Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 5, 2012

Jewell Knapp

Corsicana — On, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, Jewell Myradell Warren Knapp, of Blooming Grove, passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, at the age of 89.

Myradell was born in Hillsboro to Claude Carroll Warren and Alice “Allie” (Barnett) Warren on April 29, 1923. When her mother died in 1929, her father moved the family back to Blooming Grove and that is where she grew up surrounded by the citizens of a small town who, in the absence of her mother, cared for her and nurtured her into adulthood. She never forgot their kindness and often related stories to the family about these special people in her life.

Myradell, also known as “Wop” to her friends and Myra in the workplace, graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1940. While in school, she loved the game of basketball and scored many points for the “Lions”. After graduation, she played semi-pro softball in Ennis for K. Wolens. When the war started, Myradell worked for Consolidated Aircraft in Fort Worth and, as a lot of women did in World War II, worked as a maintenance worker on airplanes and drove a forklift.

On Aug. 3, 1945, Myradell married Joseph Greer Knapp of Kaufman. After living in San Angelo for a few years, they made their home in Fort Worth, where they raised their son and daughter.

At the age of 49, and after her children were grown, Myradell decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and became a nurse after attending St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Fort Worth. She worked as a geriatric nurse in Fort Worth for Stanford Convalescent Center and then, after moving to Corsicana, worked for Corsicana Nursing Home until her retirement. She loved her time as a nurse and her patients came first.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brothers, J.D. “Bud” Warren and wife Roberta Baggett Warren, and George Inman “Buster” Warren and wife Mary Hill Stevenson Warren.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Warren Knapp and wife Nancy of Benbrook; and daughter, Karen Knapp Rost and husband Pete of Blooming Grove. Also surviving are grandchildren, Shari Knapp Smith and husband, John of Springfield Va.; Amy Rost Munn and husband Dustin of Maypearl and Shelley Rost Kruse and husband Micah of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren, Carson Smith, Sarah Munn, Sabrina Munn and Michael Munn; step-great-grandchildren, Justin Munn and wife Kristi, Lauren Munn, and Madison Munn. She was so looking forward to the birth of great-grandchildren, Olivia and Carter Kruse who are due in December. She is also survived by her beloved niece, Lynn Warren Matthews of Dawson.

Myradell loved her family and always looked forward to the family get-togethers. She loved her “Class of 1940” and for many years, enjoyed meeting with them each October for Homecoming. She was a charter member of the Blooming Grove Historical Society and recently joined the members in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication to the museum building. She was a member of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Corley Blooming Grove Chapel.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with Brother Dan Rogers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blooming Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 55, Blooming Grove, Texas 76626.

An online guest book is available at by selecting the Jewell Knapp obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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