ILA JEAN KNOX
Ila Jean KNOX, 85, of Soldotna, Alaska, died Feb. 9, 2009 at Heritage Place in Soldotna.
She was born March 7, 1923, to William C. and Etta Mae Renfro Enlow in Neosho, Mo. In 1942, she opened her first restaurant at the age of 19. She owned and operated various restaurants until the late 1960s.
She met her future husband, O.S. “Sid” KNOX, when he came into her restaurant and drank a half cream, half coffee. The two married in a double wedding ceremony on Aug. 11, 1944. The couple then worked organizing teenage recreation events during the 1940s in Kansas City. During the 1950s and early 1960s, the two organized the events in Newport and Waldport.
She then worked as Postmaster in Seal Rock until her retirement. In 1991, she moved to Sitka, Alaska and moved to Soldotna in September 1998.
She was a member of the WOTM for more than 50 years and served on the college of regents. She also served as president of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Civilian Air Corp. Additionally, she volunteered for several years in Sitka with the Sitka Pioneer Home, Sitka Community Hospital long term care unit, community hospital auxiliary and in Sitka schools.
She will be remembered for her smile and kind words as well as her patriotism and support of veteran organizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Sid Knox; parents, William and Etta Enlow; brothers, the Rev. James Enlow and Glen Enlow; sisters, Ester, Peggy and Goldie and great-grandchildren, Andrew and Natasha.
She is survived by her son, Michael KNOX of Hawaii; daughter, Sunny Van Zyl of Kasilof, Alaska; sister, Sylvia Tracy of Belle Vista, Ark.; grandson, Terry McAlpine of Oregon; granddaughters, Jayne Pinkston of Arizona, Angie Dozier of Oregon, Marlys Speidel and Mailade of Washington; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Feb. 17 at the Soldotna Baptist Church in Soldotna. Additional services will be Aug. 11 at Chelan Abbey in Newport. Memorial donations may be made by thanking a veteran or active member of the armed forces.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Soldotna is handling arrangements.
The News Times, Newport, OR Feb. 18, 2009