Sally E. Schrider McKnight

January 16, 2021

Sally Elizabeth Schrider McKnight, 87, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2021 after succumbing to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer which she had valiantly battled for over 32 years. She was born on July 2, 1933 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Dr. John E. & Louise (Brunson) Schrider.  She married Hugh P. McKnight in Dayton, Ohio on August 18, 1956 and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2021.

Sally was a 1955 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She later completed her master’s degree in Library Science at Butler University in 1971.  While at Miami University, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority (Beta Tau Chapter).  After graduation from Miami University, she started her education career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as an elementary school teacher. Subsequently, she lived in both Madison, Wisconsin and W. Palm Beach, Florida prior to moving to Indianapolis in 1963.  She worked as a librarian for the Indianapolis Public Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1988.  Sally was always very sociable and never met a stranger and was full of laughter.  She had many passions including her love of gardening and was known to share her many varieties of Hosta plants with friends and neighbors.  She had a fondness for all types of animals (especially raccoons!) and was often seen feeding and taking care of wildlife.  She was steadfast in her belief to give back to the City she lived in and gave of her time to many organizations.  She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Women’s Department Club, Classic Car Club of America, and Master Gardeners.

Visitation and Services

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to The American Cancer Society at the following address: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7009, Indianapolis, IN 46207

Survived by:

2 Sons: Kenneth B. (wife Lisa) McKnight of Carmel, Steven D. McKnight of Indianapolis, Sister: Jane Sajo of Junction City, Kansas, Sister-In-Law: Charlotte Thompson of Evansville, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother-in-law’s Harold Thompson and John Sajo.


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6 Condolences for “Sally E. Schrider McKnight”

  1. Jeff Plawecki January 18, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss. What an impactful life she lived! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Judith Lackey-Bunnell January 18, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Sally and I worked together many years ago at School 96 where she was the librarian. We were later sorority sisters in Alpha Delta Kappa, a professional educator’s group. I remember her lovely smile and her laughter. While at 96, I met Bandit, her first raccoon, while at lunch in her home. We enjoyed many lunches and meeting together with much laughter. She fought cancer so valiantly. She will be greatly missed.

  3. Dave and Sandy Pasotti January 18, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Ken and Lisa, we are so sorry to hear of your mother’s and your father’s passing. Dave lost both of his parents in early 2021 so we can certainly sympathize with you – never easy and complicated also by the pandemic. We will keep you and your family in our prayers, especially for peace and that you are comforted by the fact that they are together again. God bless. Dave and Sandy Pasotti

  4. Rick Patrick January 19, 2021 at 8:45 am

    I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences.

  5. Aaron Johnson January 19, 2021 at 10:59 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences and prayers to you and your family.

  6. Janie Sajo & Family February 4, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Our deepest sympathies over Sally’s passing. She will be missed. May you find peace and healing.

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