Mary LaVaughn McKnight Ketchum, 96, of Memphis, MO went to be with her Lord on March 17, 2017 while residing at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.
The daughter of Dale and Nell Myers Rice, she was born in Scotland County, MO on June 18, 1920.
On September 1, 1937, Mary LaVaughn Rice married James Arthur McKnight and to this union a daughter was born: Helen. He preceded her in death. Then on October 22, 1997 she married to Jesse McCain "Mack" Ketchum and to this union her family grew to include three step-children: Jesse, Dean and Anna Jean. She loved to spend time with everyone in her family.
LaVaughn was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis, actively participating in the various activities there including attending church, the hymn sings, Joy Group, Sunday School and Bible studies.
When LaVaughn and James lived on a family farm, she always enjoyed raising a big garden and canning to preserve the fruits and vegetables.
She was secretary and reporter for the Scotland County Oats Bus for many years as well as a member of the Gideon's auxiliary.
Her other interests included embroidering and quilting many beautiful quilts. One of her most favorite pass times was playing Skip-Bo with Arleta and Jim.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, James in 1994 and Mack in May of 2010, her brother, George Rice, two sister-in-laws, Geneva Rice and Juanita McKnight along with her step-son, Dean Ketchum.
Those survivors left to cherish their memories are her daughter: Helen (Glen) Prince of Mendon IL; two step-children: Jesse (Juanita) Ketchum of Kansas City, MO and Anna Jean (Wayne) Mathes of Bolivar, MO; a step-daughter-in-law; Ruth Ketchum of Lyons, CO; a step-sister-in-law: Mary Ketchum of Kirksville, MO; along with other relatives including step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends including her special ones, Arleta Dye and Jim Houston.
Memorials in her memory may be made to either the Scotland County Nutrition Site or the Joy Group of the First Baptist Church in Memphis in Care of the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.