April 26, 1947 ~ November 16, 2019

Born in: Woodward, Oklahoma
Resided in: Lone Tree, Colorado

Mary Elaine Knight passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Lone Tree, CO at the age of 72 after a long, 16 months, battle with glioblastoma.

She is survived by her 3 adult children, Gia, Kristen, and Devin; 3 siblings, Tom, Ed, and Andrea; 3 grandchildren; 8 nieces and nephews; and a staggering number of beloved family and friends.

Mary was born, the youngest of four children, on April 26, 1947 in rural Buffalo, OK to Andrew and Lucille Roetker.  After high school graduation in 1965, Mary attended Northwestern State University in Alva, OK for a time with thoughts of possibly becoming a teacher.  While life took a slightly different path, through marriage, divorce, and raising children, Mary’s career path would see her pursue opportunities in residential and commercial real estate, office management, and executive head hunting, before ultimately earning her Bachelor’s Degree in HR from Colorado Christian University in 1990.

Mary had long held the belief that people are our world’s most precious resource.  It was that guiding principle that inspired her tireless work ethic and made her one of the best Human Resources professionals in the business.  She absolutely loved the opportunity to help people realize their potential and connect them for success, whether personal or professional.

To the end, she was a shining example of the power of positivity.  Despite the many challenges and devastating setbacks she endured throughout her illness, she maintained the same warm affable southern charm, positive energy, and elegance that enchanted everyone she met.

She left the world a better place by being in it and will be greatly missed.

Services will be held on Saturday, 11/23/19 at 2:00 pm in the chapel at MorningStar at Ridgegate: 10100 S. Commons St., Lone Tree, CO

For memorial contributions, a scholarship fund is being established in Mary’s name at Colorado Christian University.  Please contact Nancy Engel in the CCU Office of Advancement at 303-963-3079 with additional questions.

Checks* may be mailed to:

Colorado Christian University

Office of Advancement

Attn: Nancy Engel

8787 W. Alameda Ave.

Lakewood, CO 80226

*Please be sure to include Mary’s name in the memo section.


Memorial Service: November 23, 2019 2:00 pm

MorningStar Senior Living RidgeGate
10100 Commons Street
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124


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  1. Mary was the definition of a true lady. Over the course of 30 years I witnessed her positivity, grace and courage. She loved her family, friends and life. I’m proud to have called her my friend.

  2. Mary, you were a friend that I barely knew but enjoyed the times we got together. I pray you are enjoying the colors of rainbows and the sun on your face now in Heaven 🙏💕☺️

  3. Dear Mary,
    Now that you’re having dinners with Jesus and my Walt… May those views over the Rainbow be as peaceful and pure as we believe here.
    You were a wonderful and beautiful lady!

  4. Dear Mary,
    You were a great colleague, friend and partner in crime. Your laughter was contagious and your smile lit up a room.
    I will miss you dearly my dear friend!

  5. Dear Mary,
    You were such a refined, lovely Lady. I will always remember you with fondness and love. Rest Peacefully.

  6. In the short time that I knew Mary she definitely made an lasting impression on me. I am so sorry for the loss my prayers are with the family

  7. Mary and I were instant friends from the first moment we met. We both loved our high heels and joked that they were more comfortable than sneakers. I will always remember her southern charm and elegance but she was no push over either. She would stand her ground for what she believed in. I will always remember you Mary and call you friend.


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