EDNA — Flonnie P. Knewtson, 99, of Edna entered her eternal home on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 17, 1912, to George W. and Minnie Campbell Burnett near Monticello, Ky. At age 9 she moved to Kansas with her family, settling near Edna. She attended Ripon Grade School and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Edna High School. At 13, Flonnie received Jesus Christ as her Savior at a revival at the First Baptist Church, Altamont. At 15 she was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church at Edna, where she remained a member until her death.
She married Raymond E. Knewtson on March 28, 1934, in the Baptist parsonage at Oswego. They made their home on a farm southeast of Edna in the Ripon community and later moved to another farm near Edna, where Flonnie still lived.
Family and church were her main priorities. Flonnie taught Sunday school classes for many years and has a plaque recognizing 35 years of service. Most of the time she taught junior boys and sometimes junior girls. She has had several students come back years later and tell her something specific they learned under her teaching. At least three of her former students went into the ministry when they were grown and many others are active in their churches. For many years she was active in the Women’s Missionary Society at church, sang in the choir and also taught in Bible school. She served as room mother for both of her children when they were in school. She was also a member of the Sunshine Embroidery Club. She was a prayer warrior for her family and others in the community who needed prayer.
Flonnie had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Edna for more than 80 years.
Before becoming a mother, Flonnie like to quilt and has pieced and hand-quilted many quilts. She has won blue and purple ribbons on her quilts at the Coffeyville fair.
Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Knewtson of Coffeyville; a son, David Knewtson and his wife, Linda, of Nixa, Mo.; three grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Tiana Knewtson, Fredericksburg, Va., Drs. Jeremy and Sherry Knewtson of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Drs. Melinda and Jeremy Reed of Springfield, Mo.; six great-grandchildren, Caroline and Jack Knewtson of Fredericksburg, Va., Nathan and Elsa Knewtson of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Avery and Lucas Reed of Springfield, Mo.; and a brother, Woodrow Burnett of Edna. She also had many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother, who died in infancy; and her husband, Raymond Knewtson.
The service was Monday at the First Baptist Church at Edna with the Rev. Charles Evans officiating. Burial was in the North Edna Cemetery with Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in charge.
Memorials are to the First Baptist Church of Edna or Gideons International. These may be left with the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.PenwellGabelCoffeyville.com.