Elizabeth June “Boo” Knight
Elizabeth June “Boo” Knight, died May 15, 2005, in Templeton, Calif., while on vacation with friends. She was 80.
Elizabeth June Durham Davis Knight was born Aug. 3, 1924, in Craig, the fifth child of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Durham, Sr.
Knight was always known as Betty, and to all who loved her most, affectionately known as Boo. She spent her childhood at the family homestead on Waddle Creek in Hamilton. She attended the Waddle Creek school. She loved the ranch life, and spent many hours horseback helping to run the ranch. She attended high school in Craig. Knight always told everyone, she had a full life with lots of experiences. In 1942, she married Fred (Jack) Davis. To this union, two children were born, her daughter, Barbara Ann Fagg, of Craig, and Globe, Ariz., and her son, Donald Jack Davis, of Alma. After her children started school, Knight went to work at Cowan’s Drug Store in Craig as a “soda jerk.” Then she moved on to the telephone office for 4 years. In 1959, she went to work for Hugh A. Jones as a bookkeeper. She would tell everyone that was her favorite job. In 1964, she married Tom Knight and moved to Fairplay, Colo. She had many out-of-the ordinary experiences, such as tending sheep camp and packing burros. She and her husband purchased and managed the Fairplay Hotel. When Tom was hired as the State Fair Manager, they moved to Pueblo and lived on the fairgrounds, where she was able to train and run horses on tracks in Colorado and Albuquerque, N.M. She loved horses and dogs. Her horse Scooter, and dogs Ginger, Rags, and Muffin were very special to her. In 1979, Knight moved to Colorado Springs. There she opened an Industrial Bank, and later managed two Dairy Queens. In 1990, she moved back to Fairplay where she worked at the South Park Museum. She also did lots of traveling during this time. In 1997, she moved to Buena Vista, to the Sunrise Manor. She loved her apartment there and was blessed with many good friends. She received several awards for volunteer work, especially with the Meals On Wheels program. She was a representative from Buena Vista for the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Government, and was also the representative for AARP in Buena Vista. She served as Recording Secretary for Buena Vista Seniors Young at Heart. She was awarded the VFW Auxiliary. She also spent her years in Buena Vista volunteering at the South Park City Museum working with her daughter-in-law Carol Davis, who manages the museum. Knight was a member of the Anglican Church of the Savior in Buena Vista where she served on the Alter Guild.
Knight is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Gary) Fagg; son, Don (Carol) Davis; grandchildren Joel (Anne) Davis of Memphis, Tenn., Jennifer (Ron) Rogers of Aurora, Michale (Lisa) Davis of Fairplay, Betty Jo Sheets of Globe, Ariz., and Beverly (Jeff) Salazar of Craig; great-granddaughters Jamie, Piper and Alyssa Davis, Tonya Sheets, and Amber Salazar; sister, Avis Self of Craig; brothers Almon (Faye) Durham of Farmington, N.M., George (Sharon) Durham of Craig; and many nieces and nephews.
Knight was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Harry Durham, Sr., brother, Harry Durham, Jr., of Axial, two sisters, Dorothy Williams of Hayden, and Edna Schrader of Colville, Wash.
“No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.”
We’ll miss you Boo. You were an inspiration to all who knew you.
Services were June 4, 2005, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Melinda Bobo officiating.
Selections were “Because He Lives,” “Goodnight and Goodmorning,” and “Precious Memories” by Doug and Becky Field.
Honorary pallbearers were “All Betty’s Family and Her Many Friends.”
Interment of cremains were at Craig Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be directed to The Anglican Church of The Savior in Buena Vista, or to the Buena Vista Heritage Museum.
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