July 5, 2011
Gail Miller Knox peacefully went home to heaven in the early morning of July 5th, following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was bathed by candlelight and music, surrounded by her family and faithful beagle, Bagel, at home in Fulton, NY. A young seventy-year old spirit, she remains an adored grandmother, mother, wife and aunt. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Jeffrey Knox; son, Andrew Knox, his spouse Doug Reid, their children, Jackson and Caroline; daughter, Amy Knox, her son Lennon; sister Mimi Miller, her spouse Robert and daughter, Marcie Jo.
Gail and Jeff moved to Fulton in 1974, to serve at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, where they raised Andrew and Amy. A math facilitator for over twenty years, she taught students to enjoy math at Lanigan Elementary School. Gail was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of Women Educators. Lanigan School bestowed the Golden Apple Award upon her for excellence in teaching. Her life revolved around education, church and, most importantly, her friends and family. She co-founded Story Hour at the Fulton Public Library with long-time friend Judy Rusho. She also helped create a ten-year tradition of ecumenical vacation Bible school for the City of Fulton. As a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Oswego, she was a Lay Eucharistic Minister, sang in the choir, taught church school and served on the altar guild. An ardent musician, she enjoyed singing in the Oswego Festival Chorus and church choirs. She loved traveling, especially to Elder Hostel workshops, learning and visiting National Parks among other hot spot destinations. Passionate about gardening and birding she made her home a haven for creatures great and small. Probably her greatest life joy was being Grandma to Jackson, Caroline, and Lennon. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, July 9th, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Oswego with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to CROP Walk International, either at the service or online at: www.churchworldservice.org. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton.