Marjorie Cooley Knotts passed away August 5, 2014 in Medford, Ore. She was born December 11, 1919 in Portland, Oregon. Christian faith forged her life and she was an active member of The United Methodist Church. She married The Rev. J. Ross Knotts and was a supportive pastor's wife during their 67 years together. They had two children, Joe and Alice, and lived in Portland, Bend, Ashland and Springfield, before settling in Medford in 1968.
Marge graduated cum laude from Southern Oregon University in 1970. She used her teaching credentials and Spanish degree to teach for the Phoenix-Talent School District and educate adults in Medford. She became Abuelita and worked closely with 13 Habitat for Humanity families.
Marge's passion for peace and reconciliation and her love of nature characterized her many interests. She sought reconciliation for families with racial diversity and with gay or lesbian members, taught conflict resolution skills in camp and church settings, and brought music about peace and hope to the many handbell ringing groups that she started. A skilled organizer and educator, she led church youth groups, women's retreats, and Shakespeare camps. She helped coordinate camp programming for the OR-ID Conference of The United Methodist Church. She gave all of this leadership and more as a volunteer because of her faith commitment to reach out to others in love and service.
She is survived by her children, Alice and Joe Knotts; grandchildren, Tessa Edwards Knotts, and Shawn and Laura Knotts Bowman; great-grandchildren, Drew and Ellie Bowman; sister, Erline Kathka; and brother, Ben Cooley, and Kazuko Sacon.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Rogue Valley Manor auditorium. Memorial gifts may be given to Camp Latgawa, (Knotts Memorial) 13250 S. Fork Little Butte Creek Road, Eagle Point, OR 97526.