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Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA

OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth Knisley

August 10, 1942September 13, 2020
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Mary Elizabeth Knisley of Fredericksburg passed away on September 13, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. Mary was born August 10, 1942 to the late James Hawkins and Elizabeth Hawkins Switzer.

Her survivors include her sons, Ricky Haines (Maggie), Kenny Haines (Kim), daughters, Brenda Young (Tommy), Nancy Leake (Butch), and Cindy Haines. Brother, Charlie Hawkins (Betty), and sisters, Hazel Haines (Richard), Lois Alter and Shirley Hitt, her sister in-law and best friend Virginia Haines Hitt, 8 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by the true love of her life William “Bill” Knisley of 20 years. Also, by her first husband and the father of her children Russell Thomas Haines. Brothers Junior Hawkins, Billy Hawkins, sisters, Josephine Pickett and Pauline Grigsby.

Pallbearers are her grandsons Tim Brown, Ricky Haines Jr, Kenny Lee Haines, TJ “Punkin Head” Young, Travis Leake and Nick Swett

Mary was known for her feistiness, and her flirtationess with every man she met. We would have to tell her to behave herself and she would say “why”. She would tell her Dr’s or whoever she met that didn’t know her, that she has five brats. She had no filter. She enjoyed cooking for her family. She loved to go to Charlestown and play the slots. Her favorite NASCAR driver was Jeff Gordon. Back in the day when the love of her life was still with her “Bill”, they would sit around and play poker, smoke their cigarettes and drink Canadian mist. Which she also taught her grandchildren how to play poker and would play with them often. Whenever you visited her she would say “Did you bring me a good stiff drink”. She loved her coconut rum. Mom fought a hard and long battle this past year and a half especially with her dementia. Despite all of that, she was still her spunky self and was often referred to as a “hoot”. She was very special to all of us and everyone who knew her.

We want to give a big special thanks out to Charlotte Powell. She was a life saver these past couple months. She may have came into mom’s life as a caregiver, but in the end they became very close. Every evening when Charlotte went to leave, mom would asked her “where are you going, aren’t you spending the night” and Charlotte would say “No I’m going home but I will be back in the morning” mom would say “ok behave yourself, I’ll see you in the morning, love you”

You are now at peace and no longer in pain. You will always be in our hearts and we will always miss you. Until we me again “We Love You, Your Five Brats and Grandchildren”

In Liew of flowers donations may be made to the National Alzheimer's Association or to Spotsylvania Baptist Church, P.O. Bock 368, Spotsylvania, VA 22553

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tim Brown
  • Ricky Haines Jr
  • Kenny Lee Haines
  • TJ “Punkin Head” Young
  • Travis Leake
  • Nick Swett

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

Memories

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Linda Turner

September 18, 2020

Aunt Mary was one of my favorite aunts. She was kind, funny and ‘cool’. She’d say ‘here comes trouble’ followed with a hug and ‘how’s Ms. Linda doing today’ every time I saw her. My fondest childhood memories are Sunday visits to grandma’s house that included her family. I know they were special visits for my mom (HazeI) too. When she called to tell me Aunt Mary passed away, there was so much sadness in her voice it was obvious that the loss was really painful. Mary was special to her ...and to many others!

To my mom, my aunts & uncle: you were lucky to have had a sister like ‘Merr’. I know you respected and loved her and will all miss your big sister. I’m so sorry for your loss.

To my cousins Ricky, Kenny, Brenda, Nancy and Cindy: my heart hurts for each one of you. Please know I’ve always admired how close you all were to your mom and to each other. The bond you share is a testament to your upbringing and having a great mom who fostered that closeness. I know the days ahead are going to be hard and I wish there was something that could be done to ease the pain of grief . I pray in time, you’ll find peace in her memory!

Sending love, prayers & hugs! With a big ole shot of whiskey, cheers to Aunt Mary!!

Linda Haines-Turner

Patty Santmyer

September 18, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family. May God comfort you at this time of grieving.

Dawn Anderson

September 16, 2020

Prayers for all of her family. Mary was such a huge part of my life growing up. I remember her bringing Bill’s Archway cookies while dropping Brenda,Cindy, and Nancy off at my house in her big station wagon. I remember her potato soup and hanging out at the bowling alley while she and Bill played. I remember her spunk and popping gum. Mary had a kind heart and a love for her family that is unmeasurable. She will be greatly missed.

Charlotte Powell

September 16, 2020

I will always remember and cherish the time I spent with Mary, it was as if she were my mother. 2 things she would always say is lets go get a good drink and you think we can find us a couple of good looking men while we are out? She was so funny. I'm going to miss you, love you so much, rest in peace my sweet Mary🥰❤

Melinda Kube

September 16, 2020

So very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. Hold tight to all the memories, joy, and laughter you shared together. She was loved and will be truly messed by all.

Kelley Decatur

September 16, 2020

How sorry I am to hear of your passing Mary. I remember when your bunch moved to Conway road. We had many laughs and memories long ago but it feels like it was yesterday. I can hear you popping that chewing gum and wondering how you did that. I always wanted to pop my gum like you but til this day I cannot. Thanks for being a great part of my childhood memories. I will think of you often. With much love and sorrow, Kelley Hollibaugh Decatur

Susie Bourne

September 16, 2020

Dear Nancy & Family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss . May God Bless each of you during this difficult time!

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