Sarah Elizabeth Knight


Sarah Elizabeth Knight, of Kansas City, Missouri, born on October 17, 1942 passed on July 2, 2021. Sarah was a beloved sister, aunt & great aunt who adored her great niece & nephew’s. Sarah was the daughter of the late Benjamin Owen Knight, Sr and Inez Mildred Knight. In her early years, Sarah grew up on a farm in north Kansas City. She road horses, participated in 4H and frequently left school early to spend time with her father on the farm. Sarah graduated high school from Barstow in 1960 and then attended William Jewel. She was a debutante in the Jewel Ball in 1961. She graduated from the University of Missouri (1964) with a teaching degree and then obtained her masters. Sarah was a Tri Delta. 

Sarah worked as a Special Education teacher for 25 years with the Shawnee Mission School District and North Kansas City. She started the Special Education program at Shawnee Mission North. After teaching, Sarah became an estate sale guru, managing/working/overseeing estate sales across the metro.  

Sarah was the first woman elected to the KC Ski Club Board. She ran ski trips for 16 years, as well as, organized many ski club tennis tournaments. Sarah had belonged since 1965 to the Friends of Art, an auxiliary of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. She was a member of the Friends of the Art Board for 6 years. Sarah truly enjoyed America Royal activities. She was a member of BOTAR (1965) and the American Royal Ambassadors. For three and half years, she arranged art shows every three months at the America Royal Museum. Sarah was active for five years in the Cardiac Auximmary of Children’s Mercy Hospital. She was a member of Vanderslice, Sketchbox and Warwick Society of the Kansas City Art Institute. Sarah was a member of the Barstow Alumni Board and the Diplomat’s Board.  

Sarah’s big joy in life were her family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, hosting dinner parties, visiting art museums, attending musicals and plays, wine tastings, treating others to meals, traveling and playing tennis and golf.


A Celebration of Life will be held on August 21st at 5:30 pm at Johnny Cascone’s located at 6863 W 91st St Overland Park, KS 66212. As many of you know, Sarah loved telling stories about her friends/family.

Memorial Contributions

In her honor, please bring your favorite stories about Sarah. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Special Olympics or Fire Foundation Kansas City.  


She was survived by her brother Benjamin Owen Knight, Jr, nieces & nephew, Anastasia Knight Oldham (Brian D. Oldham), Benjamin Owen Knight III (Amanda Knight), Ashley Knight Reed (Aaron Reed), and great niece & nephews; Madison Reed, Jackson Oldham, Gavon Reed, Griffin Knight & Cullen Knight.


  1. Roxanne Lang on September 28, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Sarah- oh so many stories. This one I remember and very telling about the type of person she was. A mutual friend had to move out of her place and complete a residency in St. Louis. She asked Sarah if she had storage for a garment box she couldn’t take with her. Sarah said sure. Soon after our friend left, I was over at Sarah’s small Georgetown apartment (which Sarah loved) and there was this huge garment moving box living I n the middle of her bedroom! Some storage. We worked together at the North Annex and socialized many times after work- oh the highjinksI I was trying to get her to visit me in Laguna Beach but her health was declining (which at the time I didn’t know). Rest In Peace beautiful lady.

  2. Carol A Tinsman on September 20, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    We had many adventures together. Skiing and tennis times together were always fun. Her friendship with my brother was very special. Sarah was always there to help others.

  3. Sharon K. Simpson on August 21, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Sarah was a very kind sweet lady. I met her in the early 80’s thru friends. She was a great story teller!! We worked estate sales with a group of ladies, which was more fun than work, art walks, parties, lunches, etc. When she taught at Shawnee Mission for Special Education, she set up a day for the children to meet my Great Pyrenees dog,”Kodiak”. I took dog treats so they each could give to him. They were so excited! Sarah loved her students. She will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

  4. Pamela C Stephenson on August 16, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    In the early years of our marriage Scott & I would see
    Sarah socially. Later we would cross paths occasionally. What a beautifully written obituary !
    Thoughts & prayers to all the family.
    She was a lot of fun to be around.

    Scott & Pam Stephenson

  5. Ann C Carroll on August 16, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    Sarah was a blessing in my life and I will miss her great smile and all her stories. Sarah will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

  6. Shirley Graff on August 16, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Sweet Sarah! She was my BOTAR buddy while we taught in the NKC District. We did have fun. Didn’t she always! Her distinctive voice has stayed in my head and I know she was an aunt extraordinaire, The world was simply better with Sarah in it and I am ever grateful for her in my life. My sympathy to Ben and the rest of her family.

  7. Gretchen (Pond) Lofgren on August 16, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I was a classmate of Sarah’s at Barstow. I was a boarding student from New Mexico and Sarah and her parents were always so kind to me. When my father couldn’t attend the father/daughter banquet, Sarah’s father included me as another daughter. Many fond memories of Sarah. I wish I had kept in contact with her. I know her presence will be greatly missed.

  8. Royceann Mather on August 16, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Sarah taught my brother at Shawnee Mission North and became a good friend to my mother and family. She loved her students and they loved her. As others have noted, she had a warm smile, kind heart and plenty of great stories!

  9. Mardell Nash on August 13, 2021 at 11:46 am

    I knew Sarah when I lived in Kansas City and worked on the Shawnee Mission school district. She was a beloved teacher and had a larger than life personality. Sarah was always fun to be with and generous and kind. She will be missed.

  10. Marty Knight o’Neal on August 12, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Childhood friend and playmate, friend, roommate in Mu Coach Don Faurot’s basement for a summer between William Woods and MU, maid of honor in my marriage to Jim Hide, and the lady who knew everyone in Kansas City, we shared so many experiences. I will miss her home full of whimsy and treasures and some wonderful visits in recent years.

    • Susan Welsh Macintosh on August 20, 2021 at 10:41 am

      Love and condolences to you, Marty, Ben and your families. ♥️
      The first time I met Sarah was with you and your Dad. We made a fun visit to their farm and ate the most delicious country meal I had ever eaten. There are other wonderful memories of Sarah in school, organizations, social gatherings and she was always so sweet and sociable. I always admired her teaching ability for many years. She was loved and will be missed!
      Sue and Bob Macintosh

  11. Missy McGillicuddy on August 12, 2021 at 10:12 am

    What a wonderful generous friend and neighbor Sarah was. I’ll always be grateful
    Missy McGillicuddy

  12. Kelli Baker on August 11, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Such a beautiful woman. Stacey, Ashley + family, hold on to those amazing memories you all shared with your beloved aunt. Another angel has her wings + is watching over all of you.

    • Curtis Hughes on August 12, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      Sarah Knight was a Sweet and Loving Lady , Aways had a story to tell you if it was yesterday or years ago. My Condolences to the Family and Friends. Mrs Knight warm smile and kind heart will be missed.
      Curtis J. Hughes

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