Anna Mary “Ann” Knowles passed peacefully July 5th beside her family. She was 93 years old. Ann was raised in Steubenville and proudly called it her home town. Her early life was spent with her father John, mother Elizabeth Antol Rumics, and siblings, Elizabeth of Oberlin, Ohio and John of Sedona, Arizona. She met her husband, Emory Edward “Bud” Knowles, in high school and shared her life with him for 56 years. He preceded her in death in 2002.
A resident of Steubenville, she was deeply involved in the community. She was a member of Holy Name and St. Peter’s Catholic Churches. She was president of the Woman’s Club and of the Steubenville Art Association. She was an active member of the Steubenville Historical Society, Gadabouts, Red Hat Society, Fine Arts Society, YWCA, the Franciscan University Academy of Lifelong Learning, and Road Scholars. She was involved with the refurbishment of the Grand Theater, was instrumental in commissioning the murals, created and maintained the Municipal Rose Garden, and helped start the Steubenville Hometown Celebration.
She loved people and participated in many activities at the Weirton and Mingo Senior Centers. She owned a gift shop called “This and That” and sold Stanley Home Products. She was an interior decorator at both May and Leopold Furniture Co. and Bowers Home Furnishings.
She had four children. Emory (Jennie) of Baltimore, MD., George (Candace) of South Bend, IN., Kenneth (Brenda) of Manassas, VA and Patricia (Kirk) of San Jose, CA.
At the age of 81, she moved to Manassas near Ken and his wife, Brenda. There she was a resident and librarian at the Fairmont Assisted Living Facility, and later a resident of the Park Place Apartments. Every winter, she travelled to San Jose to be with her daughter, Patty and her husband, Kirk. She enjoyed spending time with her children and loved them dearly. She felt blessed to have so many grandchildren and loved them all “a bushel and a peck.”
They are Katherine, Stacy, Bobby (dec.), Benjamin, Daniel, David, Thomas, Isaac, Timothy, Talia and Alex; great grandchildren, Luke, Sarah, Kerriann, Hailey, Jordan, Zoe, Elijah and Layla; and great-great grandchildren, Kamden and Kolton.
Ann was always the life of the party and she deeply cherished being with her family and friends. She proudly lived by the motto that she never met a stranger. Ann set an example on how to love and how to give, and will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her and being her friend. She passed away on her husband Bud’s birthday, perhaps to join him and celebrate with him their full and blessed life.
Memorial will be postponed due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice in Steubenville.