Knott, Ellajane (nee Rist)
April 21, 1925 – April 19, 2015
Age 89 of New Brighton, MN passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Mercy Hospital from natural causes surrounded by family. She is preceded in death by husband, Gordon, Sr.; brothers, James & Robert Rist; and son, Robert. Survived by sons. Gordon, Jr. & Tom; niece, Cassandra Salo; grandchildren; and beloved dog, Danny. Born on April 21, 1925 to James Arthur & Mary Ann Rist in Velva, North Dakota, precocious Ellajane was the youngest of five siblings. Working by age 10, she later founded the Twin Cities Models Guild and fund-raised for worthy causes. Her passion for people and endless creativity led to her dream career in Special Events, Journalism & PR. Ellajane’s deep love and respect for family was her hallmark. She faithfully nursed her husband until his passing and offered endless support to all. Family members Gordon & Jackie Knott and Cassandra & Gina Salo were by her side in her final weeks. Her ashes will be buried with husband, Gordon Knott, during a private service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Please send memorial donations to: www.k9sforwarriors.org.