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Virginia Knott Bender
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1913
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Jun. 13, 2003
Newport Beach
Orange County
California, USA

Daughter of Walter and Cordelia Knott whom founded "Knott's Berry Farm" in Buena Park, CA. A long time memeber of Orange County society and contributor to conservative causes and candidates.
In the 1950s, multimillionaire Knott left his famous amusement park and restaurant in the hands of relatives to devote himself to the budding conservative movement. Daughter Virginia carried on his tradition. A graduate of Whittier (Calif.) College, she helped friend and classmate Richard Nixon in his campaigns going back to his winning Senate race in 1950. She also started Virginia's Gift Shop at the family amusement park and served as a director of Knott's Berry Farm until it was sold to Cedar Fair LP of Ohio in 1997.
Virginia Knott Bender was a strong supporter of the Young America's Foundation's much-praised on-going project to make Ronald Reagan's beloved Santa Barbara ranch a lasting monument to the 40th President. 
Family links: 
  Walter Knott (1889 - 1981)
  Cordelia Hornaday Knott (1890 - 1974)
  Kenneth Edward Reafsnyder (1915 - 2000)*
  James Joseph Webster (1914 - 1959)*
  Virginia Knott Bender (1913 - 2003)
  Russell Knott (1916 - 2002)*
  Marion Knott Montapert (1922 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairhaven Memorial Park
Santa Ana
Orange County
California, USA
Plot: Section J
Created by: Graving Queen of the OC
Record added: Apr 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19028660
Virginia <i>Knott</i> Bender
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Virginia <i>Knott</i> Bender
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Virginia <i>Knott</i> Bender
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