Marquita Lynn Knecht, 57, Tulsa, died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, June 7. The rosary service and viewing are
6 p.m., Monday, June 10, at St. Pius X. The funeral service is
10 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, at St. Pius X. Father Kastl will be officiating and arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Eastlawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow the services at Calvary Cemetery.
Marquita Lynn Layton was born in Pryor on Dec.15, 1955, the only daughter of Betty Layton and Jacob “Jay” Layton. She graduated from Pryor High School and continued her education to receive a bachelor’s of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Nutrition from Northeastern State University. She was married to John William Knecht on March 13, 1982. They had been together for 31 years. The two met while working for Safeway grocery store. She then went on to become a teacher for Union Public School District for 12 years. She received the Teacher of the Year award for the Union eighth-grade center in 2008 and was able to impact many young lives. Knecht was a wonderful woman who enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading, attending St. Pius X and above all teaching and taking care of her family. She was actively involved in FCCLA, where she was able to donate her time to her students and the community. She is survived by her husband, John W. Knecht of Tulsa; children John Austin and wife Katy of Bristow, Jacob, Jenna and Amber of Tulsa; grandchild Asher of Tulsa; mother Betty Layton of Pryor; siblings, Russell and wife Wanetta Layton of Huntington, Ark., Pattie Layton of Locust Grove, Mitchell and wife Sherry Layton of Nevada, Texas, Monty and wife Tammi Layton of Copan, uncle Buck Hoog of Pryor, aunt Sue and husband Dave Moorehead of Locust Grove, aunt Joyce and husband Richard Pursley of Locust Grove; and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father and brother Mark Layton of Adair. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to St. Pius X. “Blue Ribbon Facility for a Blue Ribbon School”.