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Shirley Julia (Moore) McKnight

March 3, 1935 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Shirley Julia McKnight Obituary


Shirley McKnight, age 88, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024. Shirley was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She is survived by her children; Joe (Kris) McKnight of Hobart, Joy Kent of Griffith, Judi (Mitch) Conn of Hebron, Jim (Aubrey) McKnight of Sandy, UT, and Jennifer (Nathan) Clark of Florence, AZ, her Brother, Jacob Moore of Schererville, and also Robert Reynolds of Highland, who was like a son to her. She is also survived by her Grandchildren, who she adored; Michael C.(Kara) Kent, Kya Perine, Madison Kent (Michael Mastey), Jordan Conn, Adam (Chyna) Kent, Kelsey McKnight, Aaron Conn, Andrew McKnight, Celeste Clark, Colton Clark, Connor Clark and her cherished Great-Grandchildren; Carter Mastey and Faye Shirley Kent.  Other survivors include her 105 year old Aunt Joan “Jenny” Wojtena of Schererville, her cousins; Janice Novak of Western Springs, IL, Jerry (Delores) Wojtena of Dyer, Paul (Susan) Wojtena of Crete, IL, Carole (James) Nagy of Dyer, Judy Smelter of Orlando, FL, Delores Nichols of Hammond, Cindy Isslieb of Bryant, AR, Edward (Patti) Skarwecki of Littleton, CO, Terry Lovegrove of Littleton, CO. Also survived by many Nieces, Nephews, and Grand-Nieces and Grand-Nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband James Younger McKnight, her parents Wade Moore and Julia Lesniewski, her brother Daniel Lee Moore, sisters-in-law Betty McKnight and Susan Moore, step-sister Sharon Carter and cousins Gail Elboar, Paulene Craig, and Robert Moore. 

Shirley was born to Wade Harvey Moore and Julia Wojtena on March 3, 1935 in East Chicago, Indiana. She married James McKnight on October 29, 1966 and then settled in Griffith where they raised their five children. 

In her early years she attended four elementary schools and seven high-schools. The locations include four in Indiana, two in New Mexico and one in Arizona. Later in life, she attended Ivy Tech where she enjoyed learning about computers, networking, and web design.

.She was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1966 with a firm testimony of Jesus Christ and His doings in that church.  She served in many different callings both on the Ward and Stake levels.  

She was a member of the Just for Fun Ukulele Strummers group and enjoyed playing with the group in local nursing homes, churches, various events, and especially at Pierogi Fest.

She was a woman of many talents and interests including toll painting, cross-stitch, sewing costumes for a grandson’s High School Play, making blankets and stuffed animals for her great-grandson, baking breads for her family, and playing the ukulele. She was known for the Birthday cards she sent to family members that contained a $5 bill that she lovingly folded into an origami object. Each year she sent out a new creation and hoped to be an expert at folding that object by the end of the year. With all her talents and interests, the love of teaching and sharing the gospel overruled all. She spent countless hours reading and studying the scriptures to prepare her Sunday lessons. She also talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone willing to listen.  She loved Christ with all her heart.

Although no longer with us, she expressed that she loves the many friends she made during her time here on earth, especially those who served her and her family in any way.  She was continually blessed all of her life and is grateful for all of them. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 300 Wirth Road Griffith, IN. Visitation will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 am with the funeral service at 11:00 am. 

Interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, IN.

For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com

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February 9, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
300 Wirth Rd
Griffith, IN 46319

Funeral Service
February 9, 2024

11:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
300 Wirth Rd
Griffith, IN 46319


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