Mary Lou "Nanny" Knotts, 72

September 25, 2010

APRIL 7, 1938-SEPT. 21, 2010

CLEAR SPRING - Mary Lou "Nanny" Knotts, 72, of Clear Spring, Md., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at her home.

Born April 7, 1938, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Boyd Ellis Sr. and Mary Lee Brown Ellis.

She was employed for more than 35 years with the Potomac Center in Hagerstown, Md.

Mrs. Knotts was vice president of her local Teamsters union.

She is survived by two sons, Preston Knotts of Clear Spring and Scott Knotts of Fairplay, Md.; three daughters, Cynthia Howard of Snohomish, Wash., Kimberly Milburn of Williamsport, Md., and Pamela Knotts of Hagerstown; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, James B. Ellis of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one sister, Dorothy L. Shickle of Hedgesville, W.Va.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edison Knotts; and two brothers, Boyd Ellis Jr. and Charles L. Ellis.


A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 3, 2010, at Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Terri Coffiel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in the name of her son, Preston Knotts, c/o P.O. Box 614, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

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