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McKNIGHT-PURVIS, Gladys passed away on May 2, 2013, in Escondido, Calif., at the age of 91. She was born in Mitchell, So. Dakota on March 8, 1922. Gladys married Kenneth McKnight on May 1, 1941, while he was serving in the United States Marine Corp. While war was in full swing she gave birth to two sons with more family to come later. Ken was honorably discharged as a Sergeant Major in 1945. She eventually had six children with Ken. Glady, as she was affectionately known, was a devoted wife and mother who did not hesitate to look for and obtain employment to assist with her large family as the country recovered from the war. She often juggled home and work and still found time to dabble in art which was just one of her passions. In 1961, while a student at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., she entered a contest to design the city seal for the city of San Marcos. She was chosen as the winner and the design is still in use today. Glady was injured and blinded in her right eye at a young age but she overcame this injury to not only drive but to not let it impact her in any way or slow this dynamic lady down. Glady moved to Quartz Hill in 1979, then later to Lancaster for six years and enjoyed early morning walks in which she described it as 'Wonderful clean high desert air and very peaceful'. In 1997, while living in National City, Calif., she met and married Wally Purvis until his death in 2010. Glady was preceded in death by her mother, Maria and father Ernest, her brothers Robert and Richard and sister Rose. Ken and Gladys third son James tragically passed away at age 18 while living in Vista, Calif. Glady is survived by a large family that includes son Robert wife Steffany, grandsons: Mike and Matt), son Scott, (wife Peggy, grandson Steve, his wife Michele, their son Steven Kai, their daughters Jessica, Miranda and Kenna and her husband Bill and their son William III) and grandson Daniel, (his wife Renea, daughters Kelsey and Lauren), son Donald (his son David), daughter Marcia (her husband David, daughters Jessica and Carrie), son Jon (his wife Carrie, and sons James and Derek). She also is survived by many other grandsons, great-grandsons and granddaughters and a great- great-grandson. She also leaves many loving nieces, nephews, grand and great- grandchildren as well as many friends. Her wish was for no services except for immediate family and to will her body to U.C. San Diego for medical research with donations to ones favorite charity if desired.

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