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Betty Knussmann (12-18-19) service 1-4-20

Betty Kaner Knussmann was born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dec. 12, 1930. After growing up in St. Louis, Betty married Quentin Knussmann in 1950.
After many years of moving around the country for Quentin’s job, they settled in Counce with their four children, when they purchased Pickwick Catfish Farm in 1974.
Having never tasted catfish or hushpuppies, Betty took on the challenge of opening a catfish restaurant. Learning from neighbors, Betty perfected her catfish and hushpuppies (best ever) and gracefully managed the restaurant for more than 40 years, serving as the chief cook and bottle washer.  Betty never met a stranger and welcomed all into her restaurant like long lost family and friends. Many people who visited the restaurant over the years would scour the walls to find their picture in a Pickwick Catfish Farm T-shirt.  In her free time, she took to the golf course where she enjoyed playing in a ladies golf league. She lived on the farm until 2018, when she moved to Riverwick in Savannah and then Country Cottage in Corinth. She died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the age of 89.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Quentin.
She is survived by her  four children; Gregory Knussmann and wife Roberta of Albuquerque, New Mexico,  Pamela Goese and husband Jim of Counce,  Kevin Knussmann and wife Jill of Golden, Colorado, and Gillian Baker and husband Bill of Matthews, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, James and wife Mary Ellen, Taylor, Chelsea, Daniel and wife Hannah, Glenn, Graham, Spencer, Stephanie, Gia; and one great-grandchild Grant.
Betty’s body has been donated to science for researching Alzheimer’s and cancer.
A memorial will be held on Saturday Jan. 4, at 10:30 a.m., at Pickwick United Methodist Church, 10575 Hwy. 57 S., in Pickwick, with Rev. Vicki Landrum officiating. Visitation and coffee to follow.