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OBITUARY - Zora Maggie Yancey

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OBITUARY - Zora Maggie Yancey

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Zora Maggie Yancey Knight

Birth: Jan. 27, 1878
Knox County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1965
Pottawatomie County
Oklahoma, USA

Zora Maggie (Yancey) Knight, daughter of James Burns and Ann Maria (Sanford) Yancey was born in Newark, Missouri on 27 Jan 1878. In 1887 the family moved to LaBelle which was a busier town because the Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad had a depot there.

She studied pipe organ in school and college.

In LaBelle, Zora met Charles A. Knight, a lawyer and teacher. They were married 6 Jun 1900.

In 1910 the Knights moved to Tecumseh, Oklahoma, where Charles practiced Law, served as a county judge and was in the Oklahoma legislature.

Zora was a talented pianist and organist. She played the organ for years in churches. From about 1922 to 1932 she was the Supervisor of Music in the Oklahoma State Industrial School for Girls.

In 1912 she became a member of Chapter W, of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In 1919 she was elected the Oklahoma State President of that organization. In 1921 she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of The P.E.O. Record, the official magazine of the International P.E.O. Sisterhood. In 1931 she was elected president of the Sisterhood. She served two years. In 1941 she was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of Cottey Junior College in Nevada, MO, which is owned by the Sisterhood. She served as chairman of that group from 1943 through 1945.

Other organizations that she belonged to were: The Christian Church, Synthetic Music Club, the Oklahoma Council of Child Development and the Daughters of The American Revolution.

She received many honors throughout her life and at her death.

Zora and Charles had no children. Charles preceded her in death. She died Monday 23 August 1965.

(PEO information contributed by Joy Ansley, Historian, Oklahoma State Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, 26 Sep 2002)

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