Violet Knight (nee Hodgkins) of Fernie, BC passed away at the Elk Valley Hospital on July 26, 2012 at the age of 76.
Violet was born to William and Kizia Hodgkins at St. Eugene Hospital in Cranbrook, BC, on August 3, 1936.
With her parents, brother Billy and grandfather John Stocks, she lived at Clear Springs Farm in Roosville, BC until 1938 when her parents decided to return to England. There Violet spent the war years in Walsall, Staffordshire and endured the hardships of the times including nightly bombing raids, food shortages and worst of all, the loss of her father William who fell in Greece, 1941 during the BEF withdrawal. Despite all that, Violet had many fond memories of her time in England and often expressed the wish to return for a visit. In 1948 Violet and her mother Kizia came back to Canada and briefly to Roosville once more until the early 1950’s when they moved to Fernie. On July 20, 1957 she married Sidney Knight and went on to become a devoted homemaker and mother to three children, Debra (Smith), Carolyn (Wilson), and Kevin.
Violet enjoyed many activities both within and outside the home. Baking was her specialty, and her pastries, breads and buns never lasted long once out of the oven. She was a very social person, loving to visit with family and friends, and was always up for a party and especially dancing. For many years she drew satisfaction from hairdressing for neighbours and locals. Violet enjoyed camping and boating, and spent many summers out at the Koocanusa and surrounding lakes.
Violet is survived by her three children; four grandchildren: Justin and Sarah Smith, Derek and LaToya Wilson; and four great grandchildren, Noah, Beckett, Sidney and Sienna.