Mary Katherine Knox
Mary K. Knox, 83, of Medford, Ore., passed away Monday, October 17, 2011, due to the after effects of a stroke she
suffered on Friday, September 23, 2011.
She was born in Dublin, Ga., on December 27, 1927. She was the fourth child of Ruth Woodbury and Sherrod Shehe Humphries. In 1930, she moved with the family from Georgia to Phoenix, Ore., where the family found work managing Evershady Motor Court on Old Highway 99. It is now known as Horizon Mobile Village.
She attended Phoenix Elementary, McLoughlin Junior High, and graduated from Medford High School in 1945. Thoroughly a child of the Great Depression, and no stranger to work, she became an usherette at the Roxy Theatre, and then the Holly Theatre, in Medford. She also worked at the Medford Woolworth's store, where she began to display her affinity for accounting by suggesting a method to inventory small items, such as nails and screws, by weighing them in bulk rather than individual counting. Soon she began work for the telephone company as an operator, becoming an instructor and chief operator. On November 7, 1947, she married Galen R. Knox, in Reno, Nev. She then began to work in the family business, Knox Accounting Service, and found her great passion in life, working as a bookkeeper and accountant. She continued to work until the day before her stroke, a career of 63 years. She also was the owner of Fashionette
Ladies Wear, a staple of the downtown shopping area for many years.
She was the mother of three sons. When they were little, she worked out of the family home, combining her profession along with motherhood. A forerunner of the modern environmental movement, she rallied against orchardists burning old tires and open pans of oil to heat the orchards, which created great palls of black smoke in the Rogue Valley, eventually helping to create the changeover to the more modern smudge pot.
She is survived by her sons, Michael Galen (Barbara), John Patrick (Catherine), and James Lee (Gail); two grandsons, Eric (Sherry) and Christopher; two great-grandsons, Kevin and Anthony; two sisters, Sherrod Carr and Ruth Lewis; her sister-in-law, Lucille Williamson; and 12 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband of 47 years, Galen R. Knox (better known as Sully Knox).
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Interment will be at the mausoleum with her husband.
In lieu of flowers, and to honor her love of animals, the family suggests donations to The Southern Oregon Humane
Society, Dogs for the Deaf, or C.A.T.S.