|Mary Ellis Daniel was born in Franklinton, Louisiana on April 17, 1907, the sixth of eight children born to Henry and Winona Daniel. She grew up at the family home in Fisher completing High School and starting Nursing School.
After her first year of nursing training, she met her future husband, Rev. Alton A. McKnight, while he was preaching at Fisher Community Methodist Church and they were subsequently married on April 23, 1929. Over the next forty years, she and “Brother Mac” shared in ministering to the people at numerous churches across the state, touching the lives of many with their love and devotion.
Mary was a wonderful pastor’s wife. She was always active in women’s groups, loved to entertain and cook, and take care of her two children, Shirley Glafcke and Alton, Jr. She had a strong faith in the Lord and throughout her life continued to demonstrate to all she encountered the qualities of a Christian lady. She was familiar with sorrow, having two other children, Henry and an un-named baby girl, both dying shortly after birth. At one time, while Brother Mac was Superintendent of the Masonic Home for Children in Alexandria, she was "Mother” to over thirty children who benefited from her participation in their lives.
When they retired from the ministry in 1970, she and her husband lived in a retirement home built for them in Rayville, LA. When her husband passed away in 1975, Mary continued to live there with the comfort and support of her many friends until deciding to join the community at Live Oak Retirement Center in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1985. She was an active and loved member of that community until her death, January 25, 1998. A memorial service was held at Live Oak on January 29th, conducted by Dr. George Pearce and Dr. Mickey Cowen and was attended by many who traveled from across the state to honor her life. She was buried January 31st at Fisher Cemetery, reunited with her husband and two infant children. Many of her childhood friends attended the graveside service, conducted by Dr. W. Spiller Milton.
Two sisters, Theda Coghlan and Lillian Knox; two children, Shirley Glafcke and Alton McKnight, Jr.; three grandchildren, Tracy Risner, Kevin and Jason McKnight and three great-grandchildren, Dakota, Tanner and Jesse Risner survive Mary. She will be missed by all that knew her
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1998; p. 255 By Shirley Glafcke, Alton McKnight, Jr.|