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Mary C. Knowlton

June 21, 1943 — August 9, 2016

Mary C. Knowlton, 73, of Punta Gorda, FL passed away August 9, 2016. She was the daughter of Arthur and Josephine Stevens, born June 21, 1943 in Austin, MN. Mary was Home Coming Queen at Austin High School and also worked on the school newspaper. She studied Library Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and was a longtime librarian in Minnesota. Service to community was important to Mary. She was active volunteer who played an integral role in getting a public library set up in Prior Lake, MN, and was a past president for The Friends of Punta Gorda Library. She was very active member with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church including promoting the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Org.) scholarships for students. But, not only that, she took time to personally mentor many of the recipients, making a lasting impact on their lives. Mary always had a book in her hand and would pass along novels to loved ones if she thought it could touch their lives. She will be remembered as one who inspired with her quiet leadership, who took personal interest in each person she came in contact with, and brought out the best in them with her love and encouragement. She loved her Lord and family with all her heart. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 55 years, Gary; sons, Steve and William and a brother, Douglas (Barbara) Stevens. The family will receive friends 1:00-2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at First United Methodist Church Punta Gorda with the service to celebrate Mary's life following at 2pm. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda

507 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

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