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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Rosalie Eleanor "Ellie" Knox, 74, of Brazil, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Royal Oaks Healthcare Facility.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1929, in Bowling Green, to Albert "Frank" Russell and Lillie Boomler Russell.

She graduated from Galien High School in Galien, Mich., in 1947. After high school, she worked for Clark Equipment in Buchanan, Mich., until she married Eddie Knox on June 25, 1950, in Three Oaks, Mich. They moved to Brazil, where she spent the rest of her life.

Upon coming to Brazil, she began to work for Indiana Governor Henry Schricker in the Department of Forestry. Over the years, she held several government jobs, including a stint as the assistant superintendent of the State Highway Department in Greencastle. She worked in several offices in the Clay County Court House, including the treasurer's and recorder's offices.

Later in life, she attended the Smart Appearance Beauty College in Terre Haute, and owned and operated her own beauty shop for several years. She was also employed at CBS in Terre Haute before retiring in 1978.

She was an avid Indiana University basketball fan and loved the outdoors and raising her boxer dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William "Bud" Russell; and her sisters, Claretta Rector and Pauline Lemieux.

She is survived by her husband; her daughters, Dianne Trusler of New Albany and Lilli and husband Dennis Meneely of Brazil; her grandchildren, Tammy Willan of New Albany, Traci Lawson of Los Angeles, Calif., Jeremiah Willan of New Albany, Miranda Meneely of Brazil, Brandy Trusler of Sacramento, Calif., Justin Meneely of Brazil and Elizabeth "Pokie" Gamble of Evansville; her great-grandchildren, Brianna Trusler of Sacramento, Calif., Tristin Brown of Brazil, Katelynn Willan of New Albany and Chase and Carter Gamble of Evansville; and her sister, Betty Julbert of Center Point.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bob Kumpf officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

The family asks that donations be made to the Clay County Humane Society in her name. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.