Brenda K. Ward, age 61, of Noble County, passed away at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in her residence.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1957, in Rochester, to Arlo and Lois (Ummel) Knouff. She lived most of her life in Missouri and Indiana.

Brenda was a deeply spiritual and caring person, animal lover, traveler and dedicated to her family.

Brenda was an LPN and was a passionate caregiver throughout her entire lifetime. She enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, gardening and feeding the birds, and always took in any strays and rescue animals that came her way. Brenda was passionate about service and charity, and searching for ways to help others was a part of her daily life.

She was very creative and loved all forms of fiber arts. She was an especially avid crocheter and held the world record for the largest granny square. She also published poetry and short fiction.

She continued to learn, love and experience life on a daily basis. She was an intelligent woman and a lifelong learner. She was a longtime member of SCA, a historical reenactment society, as well as a member of Mensa.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Renee Ward (Matthew) Allen of St. Louis, Mo.; brothers, Bruce (Tabitha) Knouff of Warsaw and Roger Knouff of Noble County; and a niece, Hailey Knouff of Columbia, Mo.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 7, in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will follow immediately after at noon Sunday in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Chaplain Bob Jarboe will officiate the funeral service.

Interment will be private.


Memorials to the donor’s choice of charity.

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