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Evelyn Joyce (Cowart) Knapp

January 28, 1939 January 17, 2020
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Evelyn Joyce (Cowart) Knapp was born on January 28, 1939. She was 80 years old and died in the early morning hours of January 17, 2020, succumbing to declining health issues resulting from COPD and a rapidly advancing cancer diagnosis. She was the third of four children born to Edith Mae (Comer) Cowart and Lee Edwin Cowart. She spent her childhood days with her grandparents, William Edwin Cowart and Ina Mae (Wilson) Cowart in the small community of Honeydew, CA. As a teen she and her siblings moved to the big city where she lived with her mother in San Francisco, CA graduating from Balboa High School in 1956. The graduation write-up in her high school paper stated that she was an “art major; plans to work; likes art: swimming, dancing and flying; dislikes staying at home; favorite subject is art”. She met and later married a handsome naval radio operator named Robert Fay Knapp of Pepperwood, CA on November 14, 1959 at the Park Wedding Chapel in Reno, Nevada. They met as a result of a blind date initiated by her brother, Jimmy. They were happily married until her husband died on September 11, 2015.

Evelyn was truly the stabilizing factor in the lives of her family and nobody ever wanted to disappoint her. She immersed herself in reading gothic, romance and suspense novels when the opportunity arose. She had an amazing green thumb and was passionate about gardening. Bowling was her sport of choice, where she enjoyed a consistent 167 average. Evelyn was best known for her cooking. Some of the family’s favorite dishes included fried chicken, mac & cheese, amazing home-made bread and crazy-cake. She was a beautiful soul and was loved by all who knew her. She will be missed most by those closest to her, leaving behind everlasting memories of tireless, loving devotion and selflessness. She gave all she had to her husband and children, expecting nothing in return.

She is preceded in death by her siblings, James Edwin Cowart and Nancy Mae (Cowart) Rose; children, Robert Fay Knapp Jr., and Lynn Rene Knapp. Evelyn is survived by her sister Edith Marie (Cowart) Parker; children, Rebecca Ann (Knapp) Bayer, Travis Wayne Knapp and Trenton Wade Knapp; grandchildren, Justin Robert Knapp, Julie Diane (Knapp) Cline, Melissa Ann Salisbury, Ronald Dwayne Salisbury, Christopher Glenn Salisbury, Cameron Wade Knapp, Emma Elysabeth Knapp; great grandchildren, Holley May Thomas, Chyanne Marie Thomas, Takoda Kay Cline, Michael William Cline Jr., Josiah Matthew Cline, Justin Robert Knapp Jr., Danika Rose Knapp, Liam Caden StandingRock, and Crimson Fox Martin-Franks.
A private service and spreading of ashes near her childhood home in Honeydew, CA to be held on a future date.


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