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Mary Lou Prickett Knox, 89, passed away in Dallas, Tx on March, 22, 2018 after a lengthy illness.
She was born on September 24, 1928 to John and Mamie Prickett on a farm outside of Dill City, Oklahoma. She attended Dill City schools all twelve years of her education and graduated in 1946. After graduation she attended OSU for a short time, then she got a call from Stan Keas, one of her former Dill City principals. He had moved to a school in Adrian, TX and asked her to come and teach for him. She accepted and taught there while she worked on her college degree in Canyon, TX. During those years she married Ted Bones. Ted was deployed to Koreaand, unfortunately was killed. She was very young to be left on her own with a baby son, Ralph, on the way.
Mary Lou finished her degree and began teaching home economics in Hereford, TX. There she met her second husband, Reuben Knox. She and Reuben had three children of their own, Rosemary, Rosiland, and Ray. Reuben also adopted Ralph. For many years they lived in West TX. at Hereford, Lubbock and Amarillo. They moved to Kansas for one year. In each of these places Mary Lou taught school. If there was no home economics position available, she would pursue another positionsaying she would go back to college and get certified to teach it. School districts always hired her because she had such skills in selling herself!
After their children had all left home, she and Reuben moved to San Antonio. There she found a job teaching ESL. In all, she taught about 39 years. After she retired, Reuben passed away, and she decided she wanted to move back to Washita County where she grew up. She was so happy to live close to her childhood friends and several family members. She also became very involved in OHCE. She worked in the county fair every year and won several awards, the most outstanding was being selected to the Hall of Fame in 2016.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cordell and attended regularly until her health wouldn’t allow it, then she attended Sunday School at the Village.
She is survived by her children Rosemary Condon and husband Richard, Rosiland Johnson and husband Steve, and Ray Knox; grandchildren Sandi Walker and husband Todd, Caitlin Johnson, and Clay and Curtis Chapman. She also had six great-grandchildren Madeline, Savannah, Landon, Bella, Julia, and Levi Walker.
She has one remaining brother, Jimmie Prickett and wife, Anna of Dill City, OK as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mamie Prickett, husband Reuben Knox, son Ralph Knox, six brothers (B.P., Frank, Carl, Lloyd, Loy Elvin, and Joe) and two sisters, Naomi and Mildred.