Mildred Nadean Lackey Knight, 92, was born Dec. 20, 1918 in Sapulpa, Okla. She graduated from Sapulpa High School in 1936 and married Gilbert B. (Gib) Knight on Aug. 24, 1936. During Gib's career with Halliburton, they lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, Illinois and Indiana. Mildred was a homemaker and loved caring for her family and serving her church and community. During her lifetime she was involved with the League of Women Voters, United Way, book review clubs, The Women's Club of Abilene, Texas; serving on the board of the Noah Project Women's Shelter and Hendrick Hospice in Sweetwater, Texas. She was a member of the Church of Christ, most recently of the 4th and Elm Church of Christ in Sweetwater, Texas. Mildred enjoyed politics and served as the chairman of the Stephens County Republican party in Duncan, Okla. for several years, and worked with several Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns.
Mildred always drew on her faith in God to sustain her and it was the most important foundation of her life. She had a lively sense of humor and loved to visit and laugh with family and friends. Because she lived in many places during her life, she truly enjoyed making new friends and was a gracious hostess who took pleasure in making people comfortable and welcome in her home. Mildred had a lifelong love of books and reading, writing poetry and painting.
Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Gib Knight, Sr., who died in 1996 after 60 years of marriage; her parents Theodore (Sid) and Ida Lackey; a brother, Theodore Lackey; and sister, Melba Miller. She is survived by her children, Beverly Knight, Little Rock. Ark.; Rodney Knight and wife Carolyn, Duncan, Okla.; Sue Williams and husband Ronnie, Sweetwater, Tx.; and Gib Knight, Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.; her grandchildren; Jo Beth Britton, GibAnn Berryhill Edge, John Berryhill, Marcus Knight, Monica Huffaker, Ryan Williams and Lauren Williams. She has five great-grandchildren, Hannah Ricketson, Clint Huffaker, Anya Saldana, Andrew Tam and Gibson Berryhill and three great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Noah Project Women's Shelter, P.O. Box 875, Abilene, Texas, 79604; or Cornerstone Pre-School, 400 Elm St., Sweetwater, Texas 79556.
Services will be held at the Grantham Funeral Home in Duncan, Okla. on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m., with burial at the Duncan Cemetary. A visitation will be held at the Grantham Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. Local arrangements are handled by McCoy Funeral Home.