2012-09-20 / Obituaries

Helen E. Knobles

Helen E. Knobles, 88, and a

34-year resident of Mariposa

County, died Sept. 9 at her home with her family present.

Mrs. Knobles was born June 27, 1924, in Beemer, Neb. In Mariposa County, she first lived in Lushmeadows, then moved to town after her husband, Robert, died.

Helen was a unique and special person, leaving a lot of friends behind. She led an active, full and purposeful life. She believed in giving back to those less fortunate than her. She had great love for music, singing in choirs for 55 years. She was a member of the Mariposa United Methodist Church, singing alto in the Chancel Choir and was a member of the Chimes Choir.

Though a private person, she volunteered time over the years to translate books into Braille for the blind, assisting as a teacher’s aide at Mariposa Elementary School, making weekly visits at John C. Fremont Hospital’s Ewing Wing under the Friendly Visitor Program, and creating fleece hats for cancer patients that lost their hair. She went to great effort to make each hat unique and special, ading braided ties and colorful pendants. At last count, she had donated nearly 300 hats to cancer centers in Fresno and Merced.

On her 88th birthday, she completed a senior yoga class in Mariposa, being the oldest person ever to complete the class. She was very proud of that fact. Helen was also a walker for over 35 years and could be regularly seen walking her dog around the Mariposa County Courthouse.

Mrs. Knobles is survived by her sister, Dorothy Freese and Madeline Ward, both of Omaha, Neb.; her children, Bob Knobles of Auburn, Jeff Knobles of Mariposa and Noreen Pierce of Tuolumne; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Hospice, P.O. Box 714, Mariposa, CA 95338.

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