Esther Cecelia Sullivan Knott
Esther Cecelia Sullivan Knott, lifetime resident of Craig, died Sept. 3, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge. She was 87.
Esther Cecelia Sullivan Knott was born Aug. 27, 1918, to Brendan Patrick and Mary Elizabeth (Marshall) Sullivan in a maternity home in Craig.
Knott was one of the oldest children raised on the Sullivan homestead ranch and carried her share of responsibility on the ranch, herding cattle and sheep, and she was the first child to get the bum lambs from her father. She also helped care for her younger brothers and sister in the home and did other ranch chores. She loved the family ranch. She always rode a horse almost five miles to get down to school at Pagoda. She then was boarded in Hayden to attend high school. On Nov. 21, 1936, she married Johnnie H. Knott in Craig. They divorced Oct. 27, 1961, and Johnnie died June 7, 1990. She was an active supporter of her daughters' activities, such as bands, cheerleaders, acrobats, ballet, tap dancing, and boarding school. Knott enjoyed life as a worker and worked at the Cowen and Palace drugstores as a pharmacist assistant in the 1940s and 50s. She then worked shortly for the Mountain States Tel. and Tel. Co. in the late 50s, handling records and assignments in connection with the Craig Dial Conversion. She then took a job with the dentist, Dr. Scott, for a few years just before becoming a teacher's assistant at East Elementary School, until she retired Aug. 1, 1984. She also did janitorial work for 33 years at Moffat County Library. She loved her family, friends, and community, and her smile will be missed. To our love: you gave your heart to all; we give your heart to God.
Knott is survived by her child, Alice Lenore (Knott) Riley; grandchildren Lance Patrick, Gina Marie, Timothy Sean Riley; great-grandchildren Christopher Timothy, Jared Wayne, Luke Brendan, Jordan Ray, Breeshawna Marie, and Isabelle Grace, who were her pride and joy; sister, Jeannette Gruber; and brothers Thomas, Francis, Melvin, Milton, and Jim Sullivan.
Knott was preceded in death by her parents, baby twin brothers, Patrick and Roger, sister, Mary, and older brothers Brendan, Patrick C. and Jack.
The rosary was held Sept. 7, 2005, at St. Michael's Church. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 8, 2005, at St. Michael's Church.
The celebrants were Fr. Jose Saenz and Deacon Bill Ertmer.
The organist was Elaine DeuPree, and the soloist was Ashley Daigle.
Selections were "I Will Raise You Up," "True Blue Lady," and "On Eagles Wings."
The special selection, "Mama's Christmas In Heaven," was performed by Natalie Riley.
Pallbearers were Mike Sullivan, Bob Gruber, Melton Sullivan, Brendan Sullivan, Tad Sullivan, Glenn Duzik, and Tim Duzik.
Honorary pallbearers were "All Cecelia's Family and Many Friends."
Interment was held at Pagoda Cemetery.