Elsie Marie Powers Knipmeyer

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Elsie Marie Powers Knipmeyer, of Blackburn, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at Tiffany Springs Rehabilitation Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Blackburn, with Pastor Andy Mockridge officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, prior to the service. Burial will be in the Blackburn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in care of Campbell Lewis Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born May 11, 1928, in Robertsville, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Elmore W. Powers and Lula Gibson Powers Ussery. Elsie graduated from Marshall High School in 1948. Wedding bells on May 27, 1951, were heard when Elsie Powers married Harry Knipmeyer from Blackburn. Together they served the Blackburn Community through the Knipmeyer family businesses, community organizations, and The St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Elsie was a very skilled seamstress and very creative in crafts. She would help make things for the Country Store during festivals and decorate the Blackburn Improvement Association Floats. Her skills in decorating were also seen at her church, where she was an active member in the Sunday School Department and Dorcas Society. She was active in the Lucky Leaf 4-H club as a leader, helping young people learn to sew and doing creative crafts. She was instrumental in the organization of the Homebuilders Club, which was organized in her home, many years ago. Elsie was considered to be a Master Seamstress by many and made most of her family’s clothes and several wedding dresses for people in the Blackburn community.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Carter and husband Rick of Boyce, La., and Donna Yaeger and husband David of Kansas City, Mo.; and one granddaughter, Ashley Listhartke and husband Matt, of Kansas City, Mo.

Her husband, Harry Knipmeyer, father Elmore Powers, mother Lula Powers Ussery, stepfather John “Streeter” Ussery and sister Grace Bosley preceded Elsie in death.