinton, N.H. She also leaves a sister, Dorothy Phinney of Farmington, Conn. She was predeceased by her older sister, Peggy Jones.

She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Clinton.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 209 Union St., Clinton, on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service. The family will inter her ashes at a later date on Marthas Vineyard. In lieu of flowers send donations in her memory to Abbys House, 52 High St., Worcester, MA 01609
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 30, 2008
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