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Pattie Rae Eicher McKnight Tovey, 92, of Terre Haute, a native of Bedford, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Terre Haute. Born Dec. 4, 1925, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Ellis Ray and Fern (Cornwell) Eicher. She married William H. Tovey on August 24, 1966, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2003.
She graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1943. She retired from Citizens National Bank in 1981 after 31 years as a teller and receptionist. Pattie was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Indiana Firefighters Association and Lawrence County Historical Society. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her beloved family and friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan McKnight Newton and husband Daniel of Terre Haute; a son, Col. Mark E. McKnight, U.S. Army Retired and wife Christy of Leavenworth, Kan.; six grandchildren, Angela Reusser and husband Douglas of Carmel, Amanda Payne and husband Jesse of Doha, Qatar, Capt. Ian Ellis McKnight, U.S. Army and Capt. Mitchell McKnight, U.S. Army, both of Fort Benning, Ga., Sarah McKnight of Indianapolis, and Meredith McKnight of Leavenworth; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Ellis Dean Eicher and wife Fran of Longmont, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Nathan Sundt officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of service Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the chapel. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to White River Humane Society or First Baptist Church. Family and friends may express condolences at:
Published on February 19, 2018
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