Mary 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.


A memorial service will be held for Mary on Friday, November 1st at 11 a.m. at the United Church of the Resurrection, Building C, Wesley Chapel; 13720 Roe Avenue; Leawood, KS 66224. For those unable to attend, the church will be streaming the service live.
The family plans to meet and reminisce afterwards at the church.


Flowers are appreciated. If they are meant for the service, please have them delivered directly to Wesley Chapel by 9 am, November 1st (the day of the service.) As an alternative to flowers, the Knowles family suggests donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation ( or the MPN Research Foundation (


  1. Marge (Warsow) Schaller on March 7, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    My dear childhood frien. we grew up together in elementary school in Dearborn Michigan
    I remember how sad I was when your Dad got transferred to Chicago
    we kept in contact until Lisa was a baby. i came to your home when you lived in Florida
    after that we somehow loss touch
    I tried to contact you 2 1/2 years ago but was not successful
    then tonight i was thinking of you and tried to contact you again, this time I found you.
    i was shocked to see your obituary, i just cried and cried, I will always remember you
    you were my very first friend, Love you always, Margie ❤️

  2. Joyce Celaya on November 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Dearest Mary, My “perfect friend”. You will forever be in my heart as I treasure our 40 years of friendship. 40 years seems like a long time. But I will say it wasn’t long enough. I wish we had one more day, one more month, one more year. I will always remember your quality, “ you never met a stranger “. You left much goodness here. Rest In Peace. Love you forever. Joyce

  3. Cathy Adams on October 31, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Dearest sweet Mary,
    Reading this brought back so many memories that we all share together. Yes, teenagers have always been and always will be one of the loves of our lives. Many people will now lose out without being able to share the love and compassion that you give to them. I feel so fortunate to have had you in my life for the time that I had you. It is now your time to rest, sweet friend .
    I love you .

  4. Gloria Richardson on October 31, 2019 at 11:39 am

    A beautiful tribute for an angel. She was brave bold and courageous. She loved well. The simple things were the most important to her. Be at rest my friend.

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