Shirley Mae (Large) Knapp

Born: Sat., Jun. 28, 1930
Died: Sun., Mar. 18, 2018


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 22, 2018
Location: Hill Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Mar. 22, 2018
Location: Hill Funeral Home

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Shirley Mae Knapp

    Shirley Mae Knapp, 87, of Columbus, went home to be with Jesus, peacefully, on March 18, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 28, 1930, in Kingston, the daughter of the late Arthur J. and Jessie (Adams) Large. On June 23, 1948, she was united in marriage with her loving husband, Paul E. Knapp, who preceded her in death in 1989.

    Shirley is survived by her sister, Joella Pennington; children, Richard Eugene (Judy), Timothy Wayne (Sandy), and Robin Sue (Knapp) Bennett; eleven grandchildren, Gary (April) Heath Jr., Jason (Jennifer) Knapp, Glenn (Amy) Heath, Jeremy (Jennifer) Knapp, Marcie Jones, Tonya (James) Grove, Paul (Dawn) Bennett, Thomas (Jacquelynn LaBar) Bennett, Jessica (Jared) Mitchell, Timothy Bennett, and Guy Heath; nineteen great-grandchildren, Kasey Grove, Ashley Grove, Emily Jones, Bryce Knapp, Matthew Knapp, Trenton Knapp, Emily Knapp, Anna Grove, Mary Carrell, Victoria Jones, Hailey McClure, Audrey Bennett, Joseph Bennett, Jared Heath, Wynter Heath, Noah Heath, Alex Heath, Rory Bennett, and Oliver Bennett; and numerous other loved cousins, family members and friends.

    In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Anne; sisters, Alkie Mary, Martha Alice, and Lorna Edith; and brothers, Lawrence Muncie and Arnold Jay.

    Shirley was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church in Grove City and was a Sunday School teacher for 30 years to countless four year old children. She and her husband, Paul, also served as missionaries for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Darwin, Australia from 1978 to 1987. She lived her life based on her favorite verses of the Bible, Romans 12:1-2, setting a fine example of God’s love to her family and all who knew her. She was a very graceful and beautiful woman who was always elegant and strong.  

    A special and most heartfelt thank you goes to her caretaker from Visiting Angels these past four years is Amber Cobb. Momma loved her and she was so kind and tender to her. Also, a big thank you to Homereach Hospice Services and their lovely nurses and staff that truly cared about momma the last eight months. We were surely blessed to have you all.

    Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the HILL FUNERAL HOME, Kingston with Pastor Bud Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at Hill’s. A luncheon will follow the committal at the Church of Christ in Christian Union (420 Long St., Ashville, OH 43103). Condolences can be made on Shirley’s online guest registry at

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John Roller
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
I am sorry to here of Shirley's passing. I have worked with her son Richard for many years at the Post Office, he is a great guy, he must have had a wonderful mother.

Dianna Gossett
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
You will be greatly missed.

pauline parsons
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
So sorry to hear of Shirleys passing. I will always remember her a a kind and loving soul.

Carol Crabtree Reid
   Posted Fri March 23, 2018
So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. My brother Charlie went to school with her husband, Paul and that's how I knew Shirley when I was a little girl in Grove City. My prayers and thoughts for the family.

Verna Campbell Baca
   Posted Sat March 24, 2018
We were sorry to hear of Shirley's passing, but know she is in a better place and reunited with "Dad". The last years were difficult times for her and the family. It's a blessing to know "Mom" is no longer suffering. She was and is dearly loved by our family (Mary, Dolly, and Verna). We will never forget the love and kindness she showed to parents. May God bless you all.


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