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Cora Belle Knoche, age 74, of Knox City, Missouri, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.

She was born on March 7, 1937, at Rockport, Illinois, the daughter of Jess and Claire Blackledge McMullin. On February 24, 1959, she was united in marriage to Owen Kenneth Knoche at Rock Island, Illinois.

Surviving are her husband Owen of Knox City, Missouri, one daughter Shelly Jackman and husband Reno of Columbia, Missouri, one step daughter, Darlene Fox and husband Gary of Comanche, Iowa, one step son Randy Knoche and Kansas City, Missouri, four sisters, Betty Paustain and husband Harold of Knox City, Missouri, Jodi Dailey of Florida, Patty Nicosia and husband Jerry of Troy, Missouri, and Patty Chase and husband Lenny of Basco, Illinois, one brother Ronald David and wife Becky of Hannibal, Missouri, several half brothers and sisters, seven grandchildren Carl Knoche, Tre` Knoche, Corionna Jackman, Andrea Krantz, Jess Hebdon, Erin Fox and Andrew Knoche, three great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cora was raised at Rockport, Illinois where she received her education. She and her husband owned and operated Syracuse Supper Club at Calamus, Iowa for several years. Cora was employed as a CNA for a number of years at Dewitt Hospital at Dewitt, Iowa. In 1982 Owen and Cora moved to a farm north of Knox City, Missouri. Cora was also employed as a CNA at LaBelle Manor for several years. Cora enjoyed cooking, flowers, cards, and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren who loved her dearly.

Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Burial was in the Knox City Cemetery. Reverend Mike Rash officiated the services. Casket bearers were Bill Davis, Todd Goodwin, John Good, Kelly Miller, Kenney Edwards, and Tre` Knoche. Honorary bearers were Robert Hubble and Terry Goodwin.

Memorials may be made to Knox City Assembly of God Church or Knox City Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.