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Betty Jean Knish

January 1, 1936 ~ August 23, 2020 (age 84)


Betty Jean Knish of Atlantic Beach, NC went to be with her Heavenly Father on August 23, 2020.

She was born in Dearborn Heights, MI to her loving parents, the late Charles and Beatrice Sutton. Known to family and friends as “Betty”, she earned her nursing education degree from Mercer College and masters degrees from Wayne State & University of Michigan. Betty met and married the love of her life, Eugune Knish, and upon his completion of military service, they made Detroit their home for 44 years raising four children.


As a wonderful and dedicated nurse and teacher for over 30 years, she touched the lives of many. She was an active member of St. Egbert Catholic Church where she offered her time and talent generously in many services. Upon their retirement they both enjoyed square dancing, visiting grandchildren, bridge with friends, and living in Atlantic Beach.


Betty will be remembered for her love of family, friends, a compassionate heart and countless acts of kindness. Betty was preceded by her late husband Eugene Knish and daughter Cindy Ketz.

She is survived by sons Gene Knish and wife Rita of Raleigh, NC; Richard Knish and wife Mary Beth of Clayton, NC; Greg Knish and wife Annette of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren Jeffrey Ketz and wife Angie of Portland, OR, Kristy Ketz of Detroit, MI, Lauren Knish and husband Daniel Shaver of Dallas, TX, and Amanda Lantzy and husband Pearce of Charlotte, NC; and great grandson Grayson Lantzy of Charlotte, NC.

Many thanks to Community Home Care and Hospice for their loving care of Betty and family support during the last weeks of her life.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Service and Crematory, Inc. of Morehead City, NC.

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