OTTUMWA — Lillie Christine Knoebel, age 95, formerly of Champaign, Ill., passed from this life at 1:08 p.m. August 16, 2013, at Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa.
Those left to honor her memory include a son, Thomas Hayes of Surprise, Ariz.; her daughter, Pam (Bill Allen) Kaupins of Ottumwa and son, John (Pat) Knoebel of Hawthorn Woods, Ill. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Chloteel Large of Sun City, Ariz.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am. Saturday at Toledo Christian Church in Toledo, Ill. Burial will be in Toledo Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Christine Knoebel was born on February 9, 1918, in Charleston, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Bertie Amyx. She married Howard W. Knoebel on August 11, 1957, at University Place Christian Church in Urbana, Ill. She attended Charleston public schools, Charleston High School and graduated from the Sparks Business College.
She was a member of University Place Christian Church in Urbana and the Toledo Christian Church, Toledo, Ill. She held various offices, including president, of the Hammond Organ Society in Champaign. For many years she did volunteer work at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill., and Sarah Bush Memorial Hospital in Mattoon, Ill. She was an accomplished seamstress, creating beautiful clothes and sewing projects, but her passion was quilting and playing the piano. She created numerous memorable quilts for family and charitable organizations. Christine loved to read, watch movies, study birds and never was very interested in television. She loved kittens and all her life had a bird and doll collection. Traveling stateside and abroad was very important to her and she was fortunate enough to do that extensively.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa, Iowa.