Sister Mary Mercedes Knott, OSU

Sr Mary Mercedes Knott2Maple Mount — Sister Mary Mercedes Knott, 90, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Feb. 21, 2013 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 65th  year of religious life. She was born in Knottsville, Ky., the daughter of the late James Eugene and Virgie Lee Horrell Knott. While she was a child, the family moved to Wilhelmina, Mo., where she grew up.

A gifted homemaker, Sister Mary Mercedes was a quiet person known for the many kindnesses she showed, and her devotion to Mary. She served in the diet kitchen at Mount Saint Joseph (1951-57, 1964-65, and 1975-81), and part of that time was diet kitchen director. She also served at St. Bernard Academy, Nebraska City, Neb. (1947-48), St. Catherine Convent, New Haven, Ky., (1948-51), Sacred Heart Academy, Waterflow, N.M., (1957-64), St. Denis Convent, Louisville (1965-75), St. Stephen Cathedral Convent, Owensboro (1981-86) and at St. Angela Convent, Louisville (1986-94, 1998-2005). She ministered in pastoral outreach for St. Joseph Parish, Aztec, N.M. (1994-98).

Survivors include three sisters, Mary Frances Smith, Boone, N.C., Mabel Eloise Macke, St. Paul, Mo., and Margaret Aurelia Brown, Arnold, Mo.; two brothers, Charles C. Knott, Arnold, Mo., and James Patrick Knott, Imperial, Mo.; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Mount Saint Joseph, where  visitation will begin Monday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Mary Mercedes may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. petra sedillo

    my twin sister(aka sister Angelita) and I were at sacred heart academy in the late 1950s.. we worked in the kitchen with her and Sr Mary Laura.. they were very kind to both of us and i have many fond memories.. she taught many things most of all kindess and humility .

  2. Mary Jo Nault (Sweatt)

    A lovely and delightful lady. We used to laugh about eating bean and mash potato sandwiches when we were kids. Obviously we were children of the great depression but only had happy thoughts of our childhood. She carried that same happy attitude in all she did.

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