August 26, 1941 ~ June 21, 2021

Born in: San Diego, CA
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Barbara Lee Knott, 79, of Owensboro, Kentucky passed away Monday, June 21, 2021 under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky with her family by her side. She was born in San Diego, California on August 26, 1941 to Leon J. Callanan and Laverne R. Wamser. Barbara taught in the Owensboro Catholic school system at St. Alphonsus, Precious Blood, St. Martin, and Blessed Mother. She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. Barbara enjoyed cooking, entertaining, gardening, reading, researching family genealogy, and was active in Kentucky state and local politics.

Along with her parents, Barbara is preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen M. Knott, and her brother, Bernard J. Callanan.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joseph C. Knott; her children, Michael (Carla) Knott, James (Layne) Knott, and Peggy (Perrin) Curran; and 6 grandchildren, Owen Curran, Ethan Curran, Riley Curran, Evan Knott, Ava Knott, and Lily Knott.

Visitation will be 10:00am to 11:30am Monday, July 12, 2021, at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, with services following at noon at St. Stephen Cathedral.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Daniel Patino Shelter; 501 Walnut Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Knott. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Barbara Lee Knott and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: July 12, 2021 10:00 am - July 12, 2021 11:30 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: July 12, 2021 12:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. JC, Michael, Jim, Peggy and families,
    I am saddened to hear about cousin Barbara’s passing. As a Godmother, she was always so kind to me when I was a child and was equally thoughtful when I became an adult. I have fond memories of being a flower girl in her wedding and visiting in Kentucky with my Aunt Laverne. We shared some phone calls in the recent years, and I am happy now to have that memory.
    I will have masses said for her and will donate to the Patino shelter as your instructions suggest. My thoughts and prayers are with you all this week.
    –Ann (Wamser) Schlueter

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