Lillian Faye “Lil” (Mercer) Knable, 79, of New Albany passed away peacefully on May 11, 2017, at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital surrounded by the laughter and tears of her close friends and family.
Lil was born on February 26, 1938, in McKee, Kentucky, to the late Odie and Lucy (Slone) Mercer. Her family moved to New Albany, Indiana, when she was a child, and she lived the majority of her life in the community she loved. She was a 1956 graduate of New Albany High School and married the late Alfred L. Knable, Sr., in 1960.
In addition to being a homemaker and a mother of five children, she worked at her husband’s family dental practice for over 20 years. In 1984, she began working at Samtec in the Accounts Payable Department, a job she enjoyed for 23 years until her retirement in 2007. In her retirement, Lil remained active with friends and family. She attended Bible Study and worked at the coffee shop most Sunday mornings at Northside Christian Church. She was an avid Bunco player in which she remained a dedicated player to the same group for 27 years. Lil also enjoyed consignment shopping with her friends.
Lil rarely went anywhere in town without seeing an old friend to talk to and loved having that companionship. She will be remembered for her funny, quick wit and her determination in difficult times. She taught her children the importance of hard work and responsibility to their commitments.
Lil is survived by her children, Nick Knable (Joanne), Leslie Knable (Jeff), Al Knable, Jr. (Jessica), Daniel Knable (Leslie), and Jana Hankins (Bryan); grandchildren, Chelsea Stout (Zach), Alissa Bennett (Solomon), Bailey Knable, Cain, Isaac, and Georgia Mathewson, Clair, Harrison, Elias, Nolan, Isabella, and Louis Knable, and Holden Hankins; great-grandchildren, Xavier and Xander Lillian Stout; brother, Ellis Mercer; and her loving Kitty Gant. The family would like to express their thanks to her friends, Bridget Kessinger and Bobbi Smith, for their care and companionship during Lil’s final days.
Visitation will be from 12 Noon to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany) with her Memorial Service following at 6:00 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611).
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