Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

1805 Highway 281 North, Marble Falls, TX


Elizabeth Karl Knowles

July 14, 1938January 10, 2020

ELIZABETH ISABELLE (KARL) KNOWLES On January 10, 2020, Elizabeth (Betty) Knowles passed away from natural causes at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in the company of her husband of 57 years and her three sons. A native of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, where she lived for 24 years, Betty was educated at the University of Massachusetts where she earned her BS degree and later became an RN. She practiced her profession for several years until her first child was born and later when her last child went to college. Betty lived most of her adult life with her husband in suburban Houston and suburban (Spicewood) Austin, Texas, where she was active in the Methodist church and the Highland Arts Gallery. She was an accomplished artist. Betty and her husband enjoyed life at their lake house and from extensive international travel having visited six continents and 45 countries. She was a talented piano player and enjoyed playing for friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Wayne Knowles, her sons, David William (Jill) of Houston; Gregory Wayne (Patty) of Bend, Oregon; and Christopher Harwood of Austin; three granddaughters, Elise, Ashley, and Brooke; and one grandson, Garrett. From her Karl birth family, she is survived by three sisters, Marilee Karl-Foubert of Salzburg, France; Ruth Karl of Marble Falls, Texas; and Beverly Christenson of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; a sister-in-law, Kathy Karl of Narragansett, Rhode Island; and one niece, Alice Foubert of Salzburg. Many thanks to the staff at St. David’s Medical Center for making her final days as comfortable as possible until her passing. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family suggests donations to the March of Dimes in honor of Betty, who was a polio survivor. A Private Celebration of Life will be held at Clements Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls on Sunday January 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm.


  • Private Celebration of Life Sunday, January 19, 2020


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Alice Hagenbach

January 21, 2020

Auntie Bamba, as I used to call her when I was too little to say Elizabeth or Betty, was a wonderful aunt and godmother to me.
Even though in the last years we did not see each other as much, we have always kept in touch and we have always been a part of each other's life. There are so many memories that I can't chose one in particular. However, I do remember last year, while on vacation in Mexico with Greg, her son, we called her and Jim on January 1 to wish them a Happy New Year and I remember feeling so good about having a loving Family member to call. I knew that she was happy to hear from us and somehow that made me feel really loved and important. I miss her very much and I will always stay in touch with Jim and their sons. She knew what it meant to be a Family and I hope to honor her in staying close to everyone.

Beverly Christenson

January 18, 2020

My sister Betty was such a wonderful big sister, and she will be dearly missed. Her sense of humor, gentle wisdom, kind and caring heart, and determined spirit will forever remain as a cherished memory. She brought much joy and laughter to the lives of her family and so many others, and she enriched the lives of everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Jim, her sons, their wives, and the grandchildren, and all her friends who, together with myself, will miss her and remember her fondly.