Linda Knight

Linda Sue Knight

Monday, November 14th, 1949 - Sunday, March 7th, 2021
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Linda Goodpaster Knight, 71, born in Salida, Colorado November 14, 1949. Accepted her invitation to Glory on March 7th, 2021. She left from her home in Frederick, CO surrounded by love and family after a three-year battle with cancer.
Linda was proceeded in death by her parents Bill and Juanita Prentice and her first husband of almost 50 years Gary Goodpaster.

She is survived by her second husband James Knight, her siblings, and their families. Rex (Kelly) Prentice, Harold (Karen) Prentice, Charlotte (Dave) Brunner. As well as her two children, Dean Goodpaster (Devin) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Shelly (Randy) Graham of Appleton, WI. Ten Grandchildren; Danny, Kelcie, Victoria, Gavin, Brookelynne; Nathan, Natalie, Nakayla, Nicholas, Narisa: 7 Great Grandchildren; Shelley, Victoria, Killian; McKinley, Genevieve, Olive, and Grady.

Linda grew up on Parker road in the home that her father Bill had built. She lived there up to her senior year of high school. The family moved to Lakewood, Co and attended South Sheridan Baptist Church, Pastor Ed Nelson.

Linda met Gary Goodpaster in high school and at first did not like him. In time he won her heart. Linda was heavily involved in her church and youth group and had invited Gary to one of the youth meetings. It was there that Gary heard the gospel and accepted Christ as his personal Savior. The summer of 1967, in the month of May, Gary and Linda eloped to Mexico, and were married. (Coming back home, now married, they had their traditional marriage ceremony in June)
Linda and Gary moved to Thornton, Co and joined Mountain Stated Baptist Church, Pastor Leon Sikes. Linda worked as a teacher in the High School (Mountain States Baptist Academy), and they were both heavily involved in the ministries of the church. Billy Hamm later became the pastor, and it was under his ministry that they surrendered by faith to go to Australia as missionaries. In late 1986 Gary, Linda, Dean and Shelly left for the mission field. Pastoring the Mt. Druitt Baptist Church and serving the Lord in Australia for 10 years. Upon returning to the states in 1997, Gary and Linda were called to and served in the Tri Town Baptist Church, Frederick, CO for 17 years until Gary’s health issues forced him to resign.

They came to Erie Bible Baptist Church where they both were willing to be used in any capacity and serve their Lord. Gary’s health continued to fail. Linda provided in-home care for years by the grace of God, and with the encouragement of her church and family. The testimony of her strength was an inspiration to those who observed and helped her through the long hard valley of Gary’s Alzheimer’s.

Linda began a new chapter in life when she met and married James Knight in 2017. Their joy and fresh start together were soon mixed with the emotions of her new cancer diagnosis, but their time together was a time filled with love, new beginnings, gospel concerts, camping trips, cave explorations, museums, and other multiple experiences. Her last chapters were overall, an exciting and grand adventure.

She lived by her life verse found in Proverbs 3:5-6 and did “Trust in the Lord with all her heart.” She leaves an example of a lifetime full of genuine faithfulness, and a legacy of a Godly woman.

Linda loved to listen to gospel music, singing, playing the piano, spending time with her grandchildren, sitting by the fire, reading books all while drinking her coffee!

She was a devoted loving wife, caring and thoughtful mother, and a very proud grandmother. She will be missed more than word can express. We look forward to that grand reunion meeting in the Sweet By and By.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held on April 10, 2021 at 11:00 am at Bible Baptist Church of Erie. 5050 NE County Line Road 1 Erie, Colorado. Service will be live streamed for those who are not able to attend.
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