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Thelma Arlene (McCown) Knowles

December 18, 1933 ~ August 12, 2017 (age 83)

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Thelma A. (McCown) Knowles, 83, of Summerfield, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born on December 18, 1933 to Dan and Helen (Baker) McCown in Beatrice, Nebraska.  

Thelma worked in the Pawnee City, Nebraska Sewing Factory for several years until it closed and then she went to work for the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Wymore, Nebraska until her illness.

Thelma enjoyed her the chihuahuas and watching her birds, especially her hummingbirds and spending time with her  family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Howard Knowles, son, Robin Whitmore, grandson, Joshua D. Whitmore, sisters, Cleo Lichty, Joan McCown, brothers, Max McCown and Dan McCown.

Thelma is survived by daughters, Betty (Robert) Burger, Summerfield, KS, Nina (Mark) McClellan, Marysville, KS, sons; Roger (Sheryl) Brown,Ohio, Shane Whitmore of Summerfield, KS, Scott (Dee) Whitmore of Beatrice, NE, Rusty (Donata) Whitmore of Pickrell, NE, Michael (Judy) Knowles of Beatrice, NE, 29 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, sister Judy (Larry) Johnson of Ashland, NE, brothers; Lonnie McCown of North Dakota, John (Roxie) McCown of Steele City, NE and several step family.

Services: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017  Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska with Pastor Eric Biehl officiating.   Visitation: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from Noon to 8:00 p.m, with family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City, Nebraska.  Interment will be in the Summerfield Cemetery, Summerfield, Kansas. Memorials to family choice. Online condolences may be left at

 Service Information

August 15, 2017

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City
919 G Street
Pawnee City, NE 68420

Funeral Service
August 16, 2017

11:30 AM
Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City
919 G Street
Pawnee City, NE 68420

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