Mary Lou Knickerbocker


Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2005

Former Juneau resident Mary Lou Knickerbocker, 84, died Oct. 29, 2005, in her retirement home in Boonville, Mo.

She was born to Donald and Mary Holt on Nov. 12, 1920 in Columbus, Wis. She attended Ripon College, attained teaching credentials and taught in two of the one room schools in the area. She enlisted in 1943 in the Navy as a Wave for GI educational benefits and a chance to travel. Upon discharge in 1946, she completed her education degree at University of Colorado.

She met and married Hugh Irwin Knickerbocker, a civil engineer. After living in Aruba, Netherlands West Indies and California, they came in 1962 to Juneau with their children, Janet and Steven. Hugh worked for the Alaska Department of Highways until his death in 1971. She continued to make her home in Juneau where she worked in the Juneau Public Libraries until her retirement in 1999. After her retirement, she volunteered at the Friends of the Library Amazing Bookstore and was active in the League of Women Voters.

She was a member of Chapel by the Lake, serving as an officer in the church, the Chapeladies and Church Women United. She worked with the Stephens Ministry. She established the library at the Chapel.

She enjoyed reading, studying and teaching the Bible, music and theater.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Akremi of Jamestown, Mo.; her son-in-law, Boujemaa; her six grandsons, Rino, Damon, Justin, Haytham, Fares and Maher; her son, Steven E. Knickerbocker of Juneau; her daughter-in-law, Polly Lloyd; her three granddaughters, Tiffany, Sabrina and Sadie Rose; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 10, at Chapel by the Lake.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the memorial fund of Chapel by the Lake or to the Heifer Project at Chapel by the Lake.

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