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Dorotha Knapp

January 4, 2012

Dorotha F. Knapp, a 37-year resident of Colville, passed away in Colville on Dec. 23, 2011 at the age of 91. She was born Feb. 29, 1920 in Milner, North Dakota, one of 12 children of Ed and Myrtle Wisbey.
She grew up in Ethel and graduated in 1938 from the Auburn Adventist Academy. She lived and worked in the Seattle area for the following four years.
Dorotha married Gerald E. Knapp on April 16, 1942 in Jackson Prairie (near Chehalis). They were both elementary school teachers and, over the years, they lived and taught in Wapalo, Goldendale, Spangle, and Tonasket. She had earned a Bachelors Degree in Education at Walla Walla College.
They moved to Colville in 1974 and continued teaching at the Colville Valley Seventh Day Adventist School for six years before their retirement.
Gerald preceded Dorotha in death in 1995.
She was very active in the Colville Seventh Day Adventist Church and was the director of the church’s Colville Community Service Center for many years, in addition to gardening and quilting when time allowed.
Dorotha is survived by her daughter, Mary Ratcliff and husband, Nick, Kettle Falls; sons, Ed Knapp, Denver, CO; Ray Knapp and wife, Harla, Littleton, CO; sisters, Della Holisfield and husband, Jack, Moss Point, MS; Donna Miller, Hermosa, SD; brothers, Don Wisbey, Washougal; Delbert Wisbey and wife, Betty, Roseburg, OR; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, four brothers and three sisters.
Dorotha will lie in state at the Danekas Funeral Chapel on Jan 5, 2012 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for those wishing to pay their respects.
Funeral service for Dorotha will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Colville Seventh Day Adventist Church, with Pastor Dan Knapp officiating.
Memorials may be made to either the Colville SDA Community Service Center or Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Box 220 W. Frankfort, IL 62896. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guest book at
The Danekas Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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