St. George 8th June 1897
To the Editor of the Deseret News. --
Please to publish the enclosed Obituary of my wife's mother, Sister Mary C. Knell and oblige.
Your Bro. In the Gospel
David H. Cannon
Died at Pinto, Washington County, Utah 4 June 1897 Mary Crook Knell, wife of Bishop Robert Knell.
Sister Knell was born in Plymouth, Devonshire, England 23 July 1822. Was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 12 October 1841, gathered to Nauvoo, Illinois and suffered the persecutions to which the Saints were subjected. Went to Burlington in the same state, where she remained until 1852 when she gathered with the Saints, she lived at Kaysville in Davis County where she continued to live until 1862, when the family were called to Dixie and settled at Pinto, where she continued to live until her death. Sister Knell was the mother of nine children -- two sons and seven daughters. One son and three daughters preceded her to the spirit world, while her husband, one son, and four daughters, together with grandchildren and great grandchildren remain to mourn her loss.
Although Sister Knell left her home and kindred to cast her lot with the people of God in the days of her youth and passed through trials and hardships that were severe, she never was known to murmur against the providences of the Lord nor complain of her lot. And although she was humble in her deportment, her life was a consistent one and her example worthy of emulation.
Her constant testimony to her children and the saints was that the Gospel was true and that the more she contemplated the principles, the greater joy she had in the glorious plan which God had revealed for the redemption of His fallen children. Sister Knell died as she had lived, full of faith in the gospel and in a full hope of a glorious resurrection.
The funeral services were held on Sunday sixth of June in the Pinto meeting house where consoling remarks were made by the following brethren. In the order named -- David H. Cannon, Joseph Eldredge, and Amos G. Thornton.
The remains were followed to their last resting-place by everybody of the settlement and many from the adjoining settlements.
It has not been my privilege to witness a funeral where greater honor was shown to the departed than that of Sister Knell.
To express it in a word she was one of the Lord's noblewomen and the people with whom she was acquainted realized it and appreciated it.
She has been a great sufferer for the last seven years, but during all that time she was never know to murmur nor complain.
Thus another great and good woman has been called away. May the Lord comfort her bereaved family and cause them to feel that he doeth all things well.
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