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Lucille "Lucy" Knell Buckwell
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1883
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Death: Dec., 1973
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

December 3, 1973


Mrs. Lucy Knell Buckwell, 90 of St. Luke's Care Center, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in McCune-Brooks Hospital, where she was admitted last Monday. She had been seriously ill the past month.

Born April 17, 1883 in Carthage, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knell. Her father founded the Knell Mortuary on December 14, 1882. It is the oldest business in Carthage still operated by the same family.

Mrs. Buckwell graduated from the Carthage Collegiate Institute, which was located where the Mark Twain Elementary School now stands.

She was married to George G. Buckwell, on June 10, 1908 in Carthage. They lived in Carthage until 1916, when they moved to Jefferson City and the following year to Kansas City.
Mr. Buckwell died September 23, 1920. Mrs. Buckwell then returned to Carthage and joined the Knell mortuary. She was a licensed embalmer. She and her sister, Miss Emma R. Knell, were the only women licensed embalmers in Jasper County. Their father, E. Knell was the first licensed embalmer in Jasper County, holding the seventh license to be issued in the state of Missouri.

Mrs. Buckwell was active in operation of Knell Mortuary until march of 1949, when she sold her interest to her nephews, Frank W. Knell and Robert H. Knell, who continued management of the firm.

Her father, who founded the Knell Fair, which later became the Southwest Missouri Fair, died December 24, 1910. Her mother, Susan Knell, died October 18, 1946. Her sister Emma R. Knell, died September 19, 1963. Two brothers also preceded her in death, Fred E. Knell and Frank W. Knell, Sr., who died March 31, 1943. All were licensed embalmers and funeral directors.
Mrs. Buckwell made her home at 320 East Chestnut before moving to St. Luke's six months ago.

Surviving are one daughter;
Mrs. Charles Knoblauch of Woodland Hills, California
four nieces;
Mrs. Charles Stone of Vincennes, Indiana
Mrs. Dorothy Coombs of Carthage
Mrs Jim 'Mary' Colvin of Kenedy, Texas and
Mrs. Helen Held of Yakima, Washington

three nephews;
Ed Knell
Robert Knell and
Frank Knell all of Carthage.

Mrs. Buckwell was a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church, a member of the Royal Neighbors Lodge
The Stephenson Rebekah Lodge No. 51
The Emminence Chapter, Order of Eastern Star
the Sunshine Society and
The Madison Township Community Club

She formerly was active in the Rhoda Fairchild Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and chapter AP of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Services were held in the Knell Mortuary
Rev Peter VanZanten of Grace Episcopal officiated.

Family links: 
  Edward Knell (1854 - 1910)
  Susan L Wheelock Knell (1856 - 1946)
  George G. Buckwell (1878 - 1920)*
  Susan Knell Buckwell Knoblauch (1909 - 1991)*
  Emma Rosina Knell (1878 - 1963)*
  Fred E Knell (1879 - 1921)*
  Lucille Knell Buckwell (1883 - 1973)
  Frank William Knell (1884 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Bl 33 Lot 118 Sp 3
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Jan 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64468853
Lucille Lucy <i>Knell</i> Buckwell
Added by: NJBrewer
Lucille Lucy <i>Knell</i> Buckwell
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Lucille Lucy <i>Knell</i> Buckwell
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- Rebecca Cumins
 Added: Sep. 16, 2011
Emminence Chapter, Carthage, MO
 Added: Feb. 14, 2011
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
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