Mary Ellen McKnight Black died from cerebellar ataxia Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at her home in Sedona, Ariz. She was 88.
She was born in Onawa, Iowa, Dec. 18, 1925, to Allen Woodrow and Hilma Moore.
She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1948. Her first teaching job was at Delta High School.
On June 6, 1948, she married Glen McKnight Jr. They moved to Durango in 1957 when Glen purchased the Miller Jewelry Store and renamed it McKnight Brothers Jewelry and Sporting Goods. He died in 1977.
Mrs. Black taught physical education in Durango School District 9-R for 22 years and retired in 1980. After retirement she worked part time at the jewelry store until 1995.
She was a member of Hillcrest Golf Club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority and First United Methodist Church of Durango for many years.
She married Charles Black June 6, 1998, in Durango. They moved to Sedona in 2011 where she was a member of Sedona United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Black is survived by her husband of 16 years, Charles Black of Sedona; her daughter, Kimberly McKnight of Durango; her son, Kirk McKnight of Bayfield; and three grandsons.
Cremation has occurred. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Durango Aug. 23.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Durango Education Foundation, 201 E. 12th St., Durango, CO 81301.