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Jamie L. Knowlton

March 1, 1977 August 10, 2019
Jamie  L. Knowlton
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Obituary for Jamie L. Knowlton

Jamie Lyn (Kaiser) Knowlton, 42, of Normal, IL, went home to be with the Lord and Savior on August 10, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL.

Born March 1, 1977 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois, to Doug Kaiser, and Lee (Drake-Kaiser) Schall, Jamie graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School. She later moved to Connecticut and received her Early Childhood Educator Certificate from Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT. Jamie was gifted with children and worked various occupations caring for them, including being a beloved nanny, babysitter, preschool teacher, and at the library in Lincoln, Illinois. Jamie was a skilled administrator and incredible organizer, and additionally held jobs in the offices of her churches in Connecticut. Always a servant, Jamie also gave countless hours to teaching Sunday School, leading worship, leading a small group for junior high girls, mentoring the younger generation, snuggling babies at church, and giving a hand wherever it was needed.

Jamie's heart was to be a woman of God, wife, and then a mother; in that order. Jamie was thrilled to marry Joel Knowlton at Eastview Christian Church on May 3, 2014 and give birth to Liliana in 2015 and Gideon in 2017. Despite years of illness, Jamie was a devoted, selfless, and loving wife and mother to her whole family, including her stepchildren, Alexander, Clare, Chloë, Braden, and Andersen. Jamie’s faith and joyful spirit were the foundation of her home.

Without question, Jamie was the brightest light in any room. No one who has known Jamie can ever forget her. She was so generous with her smile and her laughter, and she engaged in enough fun and silliness to cheer a downcast friend, please a gang of relatives, or entertain a congregation of worshipers. Jamie loved games of all kinds, singing (especially with her large family), impromptu skits, all things Disney, cruises and travel, planning amazing parties and events, fireworks, date nights laughing with Joel, spending time at her mom’s lake house, her annual Drake Family Christmas reunions, and going to the state fair. She was also an avid reader, crafter, and a skilled hair style creator. She loved the Lord and serving Him and was greatly looking forward to worshiping Him in heaven one day!

In addition to her husband, children, and parents, Jamie is survived by her stepfather, Robert Schall of Middletown, IL; sisters Debra Kaiser of San Mateo, CA, and Kimberly Robbins of Cameron, WI; uncles William T. (Sherrie) Drake of Blufton, IN, Michael (Ruth Ann) Drake of Atwood, IL, Larry (Patti) Drake of Elkhart, IL, Kerry (Melanie) Drake of DeMotte, IN, David Kaiser of Royal Oak, MI, and aunt Robin (Mark Bibler) Drake of Zionsville, IN; dozens of cousins, and uncountable friends, including precious lifelong friends, Nancy Gooding, Dale Seggelke, Trent (Alysha) Seggelke, Ryan (Carrie) Seggelke, and many others that became family to her. Also surviving are her mother-in-law, Mary (David Phelps) Knowlton; and two brothers-in-law, Richard Knowlton and Timmy Knowlton.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Leslie and Lillian Drake of Crown Point, IN, and Mort and Edith Kaiser of Lakeland, MI; uncle Daniel Drake of Crown Point, IN, and Aunt Carol (Drake) Miles of Hammond, IN.

The visitation will take place on Friday, August 16, from 4:00- 7:00 p.m. at the Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, 1800 Eastland Drive in Bloomington, IL.

A funeral service will take place on Saturday, August 17, at 10:00 a.m. at Eastview Christian Church, 1500 Airport Road in Normal, IL.

Jamie’s desire was for floral remembrances to be excluded. Instead, a fund to supplement the cost of one of Jamie’s last wishes, to have in home consistent childcare following this difficult loss, has been established. In memoriam, please consider donating to In the Search bar, please type “Love for Jamie’s Children”, which will bring up the fundraising campaign. Those wishing to honor Jamie’s life in additional ways may also choose to contribute to another of her favorite causes: Music Connections Foundation (to support Kindermusik), the Eastview Dollar Offering or the Eastview Junior High Ministries.

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4:00 PM 8/16/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/16/2019 7:00:00 PM
Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home

1800 Eastland Dr
Bloomington, IL 61704

Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home
1800 Eastland Dr Bloomington 61704 IL
United States





10:00 AM 8/17/2019 10:00:00 AM
Eastview Christian Church

1500 Airport Rd.
Normal, IL 61761

Eastview Christian Church
1500 Airport Rd. Normal 61761 IL
United States

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