Sara Knight

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

KNIGHT, Sara Louise (Fitch)

February 27,1948 in West Lafayette, Indiana

September 7, 2019 in Springdale Arkansas

With great sadness, the family of Sara Knight announces her death after complications from a lengthy illness.

Sara was the wife of the late Tony Knight, devoted mother of Heather Wanamaker (Carl), daughter of the late Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Phyllis Fitch, and cherished sister to Barbara Cole, Rachel Runnels, Jay Fitch (Kathy), and the late Michael Fitch. She is survived by many nieces and nephews as well.

Sara attended Indiana University, Bloomington where she met her first husband, Peter Humphery, who worked in finance for the Ford Motor Company. After living in the Detroit area for several years, they went to Mexico with Ford International. Heather was born there. Sara and Heather returned to the U.S. and after several years, Peter and Sara divorced.

Sara worked in the head offices of J.C. Penney, Co. in Dallas, Texas for a number of years. It was in her position there that she became interested in various kinds of paper. In 1996 she married Tony Knight and shortly thereafter left J.C. Penney to move to Eureka Springs, AR. They purchased a large, pre-owned motor home and loved travelling to craft conventions throughout the U.S. When their travelling days were over, in Eureka Springs Sara and Tony opened a craft store called Paper Odyssey which sold exotic papers from all over the world as well as supplies for stamping, making individual greeting cards and Superman toys, a particular love of Tony’s. After a few years, Sara’s health became more problematic. Reluctantly they gave up the store and went into their own kind of retirement.

Among the things that Sara loved were her family, anything purple, yellow roses, small dogs, music, diet coke, ice cream, reading popular fiction, kaleidoscopes, extra rare roast beef, doing all kinds of crafts including knitting, eating at Cracker Barrel and Mexican restaurants, playing internet games and entering contests. Her biggest win was a trip to Russia for two, which she and Tony said was a once in a lifetime adventure.

Sara was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and sang in the choir there when she was able. In her relationships with others, Sara could be challenging, crisp, and impatient. Occasionally she pushed the boundaries of social convention but was always tolerant of and generous to those who were less fortunate than she was. Most of all, she was a gifted and amazing individual.

Cremation of her earthly body has taken place, yet her spirit will be treasured for time to come. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to hoofbeatsandpawprintsrescue.org, the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com. © Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. 2019