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Elizabeth R. Kneisley

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Elizabeth R. Kneisley

May 30, 1930 – August 16, 2019

Elizabeth (Liz) Ruth (Bear) Kneisley was born on May 30, 1930 in a farmhouse around Russell County, Kansas.  She attended a one-room school and graduated in a class of 5 as Valedictorian. She was the oldest of 5 siblings; the other 4 being Dwight Bear, Dona Heier, Reva Grant, and Gale Bear.

She married the love of her life, Bill Kneisley in 1950.  They had 5 children – Kent Kneisley (deceased), Curt Kneisley, Marsha Hines (deceased), Lynne Bocquin, and Lorri Paustian. There are 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 

Bill enlisted in the Army, which took them all over the United States as well as overseas a couple of times. He retired from the military and then worked in civil service.

Liz always had a passion for learning.  She got an Associates degree in Mississippi.  It would be several years before she finished her education, getting a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  She then became the Director of the Metropolitan Council on Developmental Disabilities until Bill’s career took them to Tennessee, where they remained for several years.

When Bill finally retired from the government, they moved back to the Kansas City area where their family still resides.  

Liz had a lot of interests. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, reading, knitting, and cooking. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed hosting special holiday meals, which allowed everyone to get together.  

Liz extended her smile to everyone she met. One of her best qualities was her graciousness. She was almost always cheerful, polite, and non-judgmental. She had an unexpected quick wit that caught strangers off guard. This was what endeared strangers into quickly becoming friends with her.  

During her short diagnosis of acute terminal leukemia, she had many friends and relatives visit and pay their respects, many traveling a long way to say their good-byes. It showed to her family the love for her that so many would take the time to want to visit and spend time with her. She will truly be missed.

1 Comment

  1. Suzann Bouray on August 21, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    In the short time I was able to know Aunt Liz she truly was a kind and gentle soul. Sorry for her passing but having great faith she continue to shine on others from above.

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