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 Virginia Maurine <I>Knott</I> Bender

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Virginia Maurine Knott Bender

  • Birth 26 Jan 1913 Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 13 Jun 2003 Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA
  • Burial Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
  • Plot Section J
  • Memorial ID 19028660

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.


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  • Created by: Graving Queen of the OC
  • Added: 20 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19028660
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Virginia Maurine Knott Bender (26 Jan 1913–13 Jun 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19028660, citing Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Graving Queen of the OC (contributor 1380347) .