Mary (Bunny) Chubb Knowles
Mary Ella Knowles passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and loving husband on Saturday, October 26th at the age of 73.
Mary was born on September 24, 1946 to Vera (neé Flick) and Charles St. John Chubb IV. She received her B.S. in elementary education and M.S. in school counseling from University of Kansas, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Porter-C. Knowles; her “seven” children: Chris (Marla), Steve (Darcy), Vickie (Philippe), Lisa (Matt), Laura (Tracy), Mark, and Jerry (Becka); fourteen grandchildren: Christopher, Nadia, Caleb, Alex, Brooke, Dashiell, Audrey, Théo, Ava, Lorelei, Ashley, Elise, Henry, and Vivienne; and her brother Charles Chubb V (Bev) and her two nieces:Catherine and Christina (Ron).
Mary spent nearly all of her professional life as a counseling psychologist working with young people, especially teenagers. She had a passion for helping people connect with what made them tick, and finding practical solutions that brought peace and harmony to their relationships. She always made the time and a special effort for her clients and students, or anyone in need.
Through her experiences, she wrote two books: one on the grieving process and her most recent work entitled, “Changing Perspectives.”
Her second career, her rental and property business, she built from the ground up with her husband and partner, Porter. They reached every milestone, every financial goal while providing homes for 23 fantastic families. Part of their mission statement was “to help people in transition.” She is especially proud of this legacy.
In her spare time, Mary was a consummate collector, collecting bunnies (She was known as “Bunny” to friends and family), antique dolls, fine glassware and exquisite Christmas ornaments. Sports, particularly the KU Jayhawks mens’ basketball team, was a passionate pastime. But most of all, Mary loved spending time with her family. Nothing made her happier than sitting at the kitchen table listening to the banter from her large and loving family. Thanksgiving and Christmas held a special place in her heart.
Mary, we wish you a wonderful and peaceful journey across the rainbow bridge.
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John D. Rauch
There were just six of us in our confirmation class at St. James Lutheran in Western Springs, and I still remember you as a caring and full of life person. It is sad to learn of your passing, but what a wonderful family legacy you have blessed the world with. Jesus now embraces you with his Love ! Denny
Ruth A. Lee (Copp)
I'm stunned and saddened to hear of Bunny's death. I had hoped to see her at the 55th reunion. We corresponded annually, and she was part of a group of friends at the lunch table: Bunny, Nancy Lemon (Pu), Barb Fletcher, Milena Chomko, and I (Pinky) at North Campus. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. She was so accomplished and caring and fun. She will be missed. I last saw her at the 50th reunion.
Jeffery (Jeff) W. Cady
I had hoped, as well to see Bunny at the 55h. We met as she came as a transfer into my 8th grade class (love at first site). She was one of those "bigger than life" people who always made you feel welcome in her world. Ran into her often at KU and years later when I returned to KC. Porter was so special to her, which made him tops in my book. I'll miss you, Bunny (never got used to calling you Mary). Sincerely, Jeff
William (Bill) A. Margeson
What a wonderful woman. She was ALWAYS a very kind, intelligent and lovely gal. I remember her so well. God bless her and her family. Good going, Bunny!!
Robert (Bob) D. Flynn
I am really saddened to hear of Bunny's passing. She was truly a wonderful, caring person and was one of the first to make me feel at home as I transferred to LT as a Senior. I have not seen Bunny for over 50 years, but her kindness and understanding left a permanent mark. Rest easy Bunny, you are in God's hands now.
Ann L. Davidson (Peel)
Bunny, I am lucky to have been your friend. You were so smart and funny, and we had such good times together. I'll never forget you.
Ann Davidson Peel