2015 June 24: Jean Knowlton

Jean Elizabeth Knowlton of Rotonda West, Fla., born Jean Elizabeth Prescott, Dec. 10, 1941, died on June 24, 2015, due to heart complications.

“Jeano,” as her many friends affectionately called her, is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, James A. Knowlton of Rotonda West; her son, James R. “Rod” Knowlton of Tulsa; and her daughter, Donna Jayne Stokes of Marietta, Ga. She is also survived by her brother, Benjamin J. Prescott; twin sister, Jane Morin; three grandsons; two granddaughters; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.


Parents Diana M. Prescott and Benjamin R. Prescott preceded her in death.


In addition to being an adoring wife, mother and grandmother, Jean was also an accomplished artist, golfer, archivist, and photographer. She was celebrated in her family and community as a kind and generous spirit, contributing both her time and resources to many civic and nonprofit organizations throughout her lifetime, including St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Smith, the Ladies Golf Association, Rally for a Cure and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Jean embraced technology and through both formal instruction and self-education, became an invaluable source of technology support for the organizations and communities she served.


Jean loved to bring smiles to people’s faces and actively participated in a clowning group, which performed at local parades and charity events. She was a graduate of Concord High School in Concord, N.H., studied at Westark Community College in Fort Smith, and held positions at H&R Block, Osco Drug, Samuel Eastman and New England Tel & Tel.


Jean loved the game of golf, won and placed in many tournaments and club championships and victoriously shot four holes-in-one during her tenure on the links. Her final resting place will honor her outstanding dedication to the game and enduring commitment to her family, who will love and cherish her always. Jeano’s eternal spirit shines as bright as the summer sun over the Casco Bay, near the Great Chebeague Island Golf Course and her beloved family home, Kith-n-Kin, in the town of Chebeague Island, Maine.

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